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Best Free Computer Networking Training Materials & Books

 

Quick Reference Guides to 10 Mbps Ethernet - The Quick Reference Guides for 10 Mbps Ethernet include the complete set of configuration guidelines for the 10 Mbps half-duplex mode Ethernet system.

Quick Reference Guides to 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet - The Quick Reference Guides for 100Mbps Fast Ethernet include the complete set of configuration guidelines for the 100 Mbps half-duplex mode Ethernet system.

Multi-Segment Configuration Guidelines - from "Ethernet, The Definitive Guide," provides the complete set of 10, 100, and 1000 Mbps Ethernet half-duplex configuration rules in a single chapter.

Architecture-driven Intranet Application - chapter 13 from Black Belt Client/Server Software Development

How Does the Domain Name System Work? - chapter 3 from The Domain Name Handbook

Computer Networks - This book is highly recommended for anyone who will be more than a casual user of network resources.

Clustering 101 - Through clustering, companies can transform relatively cheap, commercial, off-the-shelf hardware into a powerful, reliable and expandable collection of computers that can be easily maintained and managed.

iNet+ All in One Certification Exam Guide - The following chapters from this book are available for free:

i-Net+ Targeted Courseware: 10 Steps To Certification - LightPoints I-Net+ study guide addresses every CompTIA objective for the I-net+ exam: Internet Basics, Internet clients, Development, Networking and Infrastructure, Internet Security, and Business Concepts. In addition, the I-net+ study guide helps you to competently understand, explain, and implement Internet technology and its recommended practices. (free book)

Network+ Targeted Courseware - 10 Steps To Certification - LightPoints Network+ study guide addresses every CompTIA Objective for the Network+ exam: key networking, installation, configuration, and administration tasks. (free book)

Introduction to Networks and Telecommunications - Develops both business and technical aspects of telecommunications. Combines client-server with data communication principles and protocol applications to understand how the Web works. (free book)

Ethernet and Token Ring Optimization - The author, LAN expert Daniel J. Nassar, offers LAN users a real "How To" approach for developing standard baseline methodologies, as well as the actual steps and processes needed to perform network baseline measurements. A "must read" for professional network installers and technicians. (free book)

Token Ring Troubleshooting Guide - This book is designed for LAN system engineers and technical support engineers, LAN designers and consultants, LAN managers, users on token ring LANs and students of computer science and electronic engineering. (free book)

The Elements of Networking Style and Other Essays & Animadversions of the Art of Intercomputer Networking (free book)

Cobb's Guide to PC and LAN Security - This book shows you how to defend against hackers, viruses, malicious employees, disgruntled ex-employees, errors and omissions,  fire, flood, and power failure. (free book)

Linux Network Administrator's Guide, 2nd Edition - This book was written to provide a single reference for network administration in a Linux environment. Beginners and experienced users alike should find the information they need to cover nearly all important administration activities required to manage a Linux network configuration. (free book)

Linux Networking HowTo

Ethernet HowTo

XWindows HowTo

How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts (part 1)
How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts (part 2)
How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts (part 3)
How to create a Linux-based network of computers for peanuts (part 4)

Understanding IP Addressing (32kb)



Upgrading and Repairing Networks

Understanding Networks

1. Network Background
2. Overview of Network Systems and Services
3. The OSI Model: Bringing Order to Choas
4. Upgrading to a WAN

Hardware Platforms: Servers and Workstations

5. The Server Platform
6. The Workstation Platform
7. Major Network Types

Software Platforms: NOSs and Clients

8. Novell NetWare
9. Microsoft Windows NT
10. UNIX Operating Systems
11. Network Client Software
12. Network Client Software for 32-bit Windows

Connections

13. Hubs: Dumb, Smart, Switching, and Otherwise
14. Repeaters and Bridges
15. Routers
16. Linking to Minis and Mainframes

Backups and Other Safety

17. Backup Technology: Programs and Data
18. Backup Technology: Uninterruptible Power Supplies
19. Antivirus Technology
20. Tools for Restricting Access
21. Disaster Planning for Networks
22. Network Preventive Maintenance

Adding Network Services

23. Adding Network Printing
24. Adding Network CD-ROMs
25. Adding Network Modems
26. Adding Internet Addess
27. Adding Remote Network Access
28. Adding Diskless Workstation
29. Adding Wireless Networking

Troubleshooting Hardware and Software Problems

30. Network Management and SNMP
31. Locating the Problem: Server versus Workstation verus Links
32. Repairing Common Types of Problems

Appendixes

  • A Netware Patches
  • B Information Sources
  • C RAID
  • D Software License Metering