Network+ 2005 Training & Test Preparation Guide

Network+

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ABOUT SPECIALIZED SOLUTIONS ...........................................................IX
INTRODUCTION...............................................................................................................1 COMPTIA TEST OBJECTIVES FOR NETWORK+ .............................................................2005 STUDY PLAN STRATEGIES ..................................................................................................9 YOUR VIDEO INSTRUCTOR .................................................................................................9 HOW TO TAKE THE TEST ..................................................................................................10 Who may take the test? ...............................................................................................10 How to Prepare to Ensure Exam Success...................................................................10 ABOUT THIS COURSE .......................................................................................................13 CHAPTER 1 – NETWORKING FUNDAMENTALS ..................................................17 INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKING ....................................................................................17 Benefits of Networking Computers .............................................................................17 Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) .................................18 The Client/Server Relationship ...................................................................................19 Client/Server Networking............................................................................................19 Peer-to-Peer Networking ............................................................................................20 BASIC NETWORK STRUCTURE (TOPOLOGY).....................................................................21 Bus Topology ..............................................................................................................21 Star Topology..............................................................................................................22 Ring Topology.............................................................................................................22 SPECIAL TOPOLOGIES ......................................................................................................23 Hybrid Topologies ......................................................................................................23 Mesh Topology............................................................................................................23 Wireless Topology.......................................................................................................24 NETWORK ACCESS ...........................................................................................................26 Token Passing .............................................................................................................26 Ethernet.......................................................................................................................26 Fast Ethernet...............................................................................................................27 HUBS AND CONCENTRATORS ...........................................................................................28 Passive Hubs...............................................................................................................28 Active Hubs .................................................................................................................29 Hub-Based Networks ..................................................................................................29 SUMMARY ........................................................................................................................30 KEYWORDS EXERCISE .................................................................................................31 REVIEW QUESTIONS - CHAPTER 1 ....................................................................................33 CHAPTER 2 - NETWORK OPERATING SYSTEMS (NOS) ....................................35 WHAT IS AN OPERATING SYSTEM? ..................................................................................35 Preemptive vs. Non-preemptive Multitasking .............................................................36 WHAT IS A NETWORK OPERATING SYSTEM (NOS)? ........................................................37 Peer-to-Peer LANs......................................................................................................37 Server/Client Software ................................................................................................39 NOS PACKAGES...............................................................................................................42 Specialized Solutions, Inc. i

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Novell NetWare .......................................................................................................... 42 Microsoft Windows NT Network Operating System................................................... 45 Windows NT Minimum Requirements ...........................Error! Bookmark not defined. UNIX Operating Systems............................................................................................ 47 Banyan VINES (Virtual Integrated Network Service)................................................ 48 SUMMARY ....................................................................................................................... 50 KEYWORDS EXERCISE ................................................................................................. 51 REVIEW QUESTIONS ........................................................................................................ 52 CHAPTER 3- THE OSI MODEL AND COMMUNICATION STANDARDS.......... 55 THE SEVEN LAYERS OF NETWORK COMMUNICATION ..................................................... 55 SEVEN LAYERS OF THE OSI MODEL ................................................................................ 56 Application Layer ....................................................................................................... 56 Presentation Layer ..................................................................................................... 57 Session Layer.............................................................................................................. 57 Transport Layer.......................................................................................................... 57 Network Layer ............................................................................................................ 58 Data Link Layer.......................................................................................................... 58 Logical Link Control (LLC) ....................................................................................... 59 Media Access Control (MAC) .................................................................................... 59 Physical Layer............................................................................................................ 60 PROTOCOL STACKS ......................................................................................................... 62 Communication Between Peer Layers ....................................................................... 62 OSI AND THE REAL WORLD ............................................................................................ 64 DEVICES AND THE OSI MODEL ....................................................................................... 66 Repeaters .................................................................................................................... 66 Bridges........................................................................................................................ 66 Routers........................................................................................................................ 66 Brouters ...................................................................................................................... 67 Gateways .................................................................................................................... 67 IEEE 802 STANDARDS .................................................................................................... 68 NETWORK DRIVERS AND THE OSI MODEL ...................................................................... 70 NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification)......................................................... 70 ODI (Open Data Link Interface) ................................................................................ 70 PROTOCOLS AND OSI ...................................................................................................... 70 Protocol Binding ........................................................................................................ 71 Connection-Oriented vs. Connectionless ................................................................... 71 Routable vs. Non-Routable Protocols ........................................................................ 71 Networking Protocols and Stacks............................................................................... 72 AppleTalk.................................................................................................................... 73 DECnet ....................................................................................................................... 73 IPX/ SPX..................................................................................................................... 73 SMB (Server Message Block) ..................................................................................... 74 SNA (Systems Network Architecture) ......................................................................... 74 TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) ....................................................................... 74 IP (Internet Protocol)................................................................................................. 74 UDP (User Datagram Protocol)................................................................................ 74 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) ..................................................................................... 74 ii Specialized Solutions, Inc.

Table of Contents Telnet...........................................................................................................................75 NFS (Network File System).........................................................................................75 SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol)......................................................................75 RIP (Routing Information Protocol)...........................................................................75 NTP (Network Time Protocol) ....................................................................................75 OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) ...............................................................................75 ARP (Address Resolution Protocol)............................................................................75 X.25 .............................................................................................................................76 XNS (Xerox Network System)......................................................................................76 Non-Routable Protocols..............................................................................................76 DLC (Data Link Control)............................................................................................76 LAT (Local Area Transport) .......................................................................................76 NetBEUI (NetBIOS Extended User Interface)............................................................77 Other Protocols...........................................................................................................78 SLIP (Serial Line Internet Protocol)...........................................................................78 PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) ...................................................................................78 PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) ................................................................78 SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) ........................................................78 ISO/OSI Standard .......................................................................................................78 ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) ...............................................................78 DNS (Domain Name System) ......................................................................................78 XDR (External Data Representation) .........................................................................78 RPC (Remote Procedure Call)....................................................................................78 SUMMARY ........................................................................................................................80 KEYWORDS EXERCISE .................................................................................................81 REVIEW QUESTIONS – CHAPTER 3 ...................................................................................82 CHAPTER 4 - HARDWARE MEDIA AND PERIPHERALS.....................................85 NETWORK CABLING .........................................................................................................85 Coaxial Cable .............................................................................................................85 Coaxial Connectors ....................................................................................................86 Twisted-Pair Cable .....................................................................................................88 Fiber-Optic Cable.......................................................................................................91 IBM Cabling................................................................................................................91 Summary of Cabling ...................................................................................................93 CABLING TERMS ..............................................................................................................94 AWG (American Wire Gauge) ....................................................................................94 Bandwidth ...................................................................................................................94 Plenum Grade Cabling ...............................................................................................94 Selecting Cables..........................................................................................................95 NETWORK INTERFACE CARDS (NICS)..............................................................................97 Preparing the Data .....................................................................................................97 Signals and Clocking ..................................................................................................97 Network Addressing/MAC Address.............................................................................98 DMA (Direct Memory Channel) .................................................................................98 Controlling the Data Flow..........................................................................................98 Configurable Options..................................................................................................98 Wireless NICs............................................................................................................100 Specialized Solutions, Inc. iii

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Fiber-Optic NICs...................................................................................................... 100 DATA BUS ARCHITECTURE ............................................................................................ 101 Standard Bus Types .................................................................................................. 101 Laptops ..................................................................................................................... 101 NETWORK PERFORMANCE ............................................................................................. 102 WIRELESS NETWORKS ................................................................................................... 103 Why Wireless? .......................................................................................................... 103 Wireless Transmission Methods............................................................................... 104 Radio Transmission.................................................................................................. 105 Satellite Station Networking..................................................................................... 106 SUMMARY ..................................................................................................................... 108 KEYWORDS EXERCISE ............................................................................................... 109 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 4.................................................................................... 112 CHAPTER 5 – NETWORK PROTOCOLS & STANDARDS .................................. 115 ACCESS METHODS......................................................................................................... 116 CSMA/CD (Carrier-Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection) .................... 116 CSMA/CA (Carrier-Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance) ................... 117 Token Passing........................................................................................................... 117 Demand Priority....................................................................................................... 117 NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS (FRAMES AND PACKETS) ............................................... 119 Packet Structure ....................................................................................................... 119 Packet Components .................................................................................................. 120 NETWORK STANDARDS ................................................................................................. 122 Logical Link Control (802.2).................................................................................... 122 Ethernet (802.3)........................................................................................................ 122 AppleTalk.................................................................................................................. 129 ARCNet ( Attached Resource Computer Network)................................................... 131 SUMMARY ..................................................................................................................... 133 KEYWORDS EXERCISE ............................................................................................... 134 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 5.................................................................................... 136 CHAPTER 6 – NETWORK DESIGN.......................................................................... 139 STARTING A NETWORK PROJECT ................................................................................... 139 The Customer ........................................................................................................... 139 The Network Goals................................................................................................... 140 DETERMINE NETWORK TYPE ......................................................................................... 142 When to Choose Peer-to-Peer.................................................................................. 142 When to Choose Client/Server ................................................................................. 143 Making the Choice.................................................................................................... 144 Public and Private networks .................................................................................... 144 DESIGN THE NETWORK.................................................................................................. 150 Media Selection ........................................................................................................ 151 Environmental Concerns.......................................................................................... 152 NOS Selection........................................................................................................... 152 Protocol Selection .................................................................................................... 152 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER ............................................................................................ 154 Cable to Computer ................................................................................................... 154 iv Specialized Solutions, Inc.

.................169 Digital Connectivity ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................184 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 7 ..........197 DNS .........................................................................................169 Analog Connectivity................................................................................189 INTRODUCTION TO TCP/IP................................................................................................................................................................................................................192 Other TCP/IP Protocols .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................164 CHAPTER 7 ....................162 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 6 ........................................................................................183 KEYWORDS EXERCISE ...................................................167 Gateway .........................................................................................................................................................................................167 CONNECTION SERVICES .......................................155 NETWORK AND HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY .......................................................166 Repeaters...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................192 The Top Five TCP/IP Protocols ....159 Computer Compatibility.....................................................................................170 Circuit-switched Networks.....................................................................................................................................161 HCL and Windows 2000 .................................160 Standards .................................194 NAMING SYSTEMS ..........................................................................................................................................................178 Connecting Two Computers.....................................................................................................................................................................................179 Installing and Configuring RAS.........................................................165 WHEN A LAN IS TOO SMALL .................................................................................................................................................................................................................182 Limitations of RAS ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................168 Carriers...........................157 Adapter Card Compatibility ........................172 VLAN........................................................................................160 Hard Work ...............................................160 RESOLVING COMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS ............................................................................................................. v ...................................159 PREVENTING COMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS ...............................174 MODEMS ................................182 Troubleshooting a RAS setup..........Table of Contents Cable to Hub ................................................................................178 RAS Protocols ................................186 CHAPTER 8 – TCP/IP ESSENTIALS .................................................................................................. Inc.........................................................................................................166 Bridges ................................................................................161 Minimum Requirements .....................176 REMOTE ACCESS COMPUTING (RAS) ............................................EXPANDING A NETWORK ...............................197 Specialized Solutions..................................................................................................................................................165 EXPANDING A LAN WITH HUBS.................................................................................172 Packet Switching Networks....................................173 Advanced WAN Environments .......................................166 Routers ..............189 RFC (Request For Comments)....................................................157 Media Compatibility ........................................................................................................................154 Network Adapter Cards ..................189 TCP/IP PROTOCOLS ..............168 WAN Overview..................................

................................................................. 219 CHAPTER 9 – TCP/IP UTILITIES....................................................................................... 225 IFCONFIG.............. 202 IPv4 ........................................................................................................................................................ 223 TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 228 CHAPTER 10 – NETWORK SECURITY ...................................................................................... 199 BOOTP .................................................... 221 Management Software........................................................................................ 225 NSLOOKUP....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 202 IP Addresses ........................................................................... 203 Class D and Class E Addresses..................... 221 NETWORK MANAGERS ............................................................................................................... 205 SUBNETTING ..................................................................................................................... 203 IPv6 (IP Next Generation) ............... ............................................................................................................................. 198 NETBIOS ...................................................................................................................................................... 229 USER AND SHARE LEVEL .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 199 NETWORK CONNECTION UTILITIES .................................................................................................. 209 TCP/IP CONFIGURATION CONCEPTS ..................................... 222 VALIDATION TOOLS ................................................................................................ 200 TCP/IP ADDRESSING.................................................................................................................................................................. 200 NAT................... Inc............................................................................................................................. 215 KEYWORDS EXERCISE ...................................................................................................................................................... 225 IPCONFIG/WINIPCFG ...................................................................................... 200 IP Proxy Servers................................................. 221 Agent Software ................................................... 223 TRACERT............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 227 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 9................................................. 222 Communities...................................................................................... 199 LMHOSTS file .............................................................................................................................................................. 223 ROUTE...................... 229 vi Specialized Solutions................................................................................................................................................ 200 ICS ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 225 ARP .................................................................SNMP ................... 217 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 8....... 225 PING.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 203 Class A Addresses ....................... 198 HOSTS file.................................................... 203 Class C Addresses ............................Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide WINS. 225 KEYWORDS EXERCISE .................................................... 222 EVENT VIEWER ................................................................................................... 207 How to Subdivide a Network .......................... 199 DHCP ........................................... 225 RARP................................................... 203 Class B Addresses ............................. 223 NETSTAT ....................................................................................................... 199 IP Gateway ...... 223 NBTSTAT ...............................................................................................................................................

....................................................................................................264 APPENDIX A – TECH SUMMARY ...................................................................................................................................................239 KEYWORDS EXERCISE .........................................................................................................................................................................267 ETHERNET CABLING ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................232 Firewalls ................................268 UTP CABLE CATEGORIES .........................................................................................................................................260 Name Resolution ..............................................................................236 PASSWORD PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES .255 TROUBLESHOOTING SCENARIOS ............239 Viruses...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................260 KEYWORDS EXERCISE ...........................................................................................238 Disaster Recovery ..........................................................................257 Cable Problems...............................................................250 Hardware Troubleshooting Tools.................................................................232 Blocking Port Numbers......................................273 SUBNET MASKING ....................................267 5-4-3 RULE .....................................................257 Misbehaving Protocols ......................................................................................................271 OSI MODEL ............ and Incremental Backups ...................................................................................................267 COAXIAL CABLE TYPES .....................................................229 Share-level Security ...................................................................................................................................................................................275 Specialized Solutions..............................237 Encryption..............Table of Contents User-level Security...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................230 SECURITY TECHNIQUES .....................................................................232 Backing up Data .................................245 BASIC TROUBLESHOOTING.........................243 CHAPTER 11 – TROUBLESHOOTING A NETWORK ..................................................... Inc.............................................................................................234 Fault Tolerance and Power ................................................275 TCP/IP UTILITIES .......................................................234 Full......................................... vii ......................................................................................................................269 IEEE 802.......................270 IRQ ASSIGNMENTS .........................................................X STANDARDS............................ Differential..250 Hardware Networking Tools...........................263 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 11 ...274 TCP/IP PORTS ...............................................................................................................................................................................245 NETWORKING AND TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS ..................................232 Backup Options...................................................260 Performance.............................234 Volumes........................234 Fault Tolerance and RAID.......................269 IBM CABLE TYPES (TOKEN RING) ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................264 CONCLUSION ...........................233 Backup Software ....................................................................................................................259 NIC Indicator Lights ....................................................251 MAINTAINING AND TROUBLESHOOTING NETWORKS ......................................................................................................................................................242 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 10 .............................

