Head First Networking
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2009
Pages: 538

Frustrated with networking books so chock-full of acronyms that your brain goes into sleep mode? Head First Networking's unique, visually rich format provides a task-based approach to computer networking that makes it easy to get your brain engaged. You'll learn the concepts by tying them to on-the-job tasks, blending practice and theory in a way that only Head First can.

With this book, you'll learn skills through a variety of genuine scenarios, from fixing a malfunctioning office network to planning a network for a high-technology haunted house. You'll learn exactly what you need to know, rather than a laundry list of acronyms and diagrams. This book will help you:

  • Master the functionality, protocols, and packets that make up real-world networking
  • Learn networking concepts through examples in the field
  • Tackle tasks such as planning and diagramming networks, running cables, and configuring network devices such as routers and switches
  • Monitor networks for performance and problems, and learn troubleshooting techniques
  • Practice what you've learned with nearly one hundred exercises, questions, sample problems, and projects

Head First's popular format is proven to stimulate learning and retention by engaging you with images, puzzles, stories, and more. Whether you're a network professional with a CCNA/CCNP or a student taking your first college networking course, Head First Networking will help you become a network guru.

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A very good intro

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    Comments about oreilly Head First Networking:

    Head First methodology, you either love it or hate it. I fall into the former category hence my 5 star review. I think those that give poor reviews and complain about the "distracting" captions and conversations should have known what the Head First series is about before buying the book.

    I am a Comp Sci major that is 3 years removed from graduation and being "out of the game". Trying to refresh on a few key topics I picked this book up with intentions of studying towards a Network+ and eventually, down the road, a CCNA.

    This book does a great job of bringing some key concepts together and presenting them in layman's terms, while also proposing real life problems that a network admin might come across.

    The basic flow of the book is to introduce a concept, then see how that concept can be used to troubleshoot your network. This ebbs on the side of hands on action instead of theoretical concepts. Between the various, well thought out, excercises and the Head First metacognitive approach, the concepts of each chapter will, effortlessly, soak into your brain.

    This is not a reference book, nor a study guide for a certification [it never claims to be]. In my opinion, this book would best fit as a supplimental/recommended read for a networking course OR an introductory book for someone just starting out in networking.

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