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

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This helpful guide de-mystifies the arcane language of telecommunications and data networks so that non-technical end users will gain a clear overview of how to put the technology to use in solving every day buisness challenges
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Reviews (2) and details of Telecom & Networking Glossary: Understanding Communications Technology

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It is a little disturbing to have the author of a book state that it should be accessible to any dedicated reader with some background in either electrical engineering or computer science, and then have him go on to assert that he assumes everyone knows about asynchronous and synchronous digital hierarchies (ADH and SDH). (This sounds worse than it is: readers with only a moderate familiarity with telephony will recognize the "T," "DS," and "OC" multiplexing numbers.) Nevertheless, as early as the preface the text demonstrates a humanity and readability that is very promising, attractive, and, unfortunately, unusual in technical writing. Chapter one starts by defining terms and concepts, beginning with the basics of communication, touch... Rest of this review on the detail page
(Review by Rob Slade)
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The author's stated object, in writing this book, was to write a contemporary text on telecommunications issues. In this objective he only partially succeeded. This is a good thing, since it means that Minoli's work has a classic value, while still being fairly up to date. Thus, this book becomes a broadly based and quite useful reference to all kinds of aspects of telecommunications. Technical details are not lacking, although specialists will want more depth in their particular areas. It is interesting to see that even five years have changed at least the emphasis in some areas: Minoli mentions ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) as a side issue of ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) rather than the reverse which has come to b... Rest of this review on the detail page
(Review by Rob Slade)
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Does anyone else think it is ironic that this book is part of a series on *open* information management? No, I didn't think so. Part one is an introduction to Intelink, the intranet connecting the thirteen various agencies involved in the US intelligence community. Chapter one is a very superficial overview of some basics: who are the departments, packet networks, layered protocols, and so forth. The description of Intelink as a combination of groupware, data warehouse, and help desk, based on "commercial, off-the-shelf" (COTS) technology with Internet and Web protocols, in chapter two, should come as no big surprise. Part two looks at the implementation (well, a rather high level design, anyway) of Intelink. Chapter three reviews th... Rest of this review on the detail page
(Review by Rob Slade)
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Although this book concentrates on cabling rather than any other aspects of network design, it is a useful tool for anyone involved in a medium-to-large installation. Bird does give a brief overview of token ring concepts, though serious designers may find the material to be terse and lacking in depth. Once the book gets into the details of components and the various types of cable, the contents are more solid, if rather formularized. Still, the flexibility and adaptability of token ring configuration means that designs may become quite complex, and it is good to have these guides to verify a specific layout. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1994
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