........................................ 321 INDEX ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... Inc................. 278 TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS ....................................................................................... OTHER HELPFUL SITES ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 281 MICROSOFT: ....................................................... 281 COMPUSERVE ................................ 278 APPENDIX B – USEFUL WEB SITES ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 287 APPENDIX F – CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ......................................................... 285 APPENDIX E – GLOSSARY............. 316 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 8...................................................................................................................................................................... 276 TRANSMISSION MEDIA ........................................................................................................... 284 ISO.................................................................................................................... 285 TO REGISTER FOR THE NETWORK+ EXAMS .............................................................. 283 ANSI........................................................................ 319 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 10........................................................ 283 CCITT .................................................................................... 309 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 5...... 281 NOVELL .................................................. 284 SAG ............................................. .......................... 323 viii Specialized Solutions................ 303 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 2....................................................................................... 284 APPENDIX D – HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE EXAM............... 315 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 7....................................... 306 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 4............................................................................................................. 311 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 6......................................................................................................................... 283 IEEE ................................................................................................................................................... 283 EIA .................................................................................................................................................................................. 320 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 11............................................... 318 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 9............................................................... 303 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 1.......................................Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TOPOLOGY REVIEW ............. ERROR! BOOKMARK NOT DEFINED................................................................................................................................... 304 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 3..................... 281 APPENDIX C – NETWORK STANDARDS ORGANIZATIONS .....................................................................................

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0 Protocols & Standards 3.” The objectives are weighted in the following manner: NETWORK+ CERTIFICATION DOMAIN AREAS 1.” “This examination includes blueprint weighting. test objectives and example content.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide CompTIA Test Objectives for Network+ CompTIA is an acronym for Computing Technology Industry Association “The skills and knowledge measured by this examination are derived from industry-wide job task analysis and validated through an industry wide survey. The results of this survey were used in weighing the domains and ensuring that the weighting is representative of the relative importance of the content.0 Media & Topologies 2. . Inc.0 Network Support Total % OF EXAMINATION 20% 20% 25% 35% 100% 2 Specialized Solutions. Example concepts are included to clarify the test objectives and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of the content of the examination.0 Network Implementation 4.

Inc. and cable type) of the following cable standards: • 10BASE-T and 10BASE-FL • 100BASE-TX and 100BASE-FX • 1000BASE-T.4 Recognize the following media connectors and describe their uses: • RJ-11 (Registered Jack) • RJ-45 (Registered Jack) • F-Type • ST (Straight Tip) • SC (Subscriber Connector or Standard Connector) • IEEE 1394 (FireWire) • Fiber LC (Local Connector) • MT-RJ (Mechanical Transfer Registered Jack) • USB (Universal Serial Bus) 1.6 Identify the purposes.Media and Topologies – 20% 1. schematic or description: • Star • Bus • Mesh • Ring 1. 802. topology. 5e. 10 GBASE-LR and 10 GBASE-ER 1.2 Specify the main features of 802.2 (Logical Link Control). and 6 • UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) • STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) • Coaxial cable • SMF (Single Mode Fiber) optic cable • MMF (Multimode Fiber) optic cable 1. 5.3 Specify the characteristics (For example: speed. features and functions of the following network components: • Hubs • Switches • Bridges • Routers • Gateways • CSU / DSU (Channel Service Unit / Data Service Unit) Specialized Solutions. 3 .5 Recognize the following media types and describe their uses: • Category 3.3 (Ethernet). and FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) networking technologies.1 Recognize the following logical or physical network topologies given a diagram. length. 802.11 (wireless). including: • Speed • Access method (CSMA / CA (Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Avoidance) and CSMA / CD (Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection)) • Topology • Media 1. 1000BASE-CX. 802.Introduction The following is a further breakdown of the specific areas covered on the Network+ exam: Domain 1.0 . 1000BASE-SX and 1000BASE-LX • 10 GBASE-SR.5 (token ring).

2 Identify the seven layers of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) model and their functions. .3 Identify the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) layers at which the following network components operate: • Hubs • Switches • Bridges • Routers • NICs (Network Interface Card) • WAPs (Wireless Access Point) 2.7 Identify the purpose of subnetting. IPv6) and the required setting for connections across the Internet. 2.11 (Frequency hopping spread spectrum) • 802. 2. 2. antenna type and environmental factors). Domain 2. 2.9 Identify and differentiate between the following IP (Internet Protocol) addressing methods: • Static • Dynamic • Self-assigned (APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing)) 2. interoperability and naming conventions: • IPX / SPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange / Sequence Packet Exchange) • NetBEUI (Network Basic Input / Output System Extended User Interface) • AppleTalk / AppleTalk over IP (Internet Protocol) • TCP / IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) 2. function and use of the following protocols used in the TCP / IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) suite: • TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) • UDP (User Datagram Protocol) 4 Specialized Solutions. 2.7 Specify the general characteristics (For example: carrier speed.5 Identify the components and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses (IPv4.10 Define the purpose.1 Identify a MAC (Media Access Control) address and its parts.6 Identify classful IP (Internet Protocol) ranges and their subnet masks (For example: Class A.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide • NICs (Network Interface Card) • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) adapters • WAPs (Wireless Access Point) • Modems • Transceivers (media converters) • Firewalls 1. B and C).8 Identify the differences between private and public network addressing schemes.0 – Protocols and Standards – 20% 2. 2. addressing schemes.11x (Direct sequence spread spectrum) • Infrared • Bluetooth 1. transmission type and topology) of the following wireless technologies: • 802. frequency.8 Identify factors which affect the range and speed of wireless service (For example: interference.4 Differentiate between the following network protocols in terms of routing. Inc.

Zeroconf (Zero configuration). WINS (Windows Internet Name Service). SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). NFS (Network File System).12 Identify the well-known ports associated with the following commonly used services and protocols: • 20 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) • 21 FTP (File Transfer Protocol) • 22 SSH (Secure Shell) • 23 Telnet • 25 SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) • 53 DNS (Domain Name Service) • 69 TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) • 80 HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) • 110 POP3 (Post Office Protocol version 3) • 119 NNTP (Network News Transport Protocol) • 123 NTP (Network Time Protocol) • 143 IMAP4 (Internet Message Access Protocol version 4) • 443 HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) 2. 5 . Inc. AFP (Apple File Protocol). SMB (Server Message Block). 2. 2.25 2. NAT (Network Address Translation).Introduction • FTP (File Transfer Protocol) • SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) • TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) • SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) • HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) • HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) • POP3 / IMAP4 (Post Office Protocol version 3 / Internet Message Access Protocol version 4) • Telnet • SSH (Secure Shell) • ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) • ARP / RARP (Address Resolution Protocol / Reverse Address Resolution Protocol) • NTP (Network Time Protocol) • NNTP (Network News Transport Protocol) • SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) • LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) • IGMP (Internet Group Multicast Protocol) • LPR (Line Printer Remote) 2.13 Identify the purpose of network services and protocols (For example: DNS (Domain Name Service). ICS (Internet Connection Sharing). LPD (Line Printer Daemon) and Samba).15 Identify the basic characteristics of the following internet access technologies: • xDSL (Digital Subscriber Line) • Broadband Cable (Cable modem) • POTS / PSTN (Plain Old Telephone Service / Public Switched Telephone Network) • Satellite • Wireless Specialized Solutions. capacity and media) of the following WAN (Wide Area Networks) technologies: • Packet switching • Circuit switching • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) • FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) • T1 (T Carrier level 1) / E1 / J1 • T3 (T Carrier level 3) / E3 / J3 • OCx (Optical Carrier) • X.11 Define the function of TCP / UDP (Transmission Control Protocol / User Datagram Protocol) ports.14 Identify the basic characteristics (For example: speed.

6 Identify the purpose. 3. punch down tool or tone generator). application support and security) of the following server operating systems to access network resources: • UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 3.2 Identify the basic capabilities needed for client workstations to connect to and use network resources (For example: media.8 Identify the main characteristics of VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks).9 Identify the main characteristics and purpose of extranets and intranets. media tester / certifier. and physical connectivity.16 Define the function of the following remote access protocols and services: • RAS (Remote Access Service) • PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) • SLIP (Serial Line Internet Protocol) • PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet) • PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) • VPN (Virtual Private Network) • RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) 2. Domain 3.18 Identify authentication protocols (For example: CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). 3.3 Identify the appropriate tool for a given wiring task (For example: wire crimper. interoperability. 3.1x 2. file and print services. PAP (Password Authentication Protocol).Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 2.7 Given a connectivity scenario. Includes connection to the following servers: • UNIX / Linux / MAC OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 3. 3. Inc. 6 Specialized Solutions. benefits and characteristics of using a firewall.1 Identify the basic capabilities (For example: client support. network protocols and peer and server services). authentication and encryption). MS-CHAP (Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). 3. benefits and characteristics of using a proxy service.5 Identify the purpose.4 Given a remote connectivity scenario comprised of a protocol. 3. RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service). Kerberos and EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)).17 Identify the following security protocols and describe their purpose and function: • IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) • L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) • SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) • WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) Continued on the next page… Continued from the previous page… • WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) • 802. an authentication scheme.0 Network Implementation – 25% 3. determine the impact on network functionality of a particular security implementation (For example: port blocking / filtering. . authentication. configure the connection.

identify the network area affected and the cause of the stated failure. 4.10 Identify the purpose. protocol configuration. physical connectivity and SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) router). warm and cold sites Domain 4. determine the impact of modifying. Inc.8 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving an infrastructure (For example: wired or wireless) problem. mesh or ring) and including a network diagram.1). identify the utility and interpret the output. network hardware or environment).0 Network Support – 35% 4.1 Given a troubleshooting scenario.3 Given a network scenario. print services.7 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a network with a particular physical topology (For example: bus. 4.5 Given a troubleshooting scenario between a client and the following server environments.Introduction 3.11 Identify the purpose and characteristics of fault tolerance: • Power • Link redundancy • Storage • Services 3. 4. interpret visual indicators (For example: link LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) and collision LEDs (Light Emitting Diode)) to determine the nature of a stated problem. select the appropriate network utility from the following: • Tracert / traceroute • ping • arp • netstat • nbtstat • ipconfig / ifconfig • winipcfg • nslookup / dig 4. benefits and characteristics of using antivirus software. identify the cause of a stated problem: • UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 4. adding or removing network services (For example: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). 7 . 3. Specialized Solutions. star. DNS (Domain Name Service) and WINS (Windows Internet Name Service)) for network resources and users.6 Given a scenario. 4. identify the cause of the problem (For example: file services. 4. authentication failure.4 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a client accessing remote network services.12 Identify the purpose and characteristics of disaster recovery: • Backup / restore • Offsite storage • Hot and cold spares • Hot. interference. identify the cause of a stated problem (For example: bad media.2 Given output from a network diagnostic utility (For example: those utilities listed in objective 4.

select an appropriate course of action based on a logical troubleshooting strategy. Identify the results and effects of the solution 8. This strategy can include the following steps: 1. Identify the affected area 3. Establish what has changed 4. Document the solution and process 8 Specialized Solutions. Inc. Identify the symptoms and potential causes 2. Implement an action plan and solution including potential effects 6.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4. . Test the result 7. Select the most probable cause 5.9 Given a network problem scenario.

use a study plan. teaching classes for most of the national training companies and some regional training companies. However. He is certified as an MCT. Bill is an enthusiastic. Network+. and CCNA. In addition. Make notes in the study guide as necessary for your understanding. Complete the questions and exercises at the end of each segment of this study guide and in the textbook. not all concepts and functions can be performed on a workstation. and Security+. CCSI. Your Video Instructor Your video instructor is Bill Ferguson.Introduction Study Plan Strategies The material in Network+ is not extremely complicated. results oriented computer specialist who has extensive knowledge of Microsoft networks. MCSA. Bill says. Inc. Bill has written the “MCDST Study Guide” for Sybex Inc. Practice the function on your computer. “My job is to understand the material so well that I can make it easier for my students to learn than it was for me to learn. MCDST. MCP+I. Suggestion: • • • • • • • Watch each video segment with the study guide in hand. Bill made his transition to Certified Technical Trainer in 1997 with ExecuTrain. Pause and rewind to review the concepts as often as necessary. 9 . it may seem so. Hands-on experience is best. To get the best results from your training. Use the Practice Exam Simulator to test your knowledge. MCSE. Bill has been in the computer industry for over 15 years. as well as “Designing Security for Windows Server 2003 Network” for Exam Cram2. This combination of resources will provide a thorough understanding of the concept or function being presented. Use the “Help” button where available. Alabama. Bill now runs his own company as an independent contractor in Birmingham. Server+. In addition he holds the CompTIA certifications of A+.” Specialized Solutions. Originally in technical sales and sales management with Sprint. if this is your first exposure to networking. such as the one suggested below: You can maximize your multi-media learning experience by using all of the courseware materials as you study for your certification.

The exam is targeted for technicians with 18-24 months experience in the IT industry.com). You can locate a testing center and schedule the test on the web. except payment of the test fee. Step 1 – Prepare for the Training Obtain the best possible materials and instruction you can find. This method is based on utilization of several learning skills. French and Japanese. Since most of us learn in different ways. There are no specific requirements. Certification exams are becoming more and more comprehensive. • • • How do you learn best (reading.com) or any Thomson Prometric testing center (2test. Read through these suggested steps and modify it as necessary to meet your needs.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide How to Take the Test Passing a certification exam takes more than just skimming through a book. The following is a suggestion you may find helpful. The Network+ exam was launched worldwide April 30. watching. CONGRATULATIONS. . YOU’VE COMPLETED THE 1ST STEP BY SELECTING SPECIALIZED SOLUTIONS TO BE YOUR TRAINING PARTNER! Schedule the test for a few weeks from now so that you will have a guidepost that is constantly reminding you that you need to study the material. This helps to ensure that a person who has earned the certification actually understands the concepts and functions of networking versus simply memorizing definitions. You can take the test at any Virtual University Enterprises testing center (vue. You can also call VUE at 877-551-7587 or Thomson Prometric at 888-8956116. You may be surprised at how near you are to a testing center! Evaluate your learning aptitudes. How to Prepare to Ensure Exam Success There are many ways to prepare for the exam. Inc. but A+ certification is not required. German. Who may take the test? Network+ is open to anyone who wants to take the test. hearing or doing)? What time of day is best for you (night person/morning person)? What are your limits before you get bored (or fall asleep)? 10 Specialized Solutions. there is no one method that will work for everyone. The Network+ test is currently available throughout the world in English. A typical candidate would have A+ certification or equivalent knowledge. 1999. Prometric and VUE testing centers administer the exam.

