Ethernet Tips and Techniques, 1st edition

  • Byron L. Spinney

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The #1 Ethernet quick reference for network professionals!

Network professionals at Hewlett-Packard, DEC and other top companies know Byron Spinney's handbook is the source for fast, accurate Ethernet answers. Newly updated and expanded, Ethernet Tips and Tricks delivers all the information you need to take your Ethernet network into the 21st century.

Start with the fundamentals: a crystal-clear explanation of what Ethernet LANs are and how they work. Review every type of Ethernet: 10 Mbps Ethernet, 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet, 100BASE-FX, and Gigabit Ethernet. Understand every Ethernet media type: coax, thinnet, unshielded twisted-pair, and fiber. Learn about every hardware component in an Ethernet network, from NICs to bridges, routers and switches.

Then, with the help of practical case studies, walk step by step through:

  • Ethernet design, including estimating network requirements, defining structure, choosing media and selecting hardware.
  • Ethernet installation, including deciding whether to contract, choosing a contractor, documenting your installation, conduits, firewalls, and testing.
  • Ethernet maintenance, including preventive and corrective maintenance for cables and equipment; and the basics of network management.

Ethernet Tips and Tricks includes EIA/TIA cabling specifications, basic UTP wiring diagrams, a guide to Ethernet acronyms, and much more. If you depend on Ethernet, you'll never find a more useful everyday reference.

Table of contents


1. An Introduction to Local Area Networking.

Local Area Networks. Brief History. LAN/WAN. ISO/OSI. Chapter Summary. Vocabulary. Chapter 1 Review Questions.

2. Introduction to Ethernet.

Introduction. A Brief History. What Is Ethernet? Why Ethernet? Why Not Ethernet? Chapter Summary. Chapter 2 Review Questions.

3. Ethernet Versions.

Ethernet Version 1. Common Ground. Ethernet Version 2. IEEE 802.3 Standard. Chapter Summary. Major Concepts. Vocabulary. Chapter 3 Review Questions.

4. 10Mbps Ethernet.

Introduction. Data Link Layer. Chapter Summary. Vocabulary. Chapter 4 Review Questions.

5. Fast Ethernet.

Introduction. Modifications to the 802.3 Standard. Clause 21—100BASE-T Introduction. Clause 22—Media Independent Interface (MII). Clause 23—100BASE-T4 Transceiver. Clause 24—100BASE-X Transceiver. Clause 25—TX PMD. Clause 26—FX PMD. Clause 27—Repeaters. Clause 28—Auto-Negotiation. Clause 29—Topology. Clause 30—Management. Summary. Vocabulary. Chapter 5 Review Questions.

6. 100BASE-T2, T4, and TX.

Introduction. 100BASE-T Media. 100BASE-T2. 100BASE-T2 Pin Assignments. 100BASE-T2 Crossover. 100BASE-T4. 100BASE-T4 Pin Assignments. 100BASE-T4 Crossover. 100BASE-TX. 100BASE-TX Pin Assignments. 100BASE-TX Crossover. Chapter 6 Review Questions.

7. 100BASE-FX.

Introduction. 100BASE-FX.

8. Media.

Introduction. AUI. Thick Coax (10BASE5). Fiber Optic (10BASE-F, 100BASE-FX). Thin Coax (10BASE2). Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP). Chapter Summary. Chapter 8 Review Questions.

9. Hardware.

Introduction. Transceivers. Repeaters. Bridges. Switches. Routers. Network Interface Card (NIC). Review Questions.

10. Design.

Introduction. Three Basic Rules. Rules. Design Step One. Design Step Two. Design Step Three. Design Step Four. Design Step Five. Design Step Six. Design Step Seven. Design Step Eight. The Final Step. Chapter Summary. Case Study. Review Questions.

11. Installation.

Introduction. The Decision to Contract. Selecting a Contractor. The First Step. What to Watch For. Documentation. Getting Ready. Starting the Installation. Case Study. Chapter 11 Review Questions.

12. Maintenance.

Introduction. Connectivity Maintenance. Equipment Maintenance. Network Management. Case Study. Chapter Summary. Chapter 12 Review Questions.

13. The Future of Ethernet.

Introduction. Strategy for Survival. Gigabit Ethernet Technology. Gigabit Migration. Conclusion. Chapter Summary.

Appendix A:Collision Domain Basics.

Appendix B:EIA/TIA Cable Categories.

Common Specifications. Category 3. Category 4. Category 5.

Appendix C:Twisted-Pair Wiring Diagrams.

10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 100BASE-T2 Pin Assignments. 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 100BASE-T2 Crossover. 100BASE-T4 Pin Assignments. 100BASE-T4 Crossover.

Appendix D:Abbreviations and Acronyms.

Appendix E:Other Sources of Information.



Published by Pearson (September 25th 1997) - Copyright © 1998