When James Macfarlane began teaching network routing, he simplycould not find books that explained the subject clearly,understandably, and accurately. So he wrote his own. Authored by aconsultant who has trained hundreds of networking professionals,this guide is designed to clear up the confusion and make the fieldof routing what Macfarlane believes it shouldbe—understandable, interesting, and even fun.
The goal of this book is to provide you with a working knowledgeof routing technology and the confidence to use what you'velearned. You'll take a major step toward passing an array ofcertification exams and be better prepared for the ultimatetest—the real world.
From this book you will:
Get a complete review of core networking fundamentals,including packet forwarding and an overview of the TCP/IP protocolsuite
Understand classless addressing once and forall—subnetting, VLSMs, and CIDR
Learn exactly how routing works, starting at theworkstation
Gain a working knowledge of route summarization, discontiguousnetworks, hierarchical addressing, and the longest matchprinciple
Build a foundation for more complex routing scenarios byunderstanding the legacy protocols RIP and IGRP
Understand EIGRP and OSPF, and manage these routing protocolson large networks
Get an introduction to the Border Gateway Protocol, the routingsystem that ties the entire Internet together