DSL for Dummies
||Author: David Angell|
List Price: $24.99
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Publisher: For Dummies (09 June, 2000)
Sales Rank: 90,251
Average Customer Rating: 4.07 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 2 out of 5
Although "DSL for Dummies" contains some useful information, one can't help but feel cheated by its extremely poor organization and inflated size.
The information in this book could have been presented clearly and concisely in about 40 well-written pages, but to make it a book the author and editors have resorted to simply repeating the same information over and over (not in an edifying way, but in a copy-and-paste kind of way). In fact, much of the book has nothing to do with DSL but instead constitutes a list of all the great things one can do with the Internet.
The most annoying part is that all of this has less to do with incompetence than a calculated desire to inflate the size (and price) of the book.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Good Intro & How-To for beginner
Good for Intro & overall picture of the xDSL how-to in the Windows platform prospective-straight to the point. However, due to the on going development of the technology, some parts of the issues/infos are not longer valid...
Rating: 4 out of 5
A review from "the other side"
I am not shopping for a DSL connection, I bought this book for a completely different reason. I work for a supplier of DSL equipment (both network side and CPE) and I recently had to argue for our solutions to an ILEC (not in the U.S./Canada) with whom we were trying to do business. What we in the business calls "access networks" were new to me, so in addition to a quick technical overview I needed to know how ILECs/CLECs/ISPs position themselves with their services; I needed to know how they planned to make their money. (Also we ex-techies need to become bean-counters of sorts...) DSL for Dummies actually provided that. It also gave me an explanation of the most common buzzwords and abbreviations so I could hold my own when talking to the real DSL nerds. I would have liked to see more what's going on on the other side of the DSLAM (the datanetwork to the ISP), that would have added the fifth star.
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