Read through the text to get an understanding of the material. Re-read the test and review the video presentation. Evaluate your active schedule – determine when you have some free time.Introduction Make a plan to learn. Focus on the areas that you had trouble with the first time. You will be surprised at how much more sense it makes this time. Complete the entire course one time through using the following methods: • • Break the course down into bite size chunks (a chapter or two at a time). Watch the videos that correspond to the chapters you read. 11 . Your objective is to own the information (make it part of you). It is not necessary to memorize or even understand the material at this point. just get a feel for it. If you don’t have any free time – MAKE SOME! Be committed to your plan! Step 2 – Do the Coursework (Text and Videos/CDs) Your objective is to get an understanding of the material and the scope of the course. Based on your time to learn (and your schedule). Put it on your calendar and keep it! The time it takes you to read the text may be different from the time needed to watch the video or do the practice exercises. you want to begin to understand. You will also “pick up” some concepts that you missed the first time through. Specialized Solutions. At this time. • Complete the course a second time. Use the rewind button as often as necessary. This workbook will make this task much easier. Review the video presentation one more time if necessary. What you learned in the later chapters may help you get a better understanding of the material the second time through. If you need to. Inc. go though the entire course again. set aside the time to learn. Make an appointment with yourself.

The test administrator will give you a Testing Center Regulations form. You will be provided with a set amount of scratch paper or a small dry erase board for use during the exam. You may not use a laptop computer or have any notes or printed material with you during the exam session. . indicating that you understand the regulations and will comply with them. If you have never taken one of these computergenerated exams. • • • • Did you understand the questions? Did you misinterpret or read more into it than was there? Did you understand the material? Did you read the whole question? Study the areas that you are weak in. (such as a driver’s license or company security ID) before you take the exam. Inc. The test administrator will show you to your test computer and will handle any preparations necessary to start the testing tool and display the exam on the computer. including one photo ID. You will be required to show two forms of identification. Evaluate the questions you missed. it might be a good idea to take advantage of this feature. Step 4 – Take the Certification Exam As you prepare for your certification exam it will be helpful to know what to expect when you arrive at the testing center: • • You will be asked to sign the logbook upon arrival and upon departure. which explains the rules you will be expected to comply with during the test. You will be asked to sign the form. It is a closed book exam. (the sample test is unrelated to the Network+ exam) to give you a feel for how the test is conducted. You will have the opportunity to take a sample test. All scratch paper or boards are collected at the end of the exam.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Step 3 – Prepare for the Network+ Exam Place the practice exam simulator in your computer’s CD-ROM and select the exam you wish to take or practice with. • • • • 12 Specialized Solutions. Continue retaking the practice exams and studying the areas that require improvement until you are consistently scoring in the 90% range on the practice exam.

Before you begin the exam the test administrator will tell you what to do when you complete the exam. ask the administrator BEFORE beginning the exam. Inc. Usually. At the end of the exam you will be able to see which ones are answered. Specialized Solutions. (You don’t need to send them the score report. The course contains five instructor led CD-ROMs. Keep track of the time and pace yourself. You will also receive a printed Examination Score Report indicating your pass or fail status from the test administrator. you are given the ability to skip a question. An unanswered question is always wrong! Stay calm. a Network+ Training & Test Preparation Guide and a practice exam simulator. mark it and come back to it. Make sure ALL questions are answered BEFORE you exit the test!) When you’ve completed the test and exit the system. (At the end of the test when you have the opportunity to review. If you know the answer. which will enable you to see which areas require improvement if you didn’t pass.Some people find it helpful to study the memorization type materials. You will have plenty of time as long as you use it wisely.) If you don’t receive a passing score: If you do not receive a passing score. self-study training system. The testing center will notify CompTIA of your score and they will confirm your certification with you. you may call an authorized testing center to schedule a time to retake the exam. Make sure to note if it is a multiple answer question and select the correct amount of answers. guess. you can see which questions are not answered. answer the question. It lists your score by objective. jotting down their notes on the scratch paper that the testing facility provides. put in extra study time in the objective areas that need improvement. Trust your first instinct about an answer! Go back and answer any marked or unanswered questions. Do not read too much into the question. Sometimes later questions will help answer earlier questions. Please note: YOU MUST PAY FOR EACH EXAM RETAKE! About This Course This Specialized Solutions Network+ course is a multi-media. but be sure to read it in its entirety. If you don’t know the answer. If the administrator does not do this. mark a question or answer a question. If you positively don’t know the answer. If you’re not quite sure. (such as the RAID and SCSI Information) just before entering the exam site and then immediately upon starting the test. marked or skipped. skip it. you are given immediate online pass/fail notification and your score. Before retaking the exam. or if you are unclear about what you should do.Introduction HINT . 13 .

.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide The Video Chapters Include: CD 1: Introduction and Overview Network Topologies Network Technologies Cable Standards Media Connectors CD 2: Media Types Network Components Wireless Technologies Protocols and Standards The OSI Model IP Addressing CD 3: Ports Services WAN Internet Access Remote Access Security Protocols CD 4: Server Operating Systems Client Connectivity Tools for Networking Firewalls Proxy Service Network Connectivity Virtual Local Area Networks Antivirus Software Fault Tolerance Disaster Recovery CD 5: Troubleshooting Network Utilities Troubleshooting Network Services Troubleshooting Topologies Troubleshooting Strategy Preparation for a Certification Test 14 Specialized Solutions. Inc.

15 . Specialized Solutions.Introduction This study guide is divided into 11 chapters. Inc. It is designed to be an effective study tool that will help you retain the information that is presented in the course.

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you understand exactly what a network is. files. users can access programs. Saving files to one location (usually the file server) makes it easy for everyone to gain access to the files that they need.) Most companies network their office computers for the simple reason of economics. peripherals. as a networking professional. Benefits of Networking Computers The main reason that we network computers is to be able to share resources. This section focuses on what a network is and why they are used so extensively in today’s computer environment. You will also be able to identify the two major network configurations and describe the difference between a LAN and a WAN. After completing this chapter you will understand why networking is important and how it relates to the computer environment. and peripherals without using what is fondly known as the “sneaker net. Sharing applications ensures that all users are using the same programs (and versions) and makes it much easier to manage documents. 17 . and applications (resources).Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals This chapter introduces you to the basics of networking. It is much less expensive to purchase one network printer to serve everyone’s needs (or one department’s depending on the size of the network) than to purchase a printer for every user.” (Taking a floppy disk with the information that you want to share or print to the computer that can provide the desired service. Another advantage of networking is the ability to have a centralized location for document storage.” Real estate professionals would think of networking as a means to make more sales through talking to people about what they do. a central file server can keep unauthorized users from accessing confidential or sensitive files. It is very important that. But for our purposes. Inc. An affiliation of broadcasting companies is also called a network (you’ve heard of NBC?). a network is a system of connecting independent computers so that users may share data. Introduction to Networking There are many different uses for the term “networking. Through networking. Additionally. Specialized Solutions. A central file server also allows for an easier backup strategy to be implemented.

The Internet is the world’s largest WAN. or if its hundreds of computers spread throughout a high-rise office building. The main distinction between a LAN and a WAN is that a LAN is confined to a limited area whereas a WAN has no geographical limits. it is still considered a LAN. . When LANs are connected they create a WAN. A WAN can connect networks from building to building or across the world. Also. Inc. A LAN is the basic (and smallest) starting point of any computer network. 18 Specialized Solutions. Even if the network is merely two computers connected by a cable to share information.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) There are two basic structures of network types: • • LAN (Local Area Networks) WAN (Wide Area Networks) LAN WAN A network is classified into one of these groups based upon its size and function. the speed of communication between the computers is typically much faster in a LAN.

The disadvantages are greater expense and the complexity of installation. including hard disk space and RAM. but they are not common. Since the client/server network is the most common choice of businesses today. also known as clients. The Internet has replaced most MANs today. Also. A MAN is larger than a LAN but is limited to a metropolitan area such as a city or county. that access would cause the workstation to become a server. one for printing (print server). including applications. These terms are not interchangeable. that is capable of servicing clients who access shared files.Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals There is actually a third classification of networks: a MAN (Metropolitan Area Network). The only true client/server relationship where the roles do not change is the mainframe computer. efficiency in backing up the data. if that same workstation happened to be connected to a printer that another user wanted to access. A network can be either a peer-topeer network or a server-based network. it would appear that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. A large network may have more than one server. one for applications (application server). since it would be serving the needs of a user (or client). However. it is the role they play in the dynamic world of desktops and laptops that changes. network security. The mainframe is always the server and anyone who accesses it is always the client. when the user is getting information from the server. A server is a high-end computer that has a very large amount of storage. and expandability. For example. 19 . A mainframe will handle all the functions. The Client/Server Relationship A network is classified by how it shares information. Inc. configuration and management may be more challenging. A workstation is a computer workspace that is connected to a network. Users. Client/Server Networking In a server-based network there is a dedicated computer called a server that is the central location of resources. or a mail server (E-mail). there may be a dedicated server for file storage (called a file server). The advantages of this type of network are central administration. log onto the server to access the files or applications that they wish to use. and is a client. It is important to know what a MAN is. Servers and clients are roles played by computers and users as they interact in their daily activity. Specialized Solutions.

Peer-to-Peer Network 20 Specialized Solutions. This type of network is most often used when fewer than ten computers are involved.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Client/Server Network Peer-to-Peer Networking In a peer-to-peer network there are no separate computers that act as servers. In a peer-to-peer network all computers are equal. A disadvantage of the peer-to-peer network is that since users are responsible for their own systems’ security.g. network security is unreliable. The computers are simply cabled together. A peer-to-peer network is simple and inexpensive to install. and as long as each computer has an operating system capable of client/sharing (e. . a peer-to-peer network is difficult to expand. Also. All of the computers on the network can act as either clients or servers depending upon the needs of the user. Inc. Windows 95 and up) they will be able to communicate via the network.

map. future growth needs. if the cable breaks. (Network Interface Cards. design. Devices only listen for data being transmitted. The signal is sent out on the cable and it travels from one end of the cable to the other. or segment. 21 . the network will go down and devices will not be able to communicate with each other. are all determined by the topology used. it prevents other devices from sending data. As a network professional. While the signal is bouncing back and forth. and even how the cabling is run through a building. Specialized Solutions.Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals Basic Network Structure (Topology) A network’s basic structure. Setting up a network requires more than just cabling the computers together. Inc. A terminator absorbs the signal and stops signal bounce. An electronic signal is sent out on the cable to all of the devices connected on the network. To stop signal bounce. scheme. a component called a terminator is installed at each end of the cable. The type and capabilities of the equipment that will be used. refers to its physical layout. backbone. Only one computer at a time can transmit data on a Bus network or signals will collide and the transmission will fail. The nodes (computers or devices connected to the network) are all connected along a single cable. This means that the more computers that are connected to a Bus the slower the network becomes as devices are waiting to transmit or retransmit. NICs. or topology. The Bus topology is a passive topology. also called Network Adapter Cards). connectors. they do not move the transmissions along. and how a network will be managed are all potential problems that need to be considered when planning a network. how the computers will talk to each other (protocols). There are three standard topologies that a network professional needs to understand: • • • Bus Topology Star Topology Ring Topology Bus Topology The simplest and probably the most used form of network topologies is the Bus topology (sometimes called a linear bus). the signal would travel back and forth along the cable and cause what is known as signal bounce. This cable is called a trunk. Devices on a Bus topology communicate by sending data to a specific address on the network (a device’s address). However. only the device whose address matches the address encoded in the signal will respond to the signal. or diagram. you will need to know how to choose the network topology that will best suit the needs of your network. In a Bus network. If not prevented. Different topologies have different cabling requirements.

however. The signal is actually boosted and sent on along the cable when it passes through the computers on the network. it can affect the entire network. all devices are connected to a central point called a hub. There are no ends to terminate. but the advantage is that if one computer (or the cable that connects one computer to the hub) goes down. . the entire network will go down. the rest of the network will still continue to function. Star Topology Ring Topology In a Ring topology. Inc. 22 Specialized Solutions. The Ring is not a passive topology like the Bus topology. The data is transmitted around the loop in one direction and passes through each computer on the network.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Star Topology In a Star topology. A disadvantage is that if one computer fails. It requires a lot more cable than the Bus topology. If the hub fails. the devices are connected in one continuous circle of cable.

These are the methods in which a network is actually wired. Mesh Topology In the Mesh topology every device is connected to every other device by separate cables and has redundant paths. Inc. today’s networking professional will encounter many network topologies that are combinations of the above configurations. Special Topologies In addition to the above topologies. So far. This gives us a physical star topology. we have been discussing physical topologies. For example. Token Ring networks are physical stars and logical rings. but the hubs in a Star Ring are connected in a star pattern by a main hub. It consists of several Star topology networks that are linked using linear Bus trunks. they operate between the hubs like a bus topology and are therefore a logical bus. Before you can understand some of these special topologies. A logical topology. Also. on the other hand. a computer can fail and not prevent the network from functioning. In these networks.Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals With IBM Token Ring networks. Hybrid Topologies The Star Bus topology is a hybrid of the Star and Bus topologies. These are known as Hybrid topologies. This is very expensive to install but it is extremely reliable because of the redundant paths. You will be able to see a physical topology. However. is how the network actually works. The Star Ring topology is similar to the Star Bus. some Ethernet networks today are wired using a using multiple hubs. Specialized Solutions. 23 . you will need to know the difference between a physical and a logical topology. the ring is actually in a special type of hub called a Multistation Access Unit (MSAU).

Inc. 24 Specialized Solutions. . Since each computer has its own connection to the wireless access point (WAP). .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Wireless Topology A Wireless topology is one in which there aren’t any cables connecting the network devices to the LAN or one which the LAN uses wireless technology between access points. the topology of a wireless network is that of an “invisible star”. The benefits of wireless technology will be discussed at length in Chapter 4 of this book.

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It is passed along from device to device until it arrives at the computer whose addressing information matches the one encoded on the token. Another aspect of networks that is related to topology is the way in which the network is accessed by individual devices. A token is passed along from device to device until it is received by a computer that needs to transmit. The sending machine then creates a new token to send around the ring that will be grabbed by the next device that wants to transmit data on the network. Multiple Access means that more than one computer 26 Specialized Solutions. they are called Token Ring and Ethernet. we create kind of a “party line”.” Token Passing Token passing is the method of sending data around a Token Ring topology. The sending computer grabs the token and encodes it with addressing information for the receiving computer and sends it out on the ring. Inc. This is based on the media or wiring of the network. only one device at a time can communicate on the network. The method that is used for an individual device to be able to use the network party line is called media access. Carrier Sense means the network card listens to the cable for a quiet period during which it can send messages. and the message is delivered. With several devices connected to one media. . The receiving computer then sends the token back to the sending computer to let it know that it received the message. Token Passing Ethernet Ethernet uses a system known as Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD). The two most common network standards are distinguished by their respective media access methods. Since there is only one token.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Access The topologies that we have been discussing describe the way in which the computers and other devices on a network are connected. We will also cover access methods in more detail in the chapter “Network Protocols and Standards.

Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals can be connected to the same cable. Inc. Ethernet transmits at 10 Mbps and Fast Ethernet transmits at 100 Mbps. Collision Detection is the ability to detect whether messages have collided in transit (neither message will arrive at their destination and both will be retransmitted). Specialized Solutions. 27 . Collision Detection Fast Ethernet Fast Ethernet was developed to meet the increasing demands on networks. Fast Ethernet works on the same principals as Ethernet but operates at 10 times the speed of the original.

Inc. hubs come in a variety of names depending on their function. Signals pass through the hub but are not regenerated or amplified. they are all the same. Essentially. With a Token Ring. not all hubs are the same and you must use one that is designed to meet the needs of the network. . Passive Hubs A passive hub acts as a connection point only. since they provide a common location for connecting the cabling of a network.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Hubs and Concentrators More and more networks are using hubs and they are pretty much standard equipment in today’s networks. Just remember. they are called MSAUs (Multiple Station Access Units). Today. The most common name used with Ethernet is a hub or a concentrator. Passive hubs do not require any electrical power to function. Hubs can be classified as either passive or active. Passive Hub – Patch Panel 28 Specialized Solutions.

2) Centralized monitoring of traffic and activity along with diagnostic capabilities are available.Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals Active Hubs Most of the hubs used today are active hubs. 3) A variety of cable types can be accommodated. They have many advantages over other types of networks: 1) If a cable breaks only the portion of the network on that segment is affected. 29 . Specialized Solutions. Active Hub Hub-Based Networks Hub-based networks are increasing in popularity. Inc. 4) Expanding the network can be easily accomplished by using hubs. This type type of hub requires electrical power to function. An active hub regenerates or amplifies a signal when it is passed through.

If you are having trouble with any of these concepts. A WAN is not geographically limited and typically has greater speed of communication than a WAN. It is important to know the differences between these two classifications and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We also learned about the two basic network classifications of networks: the peer-to-peer network and the server-based network. 30 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Summary In this chapter we learned that the main reason for networking (as it relates to computers) is the sharing of resources. and ring. and the Internet is the world’s largest WAN. A LAN is the smallest form and is the basic building block for larger networks. star. Topology is a term we use to describe the logical shape of the connection of computers in a network. go back and review the chapter again. Inc. The two types of networks are LANs and WANs. Be sure to complete the following exercises and review questions. The three main types of topology are bus. .

Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book. 31 . Keyword Active Hub Application Application Server Bus Topology Client Data Fax Server File Server Hub Hybrid Topology LAN Mail Server MAN Media Mesh Topology Network Network Administrator Passive Hub Peer-to-peer Peripheral Print Server Definition Specialized Solutions. Inc.Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Keyword Resources Ring Topology Security Server Server-based Sharing Star Topology Token Passing User WAN Wireless Topology Definition 32 Specialized Solutions. Inc. .

What is the main reason for networking computers? 3. Name some advantages of a Peer-to-Peer network. 10. Name some disadvantages of a Server-based network. Name some advantages of a Server-based network. Specialized Solutions. Name some disadvantages of a Peer-to-Peer network. What is a “sneaker net”? 4. Name two media access methods. 33 . What does MAN stand for and why is it no longer in use? 6. 11.Chapter 1 1. What is the difference between a physical and logical topology? 12. 8.Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals Review Questions . Inc. Name some advantages of having centralized documents. Name the three basic topologies. What are the key differences between a local area network (LAN) and a wide area network (WAN)? 2. 9. 5. 7.

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Most of today’s client and server operating systems have a built-in network operating system. as well as the operating system. hard disk space.g. it is just a pile of metal and plastic. processor time. When we refer to the operating system in this chapter. The differences between server and client operating systems as well as preemptive and non-preemptive multitasking will be covered as well. Inc. The operating system is also responsible for the running of applications (e. it will just sit there. and peripherals are all controlled by the operating system (the software). When we are talking about operating systems. but without an operating system. A computer needed two sets of software in order to function in a networking environment.Network Operating Systems (NOS) Up to this point we have focused on the design aspects of networking. what we are really talking about are network operating systems. we are referencing the built-in network operating system component. What is an Operating System? Not that long ago. You can get it all set up and turn on the power. Hardware resources such as RAM. network operating systems were designed to operate on top of an existing operating system. most networked computers run software that was specifically designed to run both the computer’s stand-alone functions as well as its networking functions. This chapter is all about the various operating systems with which a networking professional needs to be familiar. The main objective is to make sure that the hardware and the applications are all compatible with each other. In this chapter we will explore the features and benefits of the more popular network operating systems. Network operating systems (NOS) are specialized operating systems designed to integrate computers in a networking environment. Even if you have the best network design composed of the best hardware in the universe. We will also discuss their minimum requirements and interoperability capabilities. Specialized Solutions. word-processing. Today. if you don’t have the software to run it. and database programs).Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) Chapter 2 . 35 . spreadsheet.

36 Specialized Solutions. . put simply. Most operating systems appear to be performing multiple tasks by alternating between tasks until they are all completed. the processor is never taken away from a task. Non-preemptive multitasking is when the task decides when it is done with the processor. It is used on all of the latest operating systems. means that an operating system has the ability to perform more than one task at a time. Non-preemptive Multitasking Multitasking. Preemptive multitasking means that the operating system can take control of the processor without a task’s permission.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Preemptive vs. In non-preemptive multitasking. Preemptive multitasking began with Windows 95 and the Intel Pentium processor. A true multitasking (multi-processing) operating system is able to process as many tasks as it has processors. Inc.

It is necessary to install the requester software (NetWare Client32 for Windows 95) with NetWare. all you have to do is share any directories and peripherals to the network. To install a NIC with Windows 95/98 is as simple as installing the card. and archiving music. Instead. Windows 95/98 also performs very well as a client with both the NetWare and Windows NT operating systems. Their new graphical interface and networking capabilities make them a vast improvement over their predecessors. Windows ME Windows ME is the client operating system that has followed the Windows 9x operating systems. Help and support is improved from Windows 98 and home networking is made easier than ever. and you have a working network. Peer-to-peer LANs are an excellent choice for the network that has less than ten computers and no need of security (such as a small office environment). to communicate with other computers over a network. Inc. each workstation may act as either a client or a server depending upon whether it is accessing resources on another workstation or if another workstation is accessing its resources. moving photos to the Web. such as BSD UNIX. Usually only NICs and cabling will need to be purchased to implement this kind of network. It is certainly the most economical of the networking choices. Most of the operating systems in use today are already capable of managing this type of network. or a similar program. turning on the computer and answering questions. Usually this type of network only shares files and peripheral devices. Windows 95/98 Windows 95 and Windows 98 are operating systems that include a network operating system.Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) What is a Network Operating System (NOS)? A NOS is an operating system that includes other software. All shared resources are arranged on a hierarchical basis and displayed in Network Neighborhood. Then. Microsoft Client. They use an icon called the Network Neighborhood for desktop access of the network. A peer-to-peer LAN is not a client/server-based network. Specialized Solutions. Novell NetWare. It is well-suited for editing home movies. With NT the only drawback is that you will not be able to utilize NT’s advanced security features because Windows 95 is not compatible with the NTFS file system. Windows 95/98 is also able to better identify NICs. Plug-n-Play technology has also made installing a NIC much easier. Peer-to-Peer LANs Many smaller networking environments utilize the peer-to-peer network configuration. It protects critical files and will allow you to revert your system back to normal if anything goes wrong. 37 .

EFS (Encrypting File System). which allows for safety when installing additional software or making changes to the computer’s configuration. driver certification. It also uses System Restore. remote OS installation. is equipped to be networked easily. It also supports Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and group policies. peer-topeer support for Windows 9x and NT. Windows XP Home Windows XP Home edition is the newest edition of Microsoft’s OS for home users. . Other Peer-to-Peer LANs The following table lists other peer-to-peer LAN software and their manufacturers that the networking professional may come across in real life but are unlikely to be on the test: 38 Specialized Solutions. IPsec and Kerberos support. It features file protection. a simplified visual design. like ME. multilingual support. like the rest of the client OS software mentioned here. It. Inc. It allows for faster user switching.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Windows 2000 Professional Windows 2000 Professional is the client counterpart to Windows 2000 server.

the computers act as both a client and a server. In a Serverbased network. This can also provide accessibility and security for all devices on a network. Some network operating systems require that different versions are installed depending on whether a computer is the server (provides resources remotely over a network) or a client (uses resources locally). Inc.Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) Software Name 10NetPlus AppleTalk Easy Net GV LAN OS LANsmark LANsoft LANStep LANtastic NET/30 Network OSCBIS OS/2 Warp Personal NetWare POWERLan ReadyLink WEB Manufacturer Digital Communications Associates. it is necessary to have an operating system that can perform in this environment. Specialized Solutions. However. the purpose of a network operating system is to connect all devices on a network (computers and peripherals) and to coordinate their usability. Inc. Apple Computer LanMark Grapevine LAN Products D-Link Systems ACCTon Technology Hayes Microcomputer Products Artisoft Invisible Software Peachtree IBM Corporation Novell Performance Technology Compex WebCorp Server/Client Software In a peer-to-peer network. 39 .

Network security is discussed in greater detail in Chapter 10. the command is processed over the computer’s internal CPU via the computer’s local bus. At the very least. Users are required to enter a password before they can log on and gain access. and to the server. most of the data is stored on the server.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide There are two types of networking software that must be considered: • • Client Software Server Software Client Software If you type a command for your stand-alone computer to perform a task. Server Software As their name implies. They are the storage facility for the bulk of the data in a network environment and as such are an excellent point from which to centrally manage a network. . out onto the network. The server keeps track of who is logged onto a network and what resources have been (or are being) accessed. the server should be attached to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). if you were requesting resources or services that exist on a remote server. the operating system has to have the capability to redirect (forward) the request away from the local bus. Administrators set up and manage user accounts and passwords. They process requests from clients for resources such as files and peripherals. The component that handles these requests is called the redirector. This 40 Specialized Solutions. However. server software includes services for the following: • • • Managing User Accounts Security Data Protection Managing User Accounts Servers make it possible to manage users from a central location. Most network administrators provide some sort of fault-tolerance system on the server. Some networks even cluster server so that more that one server can share a database of information. Inc. Servers exist to serve. Data Protection As we already discussed. Security Administrators can set up the accounts to determine who gets privileges to what resources and change them as needed (including denying access). Unlike most client software. This makes it an excellent point from which to perform regular backups.

It does not need to know anything about networks. 41 . If it is a local designator (drive C: for example) the request is passed on to the local bus. Inc. called drive designators. or if they need to be redirected to the server. The purpose of the redirector is to make network resources look like local resources to application programs. Specialized Solutions. which opens the file or transfers the print job to the network printer.Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) provides for load balancing of the server resources as well as fault tolerance if one server were to fail. If it is a network designator the request is forwarded to the server. It does this by assigning drive letters. etc. it is a section of code located in the network operating system that intercepts requests and determines if they are local requests. Basically. This makes the application program believe that it is simply working with a very large hard drive or with a local printer. to resources. The Redirector (Requester) The redirector (in Novell NetWare this is called the requester) is responsible for forwarding requests away from the local bus and redirecting them to the server.

Trustee rights regulate which directories and files a user can access. First. and volumes is also handled with NDS. messaging. NetWare Directory Services (NDS) NDS (NetWare Directory Services) is the core of the NetWare operating system. but there will always be data in any network to which access must be restricted. • NetWare’s popularity is due largely to its ability to provide services across multioperating system environments. 486. management. routing. which is a Windows-based utility. NetWare provides more than adequate network security by using a combination of approaches. Version 6. which is a DOS-based utility. login security provides authentication and verification of user name.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NOS Packages There are a multitude of network operating systems available for use. or Pentium machines. which is like the Internet but within a network or company. but it is losing market share to Microsoft servers every year. web-publishing. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. a user may logon from anywhere on the network and gain access with all of their assigned rights and privileges intact. as well as what kind of access they have. Novell NetWare The NetWare operating system has been around for a long time. or through NWADMIN. Organization of network resources such as users. password. servers.12 and 4. non-shareable. it was the most popular server operating system. or changed. name service. and account restrictions. The earliest version (2. 42 Specialized Solutions. time. NetWare Security The purpose of a network may be to share resources. It may be installed in either the client or server format. Inc. In the past. NetWare File Services The NetWare file server hard drive may be mapped to a client and the client machine will recognize the drive as a logical drive and be able to access it as it would any other drive in the computer. copied.2) was designed to operate on 286 machines. In this section. Version 4. Versions 3. NetWare is administered through NetADMIN. we will take a closer look a some of the more popular ones.EXE.5 is now on the market. It is a reliable operating system that provides performance and security. Directory and file attributes are used to set the types of access for a file or directory such as viewed. and file and print services. . It is a hierarchically organized database that provides security. With NDS’ single point logon. groups. See Chapter 10 for more information on network security.11 is called IntranetWare. deleted. NetWare is based upon the industry standard X500 directory architecture.11 operate on 386. It is Novell’s push to gain market share and is a way of creating an Intranet. shared.

The file server and the print server can be the same computer. NetWare Message Handling Service (MHS) MHS may be installed on any server and configured to be a network wide E-mail system. You can send messages to individuals or to groups very easily. next to the print server. Print requests are first routed to the file server. Inc. It is compatible with E-mail programs such as Novell’s GroupWise and Microsoft Mail. NetWare also provides a method of using simple commands to send messages to other users on the network. You can even send messages to everyone in a group. NetWare Minimum Requirements The following are the minimum installation requirements as specified by Novell for installing their server software: Specialized Solutions.Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) NetWare Print Services NetWare Print Services can support up to 256 printers. Printers may be attached to the server. 43 . as well as others. or directly to the network. except an individual workstation. and finally to the printer. a workstation.

1 or later (Standard or Extended Edition) and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 OS/2 2.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 3. .X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 5: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Pentium Class or higher 64 MB 550 MB 386 or higher 16 MB 105 MB 386 or higher 6 MB 30 MB 286 or higher 2.0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for Macintosh OS Specialized Solutions.11 or OS/2 Warp and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 Macintosh 6.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 4.1 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS MS Windows 3.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Version 2. Inc.5 MB 20 MB Client Software The client software may be installed on any computer running any of the following: • • • • • 44 DOS 3.0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS OS/2 1.

