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6 thoughts on “Guide to Networking Essentials, 6th Edition

  1. Andrew says:
    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not for self-study!, September 12, 2004
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    Andrew

    Please be aware that this book (and others by the same publisher)are meant for colleges and/or trade schools and thus the answers to exercises, labs, projects, etc are available ONLY to instructors. Furthermore, neither the publisher nor the authors maintain a website for errata so you are on your own if you misunderstand a concept due to typos and false information.

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  2. Michael J Woznicki "Michael J Woznicki" says:
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
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    Help Me pass the exam., March 18, 2001
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    Michael J Woznicki “Michael J Woznicki” (Holland, MA USA) –
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    Learning the foundation and fundamentals of networking is most important to passing the Network+, CCNA, MCSE, CAN, CIW, Inet+ exams and this book will get you started towards the certification success you are looking for.

    Updated to cover Windows 2000 and Linux, this book is made for the classroom setting. The authors include hands-on projects and case projects to help the student learn in more than a self-study and lecture setting.

    With topics like network concepts, design of VLANs and topologies, media, nics, protocols, architectures like 10 and 100 mpbs, token ring, apple talk, FDDI, CDDI, ATM and SONET, simple and complex networks, WANS, and troubleshooting, you have everything you need to gain a great foundation for the networking arena.

    With everything in the book there is also review questions, chapter summaries and key terms for each chapter. Overall this is the perfect teaching guide.

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  3. Henry J. Szczesniak "hanksez" says:
    13 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
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    Avoid This Book!, May 11, 2000
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    Henry J. Szczesniak “hanksez” (Northern California) –
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    If you’re new to networking and are looking for a book to adequately teach you the basics, avoid this one. Although the text does a fine job of introducing the essential topics, it provides five (5) types of information about these topics: Contradictory, Incorrect, Incomplete, Incomprehensible, and Decent. Since NE is a mnemonic and acronym driven subject, here are a few mnemonics to help you remember this: IDIoCy and DICey. The book is very poorly written; I read 3 other books on NE in the same time it took me to get through this book’s garbled syntax and errata. The decent part is the summary tables provided throughout the book on cabling, architecture, protocols, etc. The “limited version” Transcender test CD provided with the text is OK, but it is essentially a teaser to get you to buy the “full version.” Instead, I recommend the Sybex NE Study Guide (Chellis and Perkins), NE Unleashed (Sportack), and Accelerated MCSE NE Study Guide (Kinnaman). Using these, I just passed the 70-058 exam with a 900.

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  4. Leo of BORG "Leo M" says:
    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
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    Great for CCNA or other Enterprise folks.. for hobbyists, umm…, June 3, 2011
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    Leo of BORG “Leo M” (Central California, USA) –

    This review is from: Network Warrior (Paperback)

    Upshot: And you may find yourself…in a machine room or data center. You will need this book. Pros: If you just passed your CCNA exam, or have started working with enterprise level Cisco kit, there’s a lot here for you. Cons: If you DON’T work with Cisco kit, why are you here?

    For anyone not acquainted with data-centers & network operations, this book shows you how the other hardware half lives. When the author says `you should have passed the CCNA’ he’s very serious. There are NO EXPLANATIONS of basic Cisco terms. If you are not versed in TCP/IP and SOME Cisco kit, you will be spending a LOT of time in Google. And probably asking yourself why you bought this book.

    Those cautions aside, there are gems of `best practices’ for non Cisco or smaller network techs here: Amid the Cisco jargon you will find practical advice even for your small business or SOHO LAN, like in Ch. 27 `Basic Firewall Theory’, or Chapter 29 on different flavors of 802.11x WiFi and how to secure it. The author even introduces IPv6, with one of the most straightforward explanations I’ve read yet.

    But what really makes this book worth it are the backstories & practical advice from a veteran to new engineers on how to handle failure scenarios as well as the politics involved in maintaining large networks.

    In fact, everything from Chapter 39 (`Failure’), Chapter 40 (`GAD’s Maxims’) to Chapter 41 (`Avoiding Frustration’) would be welcome in any IT, infosec or dev reference.

    In short, I would somewhat recommend this book for non-CCNA folks interested in Network Engineering or Infrastructure. But I would highly recommend Network Warrior for the audience for which it was intended.

    Disclosure: I received the eBook download from O’Reilly for review purposes. I’m not a CCNA but have been around.

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  5. Edgard Padilla says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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    Great book for security eng that work with Datacenter engineers, August 19, 2011
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    Edgard Padilla (Towson, MD United States) –
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    This review is from: Network Warrior (Paperback)

    As Intrusion Detection Analyst or Security Engineer this book has help me understand or gmy knowledge of other network engineering appliances running in a Datacenter, like Load balancers, proxies, FW,routers, from diverse manufactures, and how it integrates with other security appliances like intrusion detections.

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  6. Dana Blouin "Engineer, Technologist, Geek" says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
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    Great book to keep on your desk., September 4, 2011
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    This review is from: Network Warrior (Paperback)

    Network Warrior is a very good book to keep on your desk as a reference. I have found that it covers a good range of topics with great amount of detail. It sells itself as a book of stuff that was not on the CCNA exam, and for the most part that is true; this books provides a slightly more advanced set of topics and a bit more depth than one would need for the CCNA, kind of a book to help you get you started on your way to that next level.

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