The Virtual Bookcase Reviews of 'Isdn for Dummies':
Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
Until recently, ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) was the butt of net-gurus' jokes, who claimed that it actually stood for "It Still Does Nothing". Now that ISDN is finally coming of age and being deployed internationally by telephone companies and others -- and promises to deliver high-speed data, audio, video, and real videoconferencing capabilities to homes and office -- everyone is beginning to realize that ISDN may in fact stand for "I Smell Dollars Now". As a former ISP employee who has dealt with telcos, I can honestly say that after reading this book, you might know more about ISDN than your service provider.
Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
In chapter two, we are told the PRI (Primary Rate Interface, the large economy
size of ISDN) is beyond the scope of the book. Fair enough, on a practical
level, although conceptually rather odd. BRI (Basic Rate Interface) is what
most home or small office users will want. But then why does Appendix B give
us over forty pages of detail on ISDN wiring and power guidelines?
This inconsistency of level is unfortunately typical of the book. The
introductory section explaining ISDN and its benefits is vague and
undependable. (Or even self-contradictory: we are told in one place that ISDN
lines are $15 a month, and fifteen pages later they are $50 a month.) Yet
chapters three and four, on the basic requirements for service, equipment, and
setup, are very good. Much of chapters five through sixteen simply describe
specific products. As usual, the later chapters give company contact
Probably useful, but not altogether reliable.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1997
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