The NT file system (NTFS) must be utilized in order to take full advantage of Windows security features. allowing restricted access to individuals or groups. Change. but Windows NT contains services such as NWLink and Gateway Service for NetWare (GSNW) that allow them to work together effectively. Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003. interoperability simply means the ability of an operating system to operate with other systems. Full Control. Server is much more powerful so that it may provide network management. Windows combines the operating system and the network operating system into one. offer even more advantages and stronger security than their predecessors. its popularity is being replaced by Microsoft Windows Servers. actually evolved from a project that was jointly developed by IBM and Microsoft (OS/2). You must have administrative privileges in order to share anything on a Windows network. Problems do occur when trying to operate within the Windows NT domain. As we’ve already discussed. The NT Kernel. The services provided by the server are more powerful and it is easier for programmers to develop software that takes advantage of Microsoft’s server/workstation technology. Windows NT has two versions: Server (the server software) and Workstation (the client software). Today. With this method. Microsoft released the Windows NT operating system and a network operating system version. Although Server and Workstation can both operate as either stand-alone or network systems. or No Access may be set on the directory. Specialized Solutions. The attributes such as Read. and is limited to the publicly shared files mentioned earlier. A disadvantage of this is that anyone not using NTFS cannot recognize NTFS directories. 45 . Inc. This type is performed by each workstation or server publicly sharing a directory on the network. Microsoft Windows NT Network Operating System While NetWare was the network operating system of the 80s and early 90s. NetWare is extremely efficient at operating with other systems. Windows NT Advanced Server in 1993. another security method must be utilized. you may assign directory and filelevel permissions to the data. It is possible to use both the NTFS and FAT file systems as long as they are in different partitions on the hard drive.Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) NetWare Interoperability As the word implies. The newest of these server operating systems. Unlike NetWare. the Windows servers may be configured to store each workstation’s directories in order to provide centralized data management and backups. This makes it more difficult to work in multi-operating system environments. Windows File Services Like NetWare. The NetWare client can be installed with almost any other operating system.File Allocation Table) during installation. Files in Windows may be shared by using a simple file sharing method similar to sharing files on a peer-to-peer network. The advanced security features of Windows are not available if you choose the DOS file system (FAT . but it does have several advantages. which as at the base of all Microsoft’s servers. In order to take maximum advantage of the security features in Windows .

46 Specialized Solutions... Microsoft uses domains to control access and authenticate users and computers. and resources with a shared security database. Windows Print Servers Any workstation or server may perform as a print server in a Windows network. Workstation Service is the redirector service.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Windows Server Security Security was a major concern in the development of Windows Servers. you are given the option to share it to the network. Alerter Service sends the notifications that are monitored by the messenger service. computers. Rights must be assigned to users in order for them to use any resources or perform any tasks in the domain. A domain is simply a group of users. Printing is as easy as selecting the printer that you want to use (assuming that you have the appropriate permissions). Microsoft wanted to make NT as compatible with NetWare as possible. Remember. The following is a list of services included with Windows Server software to ensure NetWare compatibility: NWLink is actually a clone of Novell’s IPX/SPX protocol and is used for communication between Microsoft and NetWare. Server Service provides access to network resources. Browser Service provides a list of all available domain and workgroup servers. and user rights. except that you are asked if it is to be a network or local printer. See Chapter 10 for more information on network security. Windows Network Services There are many services available in Windows to manage network flow: Messenger Service monitors the network and provides pop-up messages for the user. Even if you are installing a local printer. permissions. A domain controller is a server that maintains and manages all accounts. (Of course a user still has to be assigned the permission to access a resource.) Installing a network printer is just like installing a local printer. Interoperability As Novell NetWare was the “big kid on the block” when NT came on the scene. At least one domain controller is assigned to each domain. . Inc. A printer need only be shared to the network to be accessible to anyone on the network. more than one printer can be installed to any machine. especially with the latest Windows Server 2003 family. This trend continued with the latest Windows server operating systems (Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003.

Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) GSNW (Gateway Services for NetWare) provides the gateway between an Microsoft domain and the NetWare server. It also offers an improved version of NTFS and fault tolerant versions of RAID on dynamic drives. which govern what users can see and do on the network. In contrast. it has more “locked down” security templates that make it less likely that users will try to go around the security. Installing GSNW automatically installs the NWLink protocol as well.0). In addition. Windows Server 2003 is the first Windows server that was built primarily with security in mind. FPNW (File and Print Service for NetWare) is a utility that enables NetWare clients to access Microsoft file and print services. when using Windows Server 2003 you typically must remove or configure security boundaries in order to get the server to. Windows 2000 Server Windows 2000 server is the server-side OS to Windows 2000 Professional. This is necessary because all Microsoft client workstations in a domain must connect to a NetWare server through a single contact point. Migration Tool for NetWare is a tool used to convert from NetWare to Windows. Even though UNIX was not designed as a network operating system it can be. Installing CSNW automatically installs the NWLink protocol as well.. UNIX is a Specialized Solutions.0) than the previous version in Windows 2000 (IIS 5. but it adds many features that are designed exclusively for security. Probably the biggest feature in Windows 2000 server is the addition of Active Directory. CSNW (Client Services for NetWare) is the Microsoft service that allows workstations to use file and print services on a NetWare server. used as such. 47 . In fact. UNIX Operating Systems UNIX stands for UNiplexed Information and Computing System.well serve. Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2003 is the latest in the line of Microsoft server operating systems. Active Directory is a directory service that stores information about objects on a network and makes this information available to both users and administrators. Network performance will decrease as the number of computers accessing the gateway increases.. It allows for a single logon to access resources anywhere on the network. This software is not included with Netware but can be purchased separately. Its purpose is to move (called migrating) NetWare account information to Microsoft’s domain controller. Windows Server 2003 offers a more secure Web Server (IIS 6. It provides all of the advantages of Windows 2000 Server. It can be installed on the Microsoft client to allow it to connect the Netware server directly. and is. DSMN (Directory Service Manager for NetWare) is another add-on utility that is used to integrate user and group account information between the two operating systems. Previous Microsoft server operating systems were built to serve and then had security features to protect them. Group policies can be utilized with server 2000. Inc. It allows Novell NDS computers to be managed just as Microsoft domain controllers.

many variations of Linux have been created over the years such as Caldera and Red Hat. but has lost market share since the arrival of NetWare. in fact the software is available for a free download. VINES is a great performer in multi-operating system environments. VINES was originally based on UNIX and has a directory services application called StreetTalk layered on top. At one time. These terminals are not stand-alone computers. OS/2. It is a publicly open system that has made it popular among enthusiasts already familiar with a UNIX interface. TCP/IP. to convert the UNIX host into a file server. StreetTalk provides directory. Software is available. . A file redirector is used to allow the workstation to store and retrieve UNIX files as if they were in the original format. It is primarily used on minicomputers and has many features that are favored in the engineering and scientific environments. however. as well as file and printer sharing. UNIX is a multi-tasking. It is available on both Intel (PC) and PowerPC (Mac) platforms. At its inception. Linux is open source. Because of its open source nature. Linux was designed to be less expensive than UNIX. It uses a GUI (graphical user interface). general-purpose operating system. security. but rely solely on the UNIX host for resources. as well as others. Inc. The multi-tasking UNIX host will run this software as just another application. Banyan VINES is a client/server-based network operating system. The UNIX-based workstation can run DOS. and messaging services. A UNIX system consists of a host (a central computer) with terminals for the users. it was an extremely popular network operating system. UNIX. multi-user. and many other features associated with an OS.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide bulky operating system. 48 Specialized Solutions. Like Novell NetWare. Linux is another operating system similar to UNIX. which means that it can be changed by a software programmer. Banyan VINES (Virtual Integrated Network Service) Like Windows. or Macintosh System 7 for its operating system.

In conjunction with Xerox. Inc. Specialized Solutions.Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) The Macintosh ("Mac") was developed by Apple Computer in 1984. but users also use them personally. they developed what later became known as the mouse and the first GUI display. both at home and on the go. and the processor used in Apples today is called PowerPC. 49 . The Mac OS X is the most current operating system used in conjunction with the Apple computer (at the time of the writing of this book). Macs are known for being used primarily in video or graphic production.

and data backups. Be sure to complete the following exercises and review questions. the most popular network operating systems also function as the network operating system. The function of the redirector is to determine whether a requested resource is located locally (on the client computer) or exists on the server (remotely). With the redirector. The redirector then routes the request to the proper bus accordingly. the client computers rely on the server for their resources. an application is unaware that it is working from a network. centralization of administration. In a server-based network. Study through the chapter again if you need to. etc. A key component in a network operating system is the Redirector (called the Requester in Novell NetWare). In a peer-to-peer network. Windows NT has Server software for the server and Workstation software for client machines.). Inc. and at least be familiar with others. . Network operating systems allow a computer to function in a network environment.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Summary Operating systems are the lifeblood of the computer. There still are numerous LANs that use a network operating system over a conventional operating system. Novell’s NetWare allows for client machines to use a variety of operating systems. It is important for the networking professional to know the major network operating systems used today. (UNIX. the computers may function as either a server (when sharing resources to others on the network) or a client (when sharing the resources of another computer on the network). 50 Specialized Solutions. Today. Server and client machines typically use different operating systems. The main advantages of the server-based network are increased security. such as Novell NetWare and Windows server operating systems. Banyan VINES. Without an operating system a computer is just another pile of metal and plastic.

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Chapter 3- The OSI Model and Communication Standards
In this chapter you will learn about the OSI (Open System Interconnection) model, what it is and its primary function. You will learn about which layer of the OSI model handles each function, and which devices function at each layer. We will also discuss the IEEE 802 standards as well as touch on various protocols and how they relate to the OSI Model. The OSI model and IEEE 802 Standards are a big part of the Network+ exam.

The Seven Layers of Network Communication
The Open Systems Interface (OSI) model is the most commonly referenced standard in the networking industry today. The International Standards Organization (ISO) released a set of specifications for connecting devices on a network in 1978. These specifications were updated in 1984 to what we know today as the OSI model. The purpose of these specifications is to describe how network hardware and software communicate with one another. These specifications allow hardware and software manufacturers to develop products that are compatible with each other. The OSI model is designed as a framework that allows communication between similar and dissimilar computer systems across a network. The OSI Model was created after many of the protocols it represents were already in use. As a result, some of the information regarding these protocols may appear to be inconsistent with the OSI Model. There are seven steps required to prepare data for transmission between the sending application and the receiving application. The OSI model represents these seven steps as seven layers. These layers are used extensively in network environments and it is imperative that the networking professional understand the different layers and their functions. The OSI model defines the rules involving how network devices will contact each other, and how they will communicate if they are using different languages. The OSI model also defines how a device knows when to transmit; when not to transmit; and how to make sure that transmissions are received correctly by the recipient. Even how the physical media is arranged and connected; how the data will flow (at what speed); and how bits are represented on the medium are defined within these specifications.

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The Seven Layers of OSI The first thing you should notice is we’ve listed the layers from the top down. This model is usually represented in this way because we refer to the layers as upper and lower layers, depending upon their functions.

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The following is a summary of the seven layers of the OSI model starting with the top layer: Application Layer This layer of the OSI Model defines how network services or applications interact with the network. These services include file, print, and messaging services. Error recovery may also be a function of the Application layer. The Application layer is responsible for communication between a user’s application and the network. This is not the actual application or program, simply a support layer that allows an application to use the network by acting as a translator. This is the layer that allows users to send E-mail, transfer files across the network, or access a

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It provides a logical connection between the two devices. and un-packaging the data for transport. Each connection is called a session. As its name implies. Session Layer The Session layer organizes the flow of data between devices. The network redirector operates at this layer. bit ordering. The Session layer controls the communication between the two computers and determines who can transmit. if the packets are too small. Sessions may be established using simplex. and ending connections. Inc. half-duplex. etc. This layer is also responsible for data compression. Presentation Layer The Presentation layer is the translator for the network. It is also responsible for security and other functions that allow two applications to communicate over the network. add any addressing information and error correction information. they will be combined. It translates data into a format that is compatible with the network. it presents data to the application layer. and data encryption. (so that an IBM compatible computer may communicate with a Macintosh. For example. The Transport layer is also responsible for packaging. interpreting graphics commands. The Transport layer accepts packets from the Session layer and repackages them. or receive.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards network database. managing. If Specialized Solutions. In short. The Session layer uses a name lookup service such as NetBIOS to identify and establish sessions between two computers. and error free. and when. and prepare it for its journey. without duplication.) character set conversion. This layer enables computer applications to communicate with applications on remote machines as if they were local. The Session layer organizes data synchronization and also inserts checkpoints in the data. Transport Layer The Transport layer is responsible for the errorfree delivery of the transmitted data. This layer is responsible for establishing. or full-duplex communication. The presentation layer acts as a translator between an application’s native format and the network. 57 . Only the data after the last transmission will have to be retransmitted after a failure. These checkpoints ensure that all data is sent (or received) and make it possible to limit retransmissions in the event of a network failure during transmission. The Transport layer is responsible for delivering data that is in sequence. it will break the data into packets. and then the Presentation layer of the receiving computer translates the data back into a format that is compatible with the computer. It is responsible for resizing them before being sent to the destination computer. The redirector is responsible for making network services appear to be local services to a computer. protocol conversion.

When you are using a connectionless protocol. especially on large intranetworks where there may be more than one way to reach a destination. The network layer handles all the routing information as packets travel from one network to another. This layer is also responsible for breaking packets into smaller chunks.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide they are too large. it will be un-packed. all data packets will be sent and retrieved in an orderly. 58 Specialized Solutions. the destination computer will send an acknowledgement that the data was received. and then assembled and sent up to the Session layer. it will retransmit after a specified amount of time.) It also includes control information such as frame type. Should an error occur. TCP and UDP are Transport layer protocols. When the data is received. The Network layer is responsible for communication between computers via their IP addresses. Network Layer The hardware that is used to construct the network plays an important role at this layer. they will be broken into smaller packets. (These addresses are hardwired onto the NIC by the manufacturers. In an ideal world. the Transport layer will sort out the problems and request that missing packets be retransmitted. When you are using a connection-oriented protocol. For example. This layer makes routing decisions for transmissions that are further away than a single link. . This is accomplished through various error control and other protocol-dependent features. checked for errors. stripped of its addressing information. the Transport layer is responsible for the guaranteed delivery of packets. It receives a packet from the Network layer and packages it into what is called a frame. delivery of packets is not guaranteed. This layer also reassembles the data before passing it up to the Transport layer on the receiving side. Its header includes the hardware address of the sending and destination NIC cards. IP and IPX are Network layer protocols. if they are larger than the largest acceptable frame size on a network. UDP is a connectionless protocol. the largest frame size on an Ethernet is 1. If the sending computer does not receive an acknowledgement. Connectionless protocols are faster. Inc. but connection-oriented protocols are more reliable. segmentation information and routing information. Routers and NICs function on this layer. error free manner. It translates logical network addresses into physical machine addresses and determines the best route to the destination computer. TCP is a connection-oriented protocol. The Transport layer of the destination computer reassembles the data (returns it to its original state) and checks for errors and duplications.518 bytes and the smallest is 64 bytes. This controls network congestion. however. Data Link Layer The Data Link layer is the second lowest layer in the OSI model. The sending computer does not send any more data until it receives the acknowledgement for the previous transmission. Once the data is reassembled.

