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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)
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Section 1: Network Infrastructure
Section 2: Network Hardware
Section 3: Protocols and Services
Section 4: Mock Exams
Mock Exam 1
Mock Exam 2

Understanding switch characteristics

While all the switches provide the basic functionality of forwarding frames, not all of them will be equal. In this section, I will provide an overview of some of the main characteristics to be aware of when building a switched network.

Managed and unmanaged switches

A switch can be classed as either managed or unmanaged. In a business environment, you are more likely to see a managed switch than an unmanaged switch due to the extra functionality the former offers. However, you may see small unmanaged switches being used in offices where there's a shortage of wall ports.

An unmanaged switch is a network device that ships with a preloaded configuration that cannot be changed and is...