Introduction

If you are reading this, I am sure that you are already aware that this book is about networking. To be more specific, it describes the various technologies and techniques needed to design, build, and manage a multiprotocol local or wide area network (LAN/WAN).

Generally, there are two types of computer networking books: theory books and practical books. Theory books provide in-depth explanations of computer networking concepts. Often, theory books focus on a particular protocol or networking service. Practical books, on the other hand, teach a specific skill or skills related to a specific function. Books like Windows NT Networking or Networking with Cisco Routers provide the reader with what he or she needs to know about networking ...

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