If it is not. (they are the vendor code that is assigned to a manufacturer by the IEEE Committee) and the last 6-digits identify the NIC (host). This sub-layer communicates directly with NICs using the MAC address. Inc. The way that a network shares the channel is called its carrier access method. it is not unheard of for these addresses to be duplicated even with these precautions having been taken. it assumes the data was not damaged in transmission and sends an acknowledgement to the sending computer. When the sending computer does not receive and acknowledgement. such as SDLC. It is responsible for connecting two computers on a network and maintaining that link. The CRC is simply a calculation that assigns a value to the frame. the data is sent out on the wire to all computers. The IEEE 802. In this way. then it discards the data. The MAC address is another name for the 12-digit (6 byte or 48 bits) hexadecimal address that is hardwired on the NIC by the manufacturer. TCP/IP is somewhat “self healing”. and Demand Priority. the Data Link layer is responsible for error-free transmissions. 59 . If the Data Link layer in the destination computer comes up with the same value when it receives the frame. It identifies a line protocol.2 standard defines how this takes place. In a broadcast network such as Ethernet. The LLC sub-layer provides SAPs (Service Access Points) that are used by other computers to transfer information to the upper OSI layers.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards In addition. If it is. The frame is accepted by the Physical layer of all of the computers on the network and passed up to the Data Link layer. The combination of these numbers assures that each NIC that is manufactured (by any vendor) will have a unique MAC address. it accepts the data and passes it up to the next layer. It is the Data Link layer that determines whether the message is for an individual computer or not. Token Passing. it will automatically resend the packet. Logical Link Control (LLC) The Logical Link Control (LLC) sub-layer of the Data Link layer is the upper of the two sub-layers. Media Access Control (MAC) The Media Access Control (MAC) sub-layer of the Data Link layer controls the way that multiple computers share the same media channel. If the calculation does not check out. It adds a trailer to the frame that includes the CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check). The Logical Link Control layer is concerned with managing traffic over the physical medium. The IEEE Committee thought that the Data Link layer needed to be further defined. The three main types of access methods are Contention (CSMA/CD & CSMA/CA). They accomplished this by splitting the Data Link layer into two sub-layers. the destination computer will not send an acknowledgement. The manufacturer is assigned blocks of numbers to assign to NIC cards. Although quite rare. The following is an example of a MAC address: Specialized Solutions. The first 3 bytes (6-digits) identify the manufacturer. MAC addresses are copied to RAM when a NIC is initialized. NetBIOS or NetWare and may also assign sequence numbers to frames and track acknowledgements. It uniquely identifies devices on the same medium.

. The physical characteristics of a network will affect the specifications of the Physical layer.ch/.iso. which are intelligent hubs that use MAC addresses to send packets. It is responsible for the mechanical and electrical functions of transmitting data over a network. Point-topoint communication is the process of one device communicating with one other device . all operate at the Physical layer of the OSI model. Multipoint communication is the process of one device communicating with multiple devices on a network. and what each one will do. hubs and transceivers. 60 Specialized Solutions. it is only concerned with the physical elements of the network and the transmission and reception of signals. For example. Switches. data work at the Data Link layer of the OSI model. Bridges operate at the Data Link layer.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 00-00-13-35-FD-AB The first 3 bytes (00-00-13) identify the manufacturer of the card. and determines when and how data may be transmitted. Inc. Bridges are devices that connect network segments and filter data using MAC addresses. It identifies the NIC. The last 3 bytes (35FD-AB) are the Device ID that is unique to the associated Vendor ID. Physical Layer The Physical layer is the bottom layer of the OSI model. It specifies such things as how many pins a network connector will have. The Physical layer is not concerned with the contents of the packets. Note: For more information on the OSI Model. The Physical layer of the receiving computer converts the bits back into frames. Point to point communication is often used between switches and routers on a network. Repeaters. Point-to-point and multipoint connections are addressed at the Physical layer. It is the only layer of the OSI model that communicates directly with its peer on another computer. an Ethernet network using UTP would have different specifications than an Ethernet network using Fiber Optic cable. visit www. It converts the data into the raw bits and signals (1’s and 0’s) that are actually transmitted over the network medium. synchronizes the data.

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The Physical layer does not add a header. and provides services to the layer directly above it. . the Application layer is not the actual application. When it arrives at the Application layer of the destination computer. The request is then passed to the Presentation layer where a header is added to the message. it simply converts the packet into a bit stream and sends it out onto the network medium. simply a support layer to allow applications to perform network functions. TCP/IP is a common example of a protocol stack. In this way even completely dissimilar systems running different operating systems will be able to communicate. over the network medium. You are communicating directly with the Application layer. These subtasks are stacked in such a way that together they complete a whole task. each layer reads and performs the tasks specified in its peer’s header before passing the packet up to the next layer. Headers contain instructions for tasks that need to be performed at that level. As the packet travels up through the layers. The affect of this layering is that communication is seemingly only taking place between the associated layers of the two computers. each layer is also responsible for adding or removing headers so that the data is ready to be interpreted by the next layer. This is called a protocol stack. The Presentation layer passes the modified packet down to the Session layer. Each protocol will communicate with its peer or equivalent on the other computer. This process continues until the packet reaches the Physical layer. which also adds a header and passes the packet down to the Transport layer. In order for computers to communicate with each other they need to be using the same protocol stacks. 62 Specialized Solutions. This is accomplished by each layer (with the exception of the top and bottom layers) adding a header to the message (or removing it on the receiving end) before passing it down (or up) to the next layer. In addition to reading the headers and performing the instructions. When the destination computer receives the data. Even though the data is passed down through the sending computer’s layers. Inc.) The request is in the form of a packet. the data is back in its original form so that it may be interpreted by you and the request is considered processed. Each protocol receives services from the layer directly below it. protocols can be layered so that specific protocols handle their appropriate subtasks at specific layers of the OSI model. (Remember. Communication Between Peer Layers Most network models utilize this layered architecture. in effect there is a logical or virtual connection made directly between the two associated layers. For example: You send a request for services to the server.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Protocol Stacks When more than one protocol is necessary to accomplish a task. and up through the receiving computer’s layers. the process of moving through the layers is reversed. or suite.

they are sometimes referred to by different names at different layers.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards Note: Packets (also called service data units) are made up of data and headers acquired from upper layers. Inc. Because of this. 63 . The term packet is appropriate to all of the layers. but the following table lists the other names that might be associated with them at the various layers: Physical Layer Data Link Layer Network Layer Transport Layer Session Layer Presentation Layer Application Layer Signals or Bits or Data Stream into Frames Frames into Packets Frames or Datagrams into Segments Segments into data Data Data Data into Data Files or Messages Specialized Solutions.

then to the Physical layer on the receiving computer and back up to the Application layer. Inc. you will need to know the seven layers of the OSI model. the OSI Model is not a protocol. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide OSI and the Real World When working with the OSI model. as in the case of the TCP/IP protocol. Flow of Data As part of the Network+ Certification program. Its purpose is to provide a graphical image of how network protocols work together to provide communication between two computers. some of the components or layers may actually do the work of several layers of the OSI Model. Also. This means that if you were to attempt to map a protocol or a standard directly to the OSI model. you must keep in mind that it was created after many popular protocols had already been developed. The various layers of the protocol are communicating as though they have virtual connections. This communication will take place as long as both computers are using the same protocols. we can better understand how they communicate across the layers. The following mnemonics are commonly used to help remember the layers: 64 Specialized Solutions. Data will travel from one computer to another on a network from the Application layer to the Physical layer on the sending computer. In fact. By relating various protocols to the OSI model. it would not match.

65 . These specifications make it possible for hardware and software manufacturers to create products that will function in different computing environments.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards Mnemonic Away Pizza Sausage Throw Not Do Please OSI Layer Application Presentation Session Transport Network Data Link Physical All People Seem To Need Data Processing Mnemonic No matter how you memorize the layers. Keep in mind that it isn’t actually the layer that performs the task. Without them we would not have as many software or hardware packages available to us. it is the appropriate hardware or software that does the work. etc. Specialized Solutions. Inc. The OSI model simply defines which functions need to be completed at each layer and which protocols are to be used at each layer. The specifications describe how components are supposed to function. you do need to remember the different layers and the tasks for which each layer is responsible. This is so that different types of computers with different types of hardware and software can communicate. because each product would have to be specialized towards each type of computer or operating system.

etc. As electrical signals travel across a network medium the signal weakens as a result of resistance from the cabling itself. These are the layers that have the most to do with hardware devices and other components that you can change. routers. Data Link layer and the Network layer. Inc. you will usually be working in the first three layers of the OSI model: The Physical layer. This weakening is known as attenuation.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Devices and the OSI Model As a networking professional. .25 IPX/SPX SNAP PPP PPTP XNS Protocols DECnet The following is a list of NON-ROUTABLE protocols: • • • NetBEUI DLC LAT 66 Specialized Solutions. The networking professional needs to be familiar with these devices. They rely on MAC addressing to forward messages to their destination. as well as where in the OSI model they operate. It regenerates or amplifies a signal across LANs. Repeaters. Bridges A bridge operates at the Data Link layer of the OSI model. are going to be used when they write a program. A repeater amplifies these signals so that they can travel further or across LANs. Routers are responsible for using logical addresses to move packets from one network to another and deliver them to a host. and gateways are the most common devices that are used to expand a network. Programmers usually deal with the upper layers and decide what protocols. Routers Routers operate at the Network layer of the OSI model. Bridges connect two separate networks to form one logical network. bridges. Most routers today support multiple protocols such as: TCP/IP SNA SLIP X. Repeaters A repeater operates at the Physical layer of the OSI model.

Router tables can be entered manually by a network administrator or they can be dynamically updated using routing protocols such as RIP and OSPF. 67 . It is a device that combines the functions of the bridge and router.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards Each router has its own table that defines all routes connected to it. the brouter will bridge the packet based on its MAC addressing. A computer with special software serves as a gateway and allows for communication between completely dissimilar networks. but usually in the Application layer). Inc. Brouters A brouter operates at both the Data Link and Network layers of the OSI model. Gateways Gateways operate in the upper layers of the OSI model (from the Transport to Application layers. Specialized Solutions. A gateway connects two computer networks that use different protocols or even different technologies. if a packet is received from a computer using a nonroutable protocol such as NetBEUI. A popular example is an SNA Gateway. If a routable packet is received the brouter will route it using a routing table (make intelligent decisions of how best to route the data). However. which can be used to connect an IBM mainframe computer to a Microsoft network. The gateway translates between the two networks so that they may communicate.

6 802. 100BaseVG AnyLAN If you would like more information on these standards.7 802.1 802.3 802.org There are also many other web sites that discuss these standards.9 802. 68 Specialized Solutions. This project is known as the 802 project (named for the year and month the project started.2 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802 Standards In 1980 the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. but the two sets of standards were designed to be compatible.8 802. visit IEEE’s web-site at http://www.5 802. (IEEE) formed a committee to create standards for LANs.standards.12 Defines Internetworking Logical Link Control (LLC) Carrier Sense with Multiple Access and Collision Detection (CSMA/CD) Token Bus LAN Token Ring LAN Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) Broadband Technical Advisory Group Fiber Optic Technical Advisory Group Integrated Voice/Data Networks Network Security Wireless Networks Demand Priority Access LAN.ieee. Inc. The following table lists the 802 standards by category: (The ones you need to know are the ones in bold!) Number 802.11 802. These standards were prepared before the OSI standards.4 802. a little surfing might be in order. and if you would like more information on them.10 802. February 1980). Inc. .

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the NIC also needs a device driver to function. but is designed for use with Novell NetWare and Macintosh environments. and it defines the interface between the Data Link layer NIC driver and the network transport protocol. This way more than one protocol stack can be bound to a single NIC. It defines a way to bind more than one protocol to a single driver. Inc. The driver allows communication between the operating system and the NIC. Protocols and OSI Protocols are the rules that govern communication between computers. Network 70 Specialized Solutions. NDIS and ODI are incompatible with one another. the network. This vendor-neutral interface provides a boundary between a protocol and the driver.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Drivers and the OSI Model Just like every other device in a computer. The protocols used to communicate in a network environment are called protocol suites or stacks. The NIC driver operates at the Media Access Control (MAC) sub-layer of the Data Link layer of the OSI model. NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) NDIS was co-developed by Microsoft and 3Com Corp. However. which allows any NDIS-compatible protocol stack to function with any NDIS-compatible driver. ODI (Open Data Link Interface) ODI was co-developed by Novell and Apple and serves the same purpose as NDIS. and hence. which will allow a NIC to support multiple protocols. . This is because of the way they work within the OSI layers (on top of one another). Two sets of standards have been developed to define the interfaces between the NIC and the driver. The purpose of these standards is to allow operating system vendors (such as Microsoft and Novell) to write multiple drivers for the same NIC.

the data is simply sent and assumed to be received. the operating system will attempt to communicate using TCP/IP first. Routable vs. Connectionless Communication between computers may be connection-oriented or connectionless. Non-Routable Protocols In the early days of networking. If that fails. In connection-oriented communication. Protocol Binding In order to function. In a connectionless communication. They also handle error checking and acknowledgments of transmitted data. the sending and receiving computers actually establish a connection to communicate. Transport layer protocols reside in the middle layers of the OSI model and are responsible for establishing sessions and ensuring that data is sent and received error free. Connectionless communication is faster. Network protocols work at various layers of the OSI model. 71 . a protocol must be bound to the NIC. It is the protocol operating at a certain OSI layer that defines that layer’s function. Application layer protocols provide support for application-to-application functions in the upper layers of the OSI Model. In a connectionless scenario. it will then attempt to communicate with the second protocol. Protocols that are able to route messages across these devices are called Routable. if TCP/IP is bound first. You speak directly to your friend who either agrees or disagrees to come. The receiving computer acknowledges that it received the data that was sent. Connection-Oriented vs. and in full. it is not uncommon for more than one LAN to be connected using a router. Specialized Solutions. This binding process is what links the protocol stacks to the NIC driver. but connection-oriented is more reliable. It is possible to bind two protocols to one NIC (such as TCP/IP and IPX/SPX) or to have two NICs with one protocol bound to each one. In today’s LANs however. Network protocols reside in the lower layers of the OSI model and handle the addressing and routing functions of network communication. it would be like calling your friend and simply leaving a message on his answering machine. Protocols that are unable to send messages across routers are called Non-Routable. This form of communication protocol guarantees the delivery of data. For example. There is no guarantee that the message was delivered.) The order in which these protocols are bound to the NIC determines which one the network operating system will attempt to use first.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards protocols are responsible for addressing and routing communication over a network. Inc. The network layer protocols also are responsible for error checking (CRC) functions. Connection-oriented would be like dialing up your friend to ask them to come to a party. You have no confirmation (unless he calls you back) that he received the message. LANs were usually just one network that served a single company or department. (This is useful if your network communicates with another entirely dissimilar network.

