How Networks Work (6th Edition)

Author: Frank Derfler, Les Freed
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ISBN: 0789727536
Publisher: Que (04 October, 2002)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 13,660
Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5

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Rating: 2 out of 5
Too simple, yet too complicated
This book makes the somewhat complicated technology of networks too simple to be of any real use in understanding what really goes on, but uses terminology that would confuse its target audience. It's a little like a tour guide who tells you how to get somewhere by telling you that the place you're looking for is right by the Foo, Bar, and Baz, Inc. Building--if you don't already know the city, you probably don't know where the Foo, Bar, and Baz Building is, either.

At times, the authors' noble efforts at simplification succeed even too well, stripping out so many parts that the explanation is misleadingly simple; the section on IP addressing is a good example of this. In addition, the pictorial section on "How the Domain Name Service Works" is just plain wrong--it cuts out an important piece of what makes the system work.

The pictures are simply there to appeal to visual learners. Unfortunately, they give so little information as to be useless. The mostly single-page introductions before the eye candy does little to fill in the gaping holes in the pictures.

The only reason this book receives two stars from me is its breadth. Although it gives a minuscule amount of information on each subject, it at least covers a wide variety of them.

Both Syngress and Sybex publish excellent works on networking ranging from beginner to professional level. In fact, most of their books on any subject are solid quality. I used many of their products while I was working on my A+, Network+, iNet+, Server+, Security+, CISSP, and MCSE certifications. At any rate, avoid this book.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Elementary school returns
I bought this book because it was required (a textbook for a class I was taking). Because it was a college-level class, I was expecting a college-level textbook. That's not what it is at all. The book is filled with color illustrations that aren't even very helpful. I was hoping for more reading and explanation of terms. Illustrations are great if they are used right -- to compliment the text instead of replace it. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who is serious about learning the ins and outs of networking.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Great Ongoing Reference Book for the Beginner
I borrowed this book from a friend and decided it's so clear and essential, I had to buy my own copy. I agree that it's for a total beginner (like me), so I teamed it with a $40 book called Understanding the Network: A Practical Guide to Internetworking (Networking) by Michael J. Martin. Now I have both the overview and as much depth as I can handle.

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