Ethernet Networking for the Small Office and Professional Home Office

Ethernet Networking for the Small Office and Professional Home Office, 1st Edition

Ethernet Networking for the Small Office and Professional Home Office, 1st Edition,Jan Harrington,ISBN9780123737441


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This book is perfect for home and small office professionals responsible for designing and implementing an Ethernet network.

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Key Features

*Explains how the Ethernet works, with emphasis on current technologies and emerging trends in gigabit and fast Ethernet, WiFi, routers, and security issues
*Teaches how to design and select complementary components of Ethernet networks with a focus on home and small business applications
*Discuses the various types of cables, software, and hardware involved in constructing, connecting, operating and monitoring Ethernet networks


In a local area network (LAN) or intranet, there are many pieces of hardare trying to gain access to the network transmission media at the same time (i.e., phone lines, coax, wireless, etc.). However, a network cable or wireless transmission frequency can physically only allow one node to use it at a given time. Therefore, there must be some way to regulate which node has control of the medium (a media access control, or MAC, protocol). Ethernet is a MAC protocol; it is one way to regulate physical access to network tranmission media.

Ethernet networking is used primarily by networks that are contained within a single physical location. If you need to design, install, and manage a network in such an envronment, i.e., home or small business office, then this book will give you an in-depth understanding of the technology involved in an Ethernet network.

One of the major goals of this book is to demystify the jargon of networks so that the reader gains a working familiarity with common networking terminology and acronyms.

In addition, this books explains not only how to choose and configure network hardware but also provides practical information about the types of network devices and software needed to make it all work. Tips and direction on how to manage an Ethernet network are also provided.

This book therefore goes beyond the hardware aspects of Ethernet to look at the entire network from bottom to top, along with enough technical detail to enable the reader to make intelligent choices about what types of transmission media are used and the way in which the various parts of the network are interconnected.


Beginners and first-level IT professionals in charge of a small LAN or tasked with the responsibility of installing an Ethernet network in the home or small business.

Jan Harrington

Jan L. Harrington, author of more than 35 books on a variety of technical subjects, has been writing about databases since 1984. She retired in 2013 from her position as professor and chair of the Department of Computing Technology at Marist College, where she taught database design and management, data communications, computer architecture, and the impact of technology on society for 25 years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Department Chair, Computer Science, Marist College, Hyde Park, NY, USA

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Ethernet Networking for the Small Office and Professional Home Office, 1st Edition

CH1 Network Components and Protocols; CH2 How Ethernet Works; CH3 Fast and Gigabit Ethernet; CH4 Creating Network Segments; CH5 Connecting to the Internet; CH6 Routing; CH7 Integrating Wireless Transmissions; CH8 Printer Sharing; CH9 File Sharing and Storage Solutions; CH10 Integrating Multiple Operating Systems; CH11 Network Monitoring and Discovery; CH12 Security Issues; CH13 Network Design and Simulation Software; CH14 Ethernet Example: Home Network; CH15 Ethernet Example: Business in the Home Network; CH 16 Ethernet Example: Small-But-Growing Real Estate; APP A Standard Ethernet Specs
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