It is important that the networking professional know the difference between routable and non-routable protocols and which protocols are routable. . you should be familiar with these protocol stacks and you should know the OSI layer in which their components function. Networking Protocols and Stacks The following are common routable networking protocol stacks. Inc. As a networking professional. 72 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide The following is a list (in alphabetical order) of some routable protocols: • • • • • • • • • • • • AppleTalk DECnet IPX/ SPX PPP PPTP SLIP SMB SNA TCP/IP UDP X.25 XNS Protocols The following is a list of NON-ROUTABLE protocols: • • • DLC LAT NetBEUI Non-routable protocols cannot be used in routed environments (such as the Internet).

It is a routable protocol. AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFP) – Manages file sharing at the Application layer AppleTalk Transaction Protocol (ATP) – Provides connection between two computers at the Transport layer. It resides in the Network layer. At the Presentation Specialized Solutions. It has been modified over the years and now contains the following components: • IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange) – Works on the Network layer of the OSI model and provides connectionless service. regardless of speed. Inc. It is a routable protocol that can also use TCP/IP and OSI protocols.) SPX (Sequenced Packet Exchange) – Is a Transport layer protocol and is a connection-oriented protocol. this protocol takes into consideration link speed and network traffic to make more efficient routing decisions than RIP. It resides in the Network layer. DECnet This is Digital Equipment Corporation’s protocol stack. IPX/ SPX This protocol is the proprietary protocol that was developed by Novell for Netware servers and clients. At the Application layer it handles application interfaces. In addition to hop count. RIP (Routing Information Protocol) – This is a simple routing protocol that counts the hops needed to reach a destination. LSL (Link Support Layer) – Also resides at the Data Link layer and provides the interface between the MLID and the upper layers. This stack consists of: • • • • AppleShare – Provides Application layer services for Macintosh.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards AppleTalk This proprietary protocol stack allows Macintosh systems to operate in a network environment. It chooses the route with the fewest hops. This is the NIC driver in the IPX/SPX suite. It uses the MAC address and is non-routable. NLSP (NetWare Link Services Protocol) – This Network layer protocol is also a routing protocol. NCP (NetWare Control Protocol) – This control protocol resides at four different layers of the OSI model. MLID (Multiple Link Interface Driver) – Resides in the Data Link layer in the MAC sub-layer. (If data must cross a router SPX is used. and handles file and print services. Datagram Delivery Protocol (DDP) – Provides transmission of packets across a network. 73 • • • • • • .

74 Specialized Solutions. TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) The TCP/IP suite contains two major protocols. It is faster than TCP because it is connectionless. TCP functions at the Transport layer of the OSI model and is a connection-oriented protocol. APPC supports Transport and Session layer services. It is used to upload and download files on the Internet and between two computers. It operates at the Network layer of the OSI model and is responsible for addressing packets and routing them over the network. At the Session layer it establishes and controls sessions. A datagram is a kind of packet that has minimum overhead. We will cover TCP/IP extensively in Chapters 8 & 9. SNA (Systems Network Architecture) This protocol suite is used with IBM mainframes and AS/400 systems. TCP and IP. • SAP (Service Access Protocol) – This Application layer protocol is used on servers to broadcast (at specified intervals) the location and services that are available from that server. It is also layered on IP like TCP. At the Transport layer it handles sequencing. It also contains several others that the networking professional needs to be familiar with. SMB (Server Message Block) This Microsoft protocol operates at the Presentation layer and is used for communication between the server and the redirector. IP (Internet Protocol) IP is a connectionless protocol. It is routable and provides support for NetBIOS names. so the application must do the error checking and retransmission if necessary. Novell Netware 5. . No error checking exists and delivery is not guaranteed. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) This protocol is used for file sharing between computers on a TCP/IP network. The two main protocols in this stack are APPC (Advanced Peer-to-Peer Communications) and APPN (Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking).Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide layer it handles data translation. UDP (User Datagram Protocol) UDP provides the datagram service in TCP/IP. flow control.1 and later installs TCP/IP by default. Inc. NWLink – This Transport layer protocol is Microsoft’s version of IPX/SPX. TCP is responsible for adding header information that contains error checking and flow control information. and connection-oriented error control services. while APPN provides Network and Transport layer connections. • Many companies use Netware with the TCP/IP protocol stack. FTP is an Application layer protocol and is available for nearly every operating system. Missing packets and out-of-sequence data is not checked and no acknowledgements are sent.

instead of only the number of hops. 75 . RIP (Routing Information Protocol) RIP (Routing Information Protocol) – This is a simple routing protocol that counts the hops that will be needed to reach a destination. It chooses the route with the fewest hops. The computer that has the corresponding IP address will respond to the broadcast by sending its MAC address. NFS (Network File System) Sun Microsystems developed NFS as a file and drive sharing system. It resides in the Network layer. Telnet This Application layer protocol allows a user to log on and run applications remotely. RARP (Reverse Address Resolution Protocol) is a related protocol that performs the same function. Telnet can also be used for remote configuration of servers and network devices such as routers and switches. It is designed to be reliable and allows for scalability. it also takes into consideration the network speed and traffic and makes routing decisions based on the best route. without regard to speed. OSPF counts the number of hops to the destination computer. this is also a Network layer protocol. it will broadcast on the local subnet to determine the MAC address of the computer with the associated IP address. It operates like a combination of Telnet and FTP and allows users to access files and drives on remote computers as if they were local resources. ARP keeps a table of corresponding IP and MAC addresses that have been resolved in the previous 10 minutes. ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) ARP is responsible for resolving IP addresses to MAC addresses. ARP will first check its table and if a matching address is not found. It uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to synchronize computer clock times to a millisecond. It is an Application layer protocol. then TFTP would be advisable over FTP. SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) SMTP is an Application layer protocol that is responsible for sending E-mail from the sender’s server to the recipient’s E-mail server. If you do not need to use passwords.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) is used for transferring files quickly and more simply than the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). ARP will add the information to its table for future use. The local computer acts as a display only and all processing occurs remotely. but in reverse. making it connectionless. Inc. but in addition. NTP (Network Time Protocol) Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used in a networked environment to synchronize computer clock times. Specialized Solutions. OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) Like RIP. It is less capable than FTP because it uses UDP rather than TCP.

it is out of the administrator’s control.25 X. It is bulky and slow and has largely been replaced by TCP/IP. This means that they may not be used with networks that use routers to connect multiple LANs. It uses standard telephone lines and switches. This is not an actual protocol and is not used to perform networking functions. Data is routed via the best connection at a given time. The DTE acts as an endpoint for communications and the DCE acts as an entry point for the DTEs. Instead.25 is also an equipment specification. which is the main reason that it is non-routable.25 network is sometimes referred to as a cloud. packets are re-examined to determine whether they are damaged. Non-Routable Protocols The following protocols are non-routable. Packets from the same transmission are routed via the best route (and don’t necessarily follow the same route) and are reassembled at the receiving end. This also means that they may not be used to connect to the Internet.25 a very slow but very reliable protocol. Because of this. DLC (Data Link Control) DLC operates at the Data Link layer of the OSI model. This is an older packet switching network that uses switches and circuits. This is the host on an X. LAT (Local Area Transport) LAT does not have a Network layer. . X. which can be unreliable due to the quality of phone lines. It was originally used to connect IBM mainframes to HP network printers. At each stop. only printing functions. but in between. asynchronous terminal traffic over a LAN. The second part of the specification is the DCE (Data Communications Equipment). 76 Specialized Solutions. Data goes in and comes out. It is typically used between a DECserver and a VAX minicomputer. the X.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide X. This means that routes change as conditions change. X. XNS (Xerox Network System) XNS is a proprietary protocol developed by Xerox for their Ethernet LANs. This protocol is not used for data communication. making X.25 network. In addition. it is installed only on the print server and communicates directly with the printer. It is a DEC protocol used for interactive.25 functions take place at the Physical and Network layers and normally interface with a protocol called LAPB (Link Access Procedures-Balanced). Inc. This is really a type of network that is owned by telephone companies who charge organizations for use. The first specification refers to the DTE (Data Terminal Equipment).25 is a packet switching protocol that is sometimes referred to as a public data network (PDN) because it is sometimes used by more than one organization.

but is primarily used today for backward compatibility with existing networks. which is an advantage if using older MS-DOS-based systems. It may be used with bridges. Inc. It is fast. 77 . easy to configure and small. Specialized Solutions.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards NetBEUI (NetBIOS Extended User Interface) This non-routable protocol works at the Transport layer of the OSI model.

It does not support IPX. it detects congested areas and links that are down. or DHCP. PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) This protocol was developed to replace the SLIP protocol and alleviate some of its limitations. NetBEUI. file transfers. but it can also be modified manually by the network administrator. Users can establish secure encrypted access to their corporate networks via Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that PPTP establishes. and other protocols as well as TCP/IP. enabling it to use the Internet as a backbone for NWLink and NetBEUI. It handles session establishment. Like a traffic report on your radio. and notifies upper layers to route around them. administration. SLIP is not used as much as PPP. SNMP is used extensively with intelligent hubs. RPC is used by the redirector to 78 Specialized Solutions. It maintains a database and provides hostname to IP address resolution. DNS (Domain Name System) DNS translates names that humans understand into names that the computer understands. RPC (Remote Procedure Call) RPC operates at the Session layer of the OSI model. It operates at the Network layer of the OSI model and performs connection services and flow control services. and connection release. SLIP requires static IP addressing and doesn’t support data encryption. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) Devices using TCP/IP use SNMP for controlling network communications. It also supports data encryption. NWLink and NetBEUI. This management protocol interfaces with network analyzer software making it easier to manage complex networks.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Other Protocols The following are other protocols with which you should be familiar: SLIP (Serial Line Internet Protocol) SLIP supports TCP/IP connections made over serial lines. ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) ICMP is used in error-handling and control procedures. DHCP. It provides machineindependent data translations that may include encryption and data descriptions. . PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) This is an extension to the PPP protocol. PPTP encapsulates TCP/IP. PPP supports IPX. NetBEUI. This database is typically dynamic in today’s modern networks. XDR (External Data Representation) XDR handles translation and operates at the Presentation layer. The main improvement is that it allows clients to connect remotely over the Internet. ISO/OSI Standard This is a complete standard with each layer having a protocol (or protocols) mapped directly to it. It provides full networking functions at every layer of the OSI model. Inc.

Note: TCP/IP is such an important protocol that we will be covering it in depth later in the text. Inc.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards determine if a resource is local or on the network. 79 . Specialized Solutions. It makes the remote resources appear local to the computer.

The OSI model is an invaluable tool to the networking professional. but also help you to narrow down problems when troubleshooting a network. . For example.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Summary In this chapter. It is important to note that memorizing the OSI model will not only help you pass the test. Inc. if you can get to the server through a router. We also learned what type of devices function at various levels of the OSI model and how these devices interact with each other. we learned about the OSI model and its importance in networking. 80 Specialized Solutions. you know that networking is taking place and that you have functionality up to layer three.

Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords.x Standards Application Layer Bridge Brouter Data Link Layer Gateway LLC (Logical Link Control) MAC (Media Access Control) Network Layer Non-Routable Protocol OSI Physical Layer Presentation Layer Protocol Stack Repeater Routable Protocol Router Session Layer Transport Layer Definition Specialized Solutions. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book. 81 . Keyword 802. Inc.

A router operates at the _________layer of the OSI model. Data compression takes place at the __________ layer of the OSI. Which OSI layer is responsible for establishing. . 6. 5.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions – Chapter 3 1. The ____________ layer is responsible for the mechanical and electrical functions of transmitting data over a network. A network adapter card operates at the _____ layer of the OSI Model. What is the function of the Application Layer? 9. 7. What is the function of the Presentation Layer? 11. Name the seven layers of the OSI model. Inc. A bridge operates at the ________ layer of the OSI model. Which OSI layer is responsible for the MAC address? 8. What is a MAC address? 13. 10. Who developed the OSI model? 2. 3. managing. and ending connections? 12. Which part of this MAC address is the Device ID? 00-01-A5-D3-B4-01 82 Specialized Solutions. 4.

Which OSI layer makes routing decisions? 15. Which OSI layer is responsible for delivering data in sequence. The Data Link layer has been split into two sub-layers. connection-oriented communication or connectionless communication? 22.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards 14. What are NDIS and ODI? 20. Name as many routable protocols as you can remember. 83 . Which is faster. 23. without duplication and error free? 16. Inc. Will this work? Why or Why not? Specialized Solutions. What is the function of a Gateway? 18. What are they? 17. Describe protocol binding. 21. Which IEEE standard defines the Logical Link Control (LLC) sub-layer? 19. You have expanded your NetBEUI network into two segments and are using an intelligent router to optimize network traffic.

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network adapter cards. a braided metallic shield called the ground as well as an outer cover. Thinnet Thinnet is about ¼-inch thick and is flexible and easy to install. There are numerous kinds of cable. Thicknet Thicknet is about ½-inch thick and fairly rigid. it is less susceptible to EMI than UTP. It can transmit voice. Xerox).Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals Chapter 4 . and data over longer distances that UTP or STP. How to properly configure and use network adapter cards. and the hardware aspect of network operations. It uses a device called a transceiver to connect the Thicknet cable to the NIC via a drop cable. Understanding how different network topologies interact with different types of cable is essential. It has a maximum segment length of 185 meters (about 606 feet) and a transmission speed of 10 Mbps. but fortunately for the networking professional there are only three major types that you need to understand. or DIX (Digital. which is more commonly known as a DB-15 connector. Its copper core is thicker than Thinnet and can carry signals farther (maximum segment length is 500 meters or about 1650 feet). The effect of hardware on network performance will be key to your networking operation. but may still be used in some temporary installations such as a construction trailer (although wireless would be a much more likely alternative). It uses a BNC (British Naval Connector) “T” connector to connect directly to the NIC. Intel. (and we’ll cover them later in this chapter). video.Hardware Media and Peripherals This chapter explores network media. Because it is shielded. 10Base2 (Thinnet) and 10Base5 (Thicknet) in a Bus topology. Inc. most networks utilize some type of cable to carry transmissions on the network. Specialized Solutions. The drop cable is connected to the NIC’s AUI (Attachment Unit Interface) port connector. It is not often used in today’s networks. Network Cabling Although wireless networks do exist. Coaxial cable is used in Ethernet Networks. There are several cabling options. It also has a transmission speed of 10 Mbps. 85 . which we will address here. and other hardware and peripherals. and how wireless networks function are among the topics we will cover in this chapter. along with connectors. Coaxial Cable Coaxial cable consists of a copper core (either solid or stranded) surrounded by plastic foam insulation.

Summary of Coaxial Cables Not all coaxial cables are the same. It is attached directly to the NIC but allows network signal to flow straight through it as well as to the NIC. . As a networking professional you will need to be familiar with the different types and their uses. it has been replaced by twisted-pair cable and fiber optic cable. Uses 10Base5 Thicknet 10Base5 Thicknet 10Base2 Thinnet Cable TV ARCnet Type RG-8 RG-11 RG-58 RG-59 RG-62 Impedance – Ohms 50 50 50 75 93 Coaxial Connectors British Naval Connectors (BNC) are used in both Thinnet and Thicknet networks to connect the cable to the computers.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Because it is thicker than Thinnet. 86 Specialized Solutions. Inc. In order for the network to operate at peak performance. It is expressed in ohms. all electronic components must operate at the same impedance. Impedance is a unit of measurement for resistance to AC voltages. Using the wrong cable will cause poor performance and/or failure of the network. Thicknet was used as a backbone to connect several Thinnet networks. BNC Cable Connectors BNC T Connector The BNC T connector is used to connect the network interface card to the cable. In today’s networks. In the past. it is not as easy to install. as well as how they are attached to the cables. They are specified based on their impedance.

