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Ethernet Networking for the Small Office and Professional Home Office

Book Description

In a local area network (LAN) or intranet, there are many pieces of hardare trying to gain access to the network transmission media at the same time (i.e., phone lines, coax, wireless, etc.). However, a network cable or wireless transmission frequency can physically only allow one node to use it at a given time. Therefore, there must be some way to regulate which node has control of the medium (a media access control, or MAC, protocol). Ethernet is a MAC protocol; it is one way to regulate physical access to network tranmission media.

Ethernet networking is used primarily by networks that are contained within a single physical location. If you need to design, install, and manage a network in such an envronment, i.e., home or small business office, then Ethernet Networking for the Small Office and Professional Home Office will give you an in-depth understanding of the technology involved in an Ethernet network.

One of the major goals of this book is to demystify the jargon of networks so that the reader gains a working familiarity with common networking terminology and acronyms.

In addition, this books explains not only how to choose and configure network hardware but also provides practical information about the types of network devices and software needed to make it all work. Tips and direction on how to manage an Ethernet network are also provided.

This book therefore goes beyond the hardware aspects of Ethernet to look at the entire network from bottom to top, along with enough technical detail to enable the reader to make intelligent choices about what types of transmission media are used and the way in which the various parts of the network are interconnected.

  • Explains how the Ethernet works, with emphasis on current technologies and emerging trends in gigabit and fast Ethernet, WiFi, routers, and security issues
  • Teaches how to design and select complementary components of Ethernet networks with a focus on home and small business applications
  • Discuses the various types of cables, software, and hardware involved in constructing, connecting, operating and monitoring Ethernet networks

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface
  6. Part One: Introduction
    1. Introduction to Introduction
    2. Chapter 1: Introduction
      1. Anatomy of a Network
      2. Network Operating Systems
      3. What Ethernet Really Means
      4. Types of Ethernet
      5. Ethernet Standards
      6. A Bit of Ethernet History
    3. Chapter 2: How TCP/IP and Ethernet Work
      1. Network Data Transmission
      2. Major TCP/IP Protocols
      3. The Ethernet MAC Protocol
      4. Alternative Protocol Stacks
  7. Part Two: Design and Connectivity
    1. Introduction to Design and Connectivity
    2. Chapter 3: Fast and Gigabit Ethernet Media and Standards
      1. UTP Cabling
      2. Fiber Optic Cabling
      3. Fast Ethernet Standards
      4. Gigabit Ethernet Standards
    3. Chapter 4: Creating Network Segments
      1. Hubs (Repeaters)
      2. Switches
      3. Where Do You Put It? Wiring Closets, Walls, Floors, and Ceilings–Oh, My!
      4. Appendix: Wiring RJ-45 Plugs and Connectors
    4. Chapter 5: Connecting to the Internet
      1. ISPs and IP Addresses
      2. Internet Connection Protocols
      3. Dial-up Connections
      4. Direct Connections
    5. Chapter 6: Routing
      1. IP Addressing
      2. Getting an IP Address
      3. Domain Names and DN5
      4. Making Routing Decisions
      5. Router Capabilities
      6. Adding Routers to an Ethernet
    6. Chapter 7: Integrating Wireless Transmissions
      1. Wireless MAC Protocol versus Ethernet MAC Protocol
      2. Wireless Speeds and Standards
      3. Wireless Access Points
      4. Wireless Security Issues
  8. Part Three: Making the Network Work
    1. Introduction to Making the Network Work
    2. Chapter 8: Network Servers: Files, the Web, and Printers
      1. Client-Server versus Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
      2. Server Operating Systems
      3. Web Servers
      4. Print Serving
    3. Chapter 9: Network Maintenance, Monitoring, and Control
      1. Command-Line Tools
      2. Sample GUI-Based Tools
      3. Real-Time Monitoring and Packet Sniffing
      4. Remote Control
    4. Chapter 10: Security Issues
      1. Security Threats to Home and Small Offices
      2. Basic Defenses
      3. Advanced Defenses
      4. Security Resources
    5. Chapter 11: Network Design and Simulation Software
      1. Network Design Tools
      2. The Network Hierarchy
      3. Simulating Network Traffic
      4. Documenting the Network Design
  9. Part Four: Ethernet Solution Examples
    1. Introduction to Ethernet Solution Examples
    2. Chapter 12: Network Example 1: Professional Home Network
    3. Chapter 13: Ethernet Example 2: Small-But-Growing Real Estate
      1. Business Overview
      2. Network Plans
      3. Network Design Considerations
    4. Chapter 14: Network Example 3: Small Law Firm
      1. The Internet, the Backbone, and Equipment Rooms
      2. Connecting End-User Devices
      3. Security Considerations
  10. A: Older Ethernet Standards
  11. B: TCP and UDP Ports
  12. C: Products and Vendors
  13. Glossary
  14. Index