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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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Average Rating: 4.066666666666666 out of 5 rating Based on 15 Ratings

"Best for the beginners !" - by Neil John on 14-NOV-2013
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This is the best book if you are a beginner in networking. You will learn like teaching you from A B C ! Very nice
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"Head First Networking" - by Anonymous on 30-MAR-2013
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The author does what he promises, he takes us under the hood.
It is a book that provides starters in the field become more secure in their learning and inspire them to know more.

It is also a book of reference for someone with some experience as in this field you need to get down to the basics all the time.

The basics are explained in so simple language!!!

I have enjoyed reading it and would love to keep it on my bookshelf.

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"Systems Support Engineer" - by Morrow on 05-NOV-2012
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I am fairly new to routing. This book covers a wide variety of networking topics in a very user friendly manner. I recommend this book to anyone that is new to networking.
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"Great concept - but not thoroughly edited" - by Anonymous on 24-APR-2012
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In general, this book introduces a pretty neat way of delving into some of the various fundamentals of networking with some interesting and engaging problem-solving.
However, there are many mistakes in this book, for instance, in the answers to some of the exercises, let alone the text itself - both which I can see causing great confusion among the book's targeted audience.  In addition, some exercises mention things (like technologies or protocols) that have not been introduced.
I would recommend a novice to skim this book to get the basic concepts but not take it too seriously.

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"Good book but lots of typographical errors" - by RAgrawal on 05-JAN-2012
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The book is an awesome read. Its a great book for beginners and explains concepts in the easiest possible way. However, that also means additional precaution should be taken to ensure the quality of content. The exercises are good but many a times the questions and solutions do not match and have typographical errors causing a lot of confusion. Certain examples to explain key concepts have typos too which tend to confuse beginners and hinder the learning process.

Apart from typos, its an excellent book.

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