This book demystifies the amazing architecture and protocols of computers as they communicate over the Internet. While very complex, the Internet operates on a few relatively simple concepts that anyone can understand. Networks and networked applications are embedded in our lives. Understanding how these technologies work is invaluable. This book was written for everyone - no technical knowledge is required! While this book is not specifically about the Network+ or CCNA certifications, it as a way to give students interested in these certifications a starting point.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Super book. 90% of tech-related books "for beginners" either ...
By C. Dean
Super book. 90% of tech-related books "for beginners" either 1) assume somewhere around Chapter 3 that you have acquired prior information from whatever secret club such information is actually acquired or 2) treat you like someone who is incapable of understanding the really sophisticated stuff. This is one of the exceptions: It takes you every step along the way from absolute basics that any person who understands how to use gmail and has ever had to figure out their IP address (without fully understanding what that is) will get to all the things you've wanted to know, like how exactly do I get data from a website, and what the hell is "SSH"? Only drawback: the illustrations are utterly and completely useless.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
Easily digestible, fairly concise read
By Alex Nangle
Mission accomplished. Book provides a good overview of TCP/IP. I'm not an IT professional but reasonably technology literate. This book provided some practical insight to what's going on in the background in a manner that's easy to digest.
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Should be a classic.
By Hello Kitty
Some have complained that this text does not include many of the finer details of networking. To those, I would argue that's not the point of this book.
I have the paperback. I have read portions of this in pdf format. Both are great. The illustrations are simple, but effective.
If you have next to no knowledge of networking, having this book under your belt (should not take you longer than a week or so to read through, at a leisurely pace), reading through this will ensure your acquaintance with the various concept which you will later delve into further with other networking textbooks, which can often be dry and dull. The author does a marvelous job of keeping the various concepts fresh in your head so you can tie them all together. To get lost in the details so early in the game could be counterproductive to your integration of these concepts.