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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


In this chapter, we learned how to differentiate between the different scales of networks. Then, we moved on to methods of identifying devices, including how each method was used. Then, we looked at the implementation of wired and wireless networks. While we primarily focused on physical networks, we finished this chapter by looking at using VLANs to further segment our network.

Now, you will be able to identify private IP address ranges that you will use extensively throughout your career. You have learned how to identify the MAC address of a Windows device, as well as the manufacturer from the OUI, which can help pinpoint what sort of device is communicating. You also gained an understanding of factors to consider when planning LANs. While this may not be something you will do in the early stages of your career, having an understanding of it will be beneficial. We also...