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Networking Fundamentals

By : Gordon Davies
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Networking Fundamentals

By: Gordon Davies

Overview of this book

A network is a collection of computers, servers, mobile devices, or other computing devices connected for sharing data. This book will help you become well versed in basic networking concepts and prepare to pass Microsoft's MTA Networking Fundamentals Exam 98-366. Following Microsoft's official syllabus, the book starts by covering network infrastructures to help you differentiate intranets, internets, and extranets, and learn about network topologies. You’ll then get up to date with common network hardware devices such as routers and switches and the media types used to connect them together. As you advance, the book will take you through different protocols and services and the requirements to follow a standardized approach to networking. You’ll get to grips with the OSI and TCP/IP models as well as IPv4 and IPv6. The book also shows you how to recall IP addresses through name resolution. Finally, you’ll be able to practice everything you’ve learned and take the exam confidently with the help of mock tests. By the end of this networking book, you’ll have developed a strong foundation in the essential networking concepts needed to pass Exam 98-366.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Free Chapter
Section 1: Network Infrastructure
Section 2: Network Hardware
Section 3: Protocols and Services
Section 4: Mock Exams
Mock Exam 1
Mock Exam 2


This chapter provided you with an overview of the TCP/IP model. We went through the four layers: application, transport, internet, and network. We covered the functionality of each layer and some tools found within the model.

In this chapter, you learned how to use a terminal emulator, such as PuTTY, to make a Telnet connection. You also used the FTP tool to transfer files from a remote device. By understanding the TCP/IP model, not only will you have the knowledge required by the exam, but you will also be able to apply what you've learned to real-world scenarios. A firm understanding will provide you with the ability to troubleshoot networks more efficiently and identify points of failure.

In Chapter 11, Understanding IPv4, we will cover one of the key areas of networking, namely IPv4 addressing. We will discuss classful and classless addressing by highlighting...