Top Networking books recommended by experts

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Fundamentals of Networking

Understanding the concepts of Networking starts with understanding the fundamentals. On your way to mastery, it's crucial for you to understand how certain concepts were derived, and why things work like they do. Starting with these resources is the best way to do so.

Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols

Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols

A text on networking theory and practice, providing information on general networking concepts, routing algorithms and protocols, addressing, and mechanics of bridges, routers, switches, and hubs. Describes all major network algorithms and protocols in use today, and explores engineering trade-offs that each different approach represents. Includes chapter homework problems and a glossary. This second edition is expanded to cover recent developments such as VLANs, Fast Ethernet, and AppleTalk. The author is a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., and holds some 50 patents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The Illustrated Network: How TCP/IP Works in a Modern Network

The Illustrated Network: How TCP/IP Works in a Modern Network

The Illustrated Network: How TCP/IP Works in a Modern Network, Second Edition presents an illustrated explanation on how TCP/IP works, using consistent examples from a working network configuration that includes servers, routers and workstations.

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Data Communications and Networking with TCP/IP Protocol Suite

Data Communications and Networking with TCP/IP Protocol Suite

TCP/IP stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol and is a suite of communication protocols used to interconnect network devices on the internet. TCP/IP is also used as a communications protocol in a private computer network (an intranet or extranet).

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Routing TCP/IP

Routing TCP/IP

Standard TCP/IP routing is used to route traffic to the virtual Ethernet network in the same way you define routing to any other LAN. This requires that you update routing information throughout your network.

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Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach

Unique among computer networking texts, the Seventh Edition of the popular Computer Networking: A Top Down Approach builds on the author's long tradition of teaching this complex subject through a layered approach in a “top-down manner.” The text works its way from the application layer down toward the physical layer, ...

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Network Warrior

Network Warrior

Network Warrior takes you step by step through the world of routers, switches, firewalls, and other technologies based on the author's extensive field experience.

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Specializations and Deeper Networking Knowledge

You've got your basics in order – time to move on to some advanced and specialized concepts. Networking is evolving every day, these books can help you master it.

CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Eighth Edition (Exam N10-008)

CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Eighth Edition (Exam N10-008)

Get complete coverage of all the CompTIA Network+ exam objectives inside this comprehensive resource. Created and edited by Mike Meyers, the leading expert on CompTIA certification and training, CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Eighth Edition covers exam N10-008 in full detail. You’ll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, scenarios, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations. Designed to help you pass the exam with ease, this authoritative guide also serves as an essential on-the-job reference.

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CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide Library

CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide Library

CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide Library is a comprehensive review and practice package for the latest CCNA exam and is the only self-study resource approved by Cisco. The two books contained in this package, CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1 and CCNA 200-301 Official Cert Guide, Volume 2, present complete reviews and a more challenging and realistic preparation experience. The books have been fully updated to refresh the content for the latest CCNA exam topics and to enhance certain key topics that are critical for exam success.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exam N10-007)

CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exam N10-007)

Thoroughly revised for the new CompTIA Network+ exam, the Seventh Edition of this bestselling All in One Exam Guide delivers 100 percent coverage of the exam objectives and serves as a valuable on the job reference Take the latest version of the CompTIA Network+ exam with complete confidence using the fully updated information contained in this comprehensive self study system. The book offers clear instruction and real world examples from training expert and bestselling author Mike Meyers along with hundreds of accurate practice questions. Fulfilling the promise of the All in One series, this complete reference serves both as a study tool and a valuable on the job reference that will serve readers beyond the exam. CompTIA Network+ Certification All in One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exam N10 007) also includes access to free video training and interactive hands on labs and simulations that prepare you for difficult performance based questions. A valuable pre assessment test enables re

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