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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 moved away from our own infrastructure and looked further afield into WAN. We defined a WAN, before we covered the two packet-switching technologies of X.25 and frame relays. We then discussed the benefits of using a dedicated lease line. Dial-up, and other networking methodologies that used the POTS/PSTN, such as ISDN, ATM, and xDSL, were then covered. We also discussed some characteristics of the T-carriers and their equivalents, and the OC-levels used in SONET. Finally, we finished off this chapter by covering broadband and fiber connections, satellite, and cellular.

Going through this chapter, you learned how to create broadband connections on a Windows computer, before going on to learn how to configure network properties. While the former is becoming less common, you will still come across this; the latter you will be required to configure on...