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Local area networks, wide area networks, Internet, wireless networks, technologies, theory, management and planning of networks.

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Aside from the change of name, this is very little altered from the earlier "Ethernet Pocket Guide" . As the subtitle says, this is "For designing, installing and troubleshooting your ethernet network." The book (almost a booklet) is quite practical, although some decisions regarding what to include and what to leave out are a bit odd. Chapter 1 is an introduction to Ethernet, and the standards around it. The description covers the various aspects of Ethernet operation and definition. The picture painted of "Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Detection" (CSMA/CD) will be clear to any intelligent reader. On the other hand, the detail given of the ISO OSI model is difficult to understand, since it is never referred to again. An... Rest of this review on the detail page
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This little book begins with a big claim: the city is dead, and cyberspace killed it. But Mitchell, it turns out, is too intelligent an observer to really mean anything quite so drastic. Despite his weakness for bold, catchy statements (and it is a weakness), this MIT architecture professor has both feet planted in the long and much-studied history of urban spaces, and he draws from it a pragmatic optimism that keeps his argument both hopeful and nuanced. His real thesis: Under cyberspace's influence, the city is changing, no more or less radically than it did under the influence of postal systems, electricity, and cars. And if we ride the new changes carefully, he insists, the places we live and work in can become "e-topias--lean, green ci... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Since the publication of "The BBS Construction Kit" , Wolfe has kept some of his views, changed others, and added more. He now, though, more strongly identifies opinions as such, and is more inclined to provide reasons. The result is that this work is still useful, but is much more good- humored. As with his prior work, this guide is eminently practical. It even starts with an in-depth overview of batch files, and the COMMAND.COM replacement 4DOS. Wolfe then proceeds to cover advanced modem and port information, fax capability, fossil drivers, doors (BBS add-on programs), graphics, CD-ROM, QWK, and Internet connectivity. The discussion of ports was the only disappointment, still failing to cover the addition of more than two modems... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Demystifying the technology of telecommunications: a guided tour for the non-engineer This book provides an easy-to-understand introduction to the complex technical world of telecommunications. From bandwidth to data transfer protocol to PSTN, ISDN, PCS, or ATM-widely respected telecommunications expert and author Roger L. Freeman explains it all. He walks the reader through a vast array of current topics, providing an encyclopedic overview of all branches of telecommunications-telephony, data communications, enterprise networks, television transmission, wireless systems, and cellular/personal communication services (PCS). Written for the layperson as well as newcomers to the field, this primer: * Assumes no mathematical or technical know-... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Comprehensive, authoritative, practical—an essential guide to the design and operation of telecommunication networks The past decade has seen what can only be described as an evolutionary leap in the field of telecommunication networks. The penetration of data networks, the emergence of the integrated services digital network (ISDN) and Broadband ISDN, and the development of fast packet switching, are just some of the dramatic developments that have emerged over the past few years alone. This book was designed to function as a practical introduction to the core concepts, techniques, and methodologies underlying each of these developments and common to the design and operation of all forms of existing telecommunications networks. Key to... Rest of this review on the detail page
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