BNC Terminator Both ends of the cable must be terminated to absorb signals and eliminate signal bounce. Both ends of the cable need to be terminated with one end grounded. It is common to connect a Thinnet LAN to a Thicknet backbone using a transceiver. and an AUI cable. It is soldered or crimped onto the cable to make the connection. Specialized Solutions. BNC Connectors N Connectors Thicknet uses N connectors that screw on. N Connector Transceivers The computers in a Thicknet network do not connect directly to the cable as with Thinnet.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals BNC Barrel Connector The BNC barrel connector is used to connect two lengths of Thinnet cable together. One of the terminators must be grounded. The BNC terminator is a connector that has a resistor built in that performs this function. and is used to connect the device to the network. A transceiver is a device that transmits and receives signals on a network medium. Thicknet uses a device called a transceiver. 87 . Inc. The transceiver has a port for an AUI connector (AUI port connectors are also called DIX connectors or DB-15 connectors). This cable is called a drop cable or a transceiver cable.

this was time-consuming and it absorbed signal so it was not the common approach. There are four pair strands in most twisted-pair cables. most networking professionals used a clamp-on transceiver. It is flexible and easy to install and is the least expensive of all the cable types. The twist helps 88 Specialized Solutions. This cable type consists of insulated pair strands of copper wire that are twisted around one another.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Transceiver Vampire Taps Although transceivers can be connected by cutting a cable and splicing N connectors and T connectors on the transceiver. These clamp-on transceivers were often referred to as vampire taps because they utilized sharp teeth that punctured the cable to make the connection. Instead. Vampire Tap Twisted-Pair Cable Twisted-pair cable has become the most popular type of cable used in networks today. This types of connections have been largely replaced by newer cable methods such as twisted-pair and fiber optic cable. Inc. .

UTP wire typically consists of eight wires or four pairs. Twisted Pair Cabling Specialized Solutions. There are two types of twisted-pair cables: Unshielded Twisted-Pair (UTP) and Shielded Twisted-Pair (STP). Category 3 cabling has a transmission speed of 10 Mbps. The telephone wire we have all seen in our homes is an example of twisted-pair cabling. UTP Unshielded Twisted-Pair (UTP) cabling is the less expensive of the twisted-pair cable types and hence the most popular. there are six categories. Category 5 UTP has a transmission speed of up to 100 Mbps. It has a maximum segment length of 100 meters. The following is a summary of UTP cables. Inc. it is more sensitive to EMI. the faster the signal can be sent through the wires without crosstalk. Category 1 2 3 4 5 5e 6 Maximum Data Rate Less than 1 Mbps 4 Mbps 16 Mbps 20 Mbps 100 Mbps 1000 Mbps 1000 Mbps Uses Doorbell Wiring Token Ring and Voice 10BaseT and Token Ring Token Ring ATM and Gigabit Ethernet ATM and Gigabit Ethernet Extremely fast broadband STP Shielded Twisted-Pair (STP) cabling is insulated with a foil mesh between the wire pairs. Since it is unshielded. The quality of UTP is based on the number of twists per meter in each pair of wires.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals prevent crosstalk and sensitivity to EMI. Currently. 89 . The tighter the twist. This results in less sensitivity to EMI.

An RJ-45 connector looks just like a common telephone jack (RJ-11) only larger. Wall plates are typically used to make the connection to the computers themselves. Inc. The RJ-45 jack’s position can therefore be changed from patch panel to patch panel to use a different set of cables for the same connection. They come in various sizes up to 96 ports and support transmission speeds of up to 10 Gbps . This gives the network administrator a greater degree of flexibility and provides fault tolerance for the network cabling system. . Distribution Panels Distribution racks and shelves are sometimes used to create more room for cables when floor space is at a premium. This is an excellent way to organize network cables.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Twisted-Pair Connectors UTP and STP are usually connected with RJ-45 connectors. Wall Plates for RJ-45 90 Specialized Solutions. These patch panels act like a switchboard where cables are connected and organized. The front of the patch panel contains RJ-45 ports (a port is a female counterpart for the RJ-45 jack). An RJ-11 jack has four connection points where an RJ-45 jack has eight. Expandable patch panels (sometimes called punch down blocks) are also used with UTP installations. RJ-45 Connector AppleTalk AppleTalk networks utilizing STP cabling uses a DIN-type (DB-9) connector. The pin location is a color-coded slot into which the wire is punched down using a special tool punch down tool to make the proper connection by stripping the insulation from the wire without breaking the wire. The wire is assembled in the back of the patch panel in what is called the pin location.

it is therefore not as common as UTP. SC Connector (for Fiber Optic Cable) ST Connector (for Fiber Optic Cable) Because data is transmitted as light and not as electrical impulses. The following is a summary of IBM Types: Specialized Solutions. Fiber-optic cable consists of a glass core surrounded by a coating of cladding (layer of glass or plastic). 91 . the data cannot be tapped or stolen. which is easier to install. fiber-optic is used in networks that need a secure media that transmits at high speeds over long distances.) Because data only passes in one direction over fiber-optic cable. IBM cabling is based on its Type. It supports extremely high bandwidths and is not subject to EMI. One strand transmits and one receives. IBM Cabling IBM has its own special cabling for use on their Token Ring networks. Because of this feature. However. but plastic core fiber-optic cannot carry the signals as far as glass. Signals are sent along the cable as pulses of light.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals Fiber-Optic Cable Fiber-optic cable is the ideal cabling for networking. It also supports much longer segment lengths (several miles). Inc. This cladding reflects the signal back into the fiber.. (The core can also be made up of plastic. which reduces signal loss. They do not conform to the same specification as used with standard UTP. it consists of two separate strands enclosed in a plastic jacket for strength. . as it is the most expensive and most difficult to install of all the cabling types.

Six twisted pairs. Cannot be used for 16 Mbps Token Ring. An IBM connector is sometimes called a hermaphrodite.5/125-micron multimode fibers. Inc. These are very rarely used in today’s modern networks. two STP and four UTP – maximum length 100 meters (328 feet). IBM Connector 92 Specialized Solutions. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Type 1 Wire Specs Two STP solid core 22 AWG wires – maximum length 101 meters (331 feet). Lower cost alternative to type 1 or 2. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Fiber Optic Data patch cables. IBM has developed its own cabling complete with its own standards and specifications. Plenum grade. The connector that they developed is unique in that any connector can connect to another as opposed to having “male” and “female” connectors as with other types of connectors. Contains a shield for use under carpets. Same as type 1 but adds voice capability along with data. Not Defined Two 62. Four UTP with two twists per inch – 22 or 24 AWG wire – maximum cable length is 45 meters (148 feet). Two STP – 26 AWG Wire Not Defined Two STP – 26 AWG Wire Two STP –26 AWG Wire Uses Connect between terminals and distribution boxes or between different wiring closets.

93 . Specialized Solutions.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals Summary of Cabling The following table summarizes the specifications for network media: Media Bandwidth (Mbps) Nodes/ Segment 1 Varies 100 30 1 NA Maximum Nodes per Network 1024 260 300 90 1024 Varies Maximum Cable Length (meters) 100 100 500 185 2000 32 UTP STP Coaxial Thicknet Coaxial Thinnet Fiber Optic Infrared 4-100 16-155 10 10 2000 1-10 Note: We will discuss Infrared later in this chapter. Inc.

• Plenum Grade Cabling A plenum is the space between the ceiling and the floor above. the telephone utilizes full-duplex transmissions.Baseband vs. a pager can receive a message. Bandwidth is measured in megabits per seconds (Mbps) or gigabits per second (Gbps). This space is used to circulate air through a building. Broadband allows two or more channels to share the bandwidth of the cable or medium. Half-Duplex can send transmissions both ways. Inc. For example. Bandwidth Bandwidth is a term used to measure the ability of a network medium to transmit data. • Simplex vs. Typical STP and UTP wires are 24-gauge. For example. Because this space does circulate air through a building. Broadband There are two techniques that are used to transmit signals over cable: • Baseband uses the entire capacity of the cable as a single channel. Coaxial cable comes in two grades: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Plenum. (send and receive) but only one at a time. these fumes would circulate throughout a building in the event of a fire. but cannot send a message. fire codes are very specific about what types of cabling can be run in this space. It is used with analog and utilizes TDM (Frequency Division Multiplexing). PVC grade cable is less expensive than Plenum grade cable but it gives off poisonous smoke and gas when burned. Both you and the party you are talking to can talk and listen at the same time. The signal flow is bidirectional. An example would be a CB radio transmission where only one person can talk at a time. Duplex • • Simplex refers to one-way communication only. . The signal flow is uni-directional. 10-gauge wire is heavier than 14-gauge wire. It is used with digital and utilizes TDM (Time Division Multiplexing). PVC is used for the outer cover and the insulation in Polyvinyl Chloride grade cabling. the wire thickness increases. As the AWG wire number decreases.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Cabling Terms The following are terms that you will encounter when working with network cabling: AWG (American Wire Gauge) AWG is the standard that describes wire thickness. 94 Specialized Solutions. For example. Full-Duplex allows for two-way simultaneous transmissions. If this type of cable were used in the plenum.

such as: • • • • • Budget Network Traffic Security Needs Size/Distance Environment The installation parameters need to be considered as well.) Will plenum grade cable need to be purchased? (If installing cabling in the plenum. the flexibility of the medium should be considered. There are many factors that you must consider if you are to meet your networking objectives.) Specialized Solutions. Plenum Grade Cables Selecting Cables As a networking professional you will need to determine which kind of cabling medium to use for a given network. Inc. A networking professional must be aware of local fire codes regarding plenum cabling. local fire codes will need to be addressed.) Will the cable be installed in “noisy” areas where EMI will be a factor? (If installing the cable near equipment or fluorescent lighting. how will the cable need to be installed? (If there are tight corners. 95 . For example. shielded cable or fiber optic cable might be more appropriate. Plenum grade cable is insulated and jacketed in special materials that give off a minimum amount of smoke and fumes. It is therefore specifically designed to be used in these circulation areas.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals In contrast.

) If security is an issue on the network and the data to be transmitted needs to be secure. cost are issues that will need to be addressed when planning your network.) Transmission speeds and. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide How long will the cable runs need to be? (If the network will be small. Inc. Is future growth of the network expected? (Expandability for future growth is easier to achieve if it is planned for in advance. last but not least. Building a low-cost network that doesn’t do the job won’t win you any brownie points in the long run! 96 Specialized Solutions. there is no need to use heavy duty cabling when another type would be more cost-effective. attenuation could have an affect on network performance if you use cabling on a large network where long cable runs are a factor. fiber-optic cabling might be appropriate to avoid any tapping. On the other hand.

Data traveling via a computer’s bus is traveling in parallel because the bits are traveling along side-by-side. you need to have a basic understanding of signals and clocking. It makes the physical connection to the network. Older computers had 8-bit buses which meant that data could be sent 8-bits at a time. which constantly vary in one or more values. Signals are sent in a continuous flow that represents the start and stop of a data frame. This is known as parallel communication. This is how the NIC keeps track of how much data has been sent or received. 97 . Signals and Clocking In order to understand how a NIC works. Analog data has an infinite number of possible states. Because these paths are side-by-side. Network cabling moves data in a single data stream. Clocking Clocking is the method used by the NIC to count and pace the number of signals that it sends and receives. The NIC takes data coming from the computer in parallel form and converts it into serial data so that it can be sent along the network cable. (And of course to translate it back again. most buses are 16-bit or 32-bit. The purpose of this card is to translate the data that the computer can understand into signals that can be transmitted over the network medium. handles network addressing. are also known as Network Adapter Cards. and controls the flow of data on the network. data is moved along in groups.) This card is installed into an expansion slot on every computer on the network and the cable is connected to the card’s port. or 0’s (off). Preparing the Data Computers carry data internally via data pathways called buses. Today. Inc. Digital: Signals that are simple 1’s (on).Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals Network Interface Cards (NICs) Network Interface Cards or NICs. Signals There are two types of signals: Analog: Signals or waveforms that frequently take the form of sine waves. This is known as serial communication. We’ll discuss the different data bus architectures a little later. Specialized Solutions. NICs are used to connect the computer to the network.

If one card is faster or more sophisticated than another card. DMA allows the NIC to access the computer directly without having to go through the CPU. The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) committee assigns blocks of these unique numbers to each manufacturer. Plug-and-Play cards configure themselves to be compatible with the 98 Specialized Solutions. The amount of data that will be sent before a confirmation. Inc. Data often moves faster than a NIC can process it. Before transmission actually takes place the NICs agree on the following points: • • • • • • The maximum size of the groups of data to be sent. they agree on common parameters so that the data is sent at a speed that can be handled by the slowest card. This communication takes place so that both the sending and receiving cards can agree on data flow and confirmation parameters. the NIC may need to be configured. Controlling the Data Flow Before transmitting. Each NIC has a unique address that is hardwired onto it by the manufacturer. The NIC signals the computer to send the data that it wants to transmit and the computer’s bus moves the data from memory to the NIC. the two cards start sending and receiving data. The amount of time between confirmations. Once all of these parameters are agreed upon. How much data each card can hold before overflow occurs. The time intervals between data chunks. . When this occurs. This informs the other computers on the network of its location. a NIC will send data over the network to the receiving card. This makes transferring data much faster. DMA (Direct Memory Channel) The NIC must be able to communicate with the computer in order to prepare data for transmission on a network medium. The speed of the transmission.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Addressing/MAC Address The NIC is also responsible for encoding the signals it sends out on the network medium with its unique MAC address. Most computers utilize Direct Memory Access (DMA) and the computer assigns some of its memory space for use by the NIC. the data is sent to the card’s RAM (buffer) until it can be processed. Configurable Options In order for the computer to communicate with the NIC.

Some NICs have settings that allow you to specify the size of the buffer. This buffer area is used to store incoming and outgoing data frames. and some are set using software. See Appendix A for common IRQ assignments. while others do not use RAM addresses at all. Typically IRQ5 is used for the network adapter card. In practice. 99 . certain IRQs are almost always used for specific devices. Base I/O Port Address This is the channel through which data flows between a computer’s hardware (like a NIC) and the CPU. DMA channels are used by devices that frequently need access to large amounts of memory. Some of these settings are configured by using DIP switches or jumper settings. Other cards will need to be configured manually. in this case the NIC. These IRQ lines are part of the system hardware and each device needs its own line. The main concept to understand is that the NIC is set up to use an IRQ that is not already assigned to another device. such as: IRQ (Interrupt Request) The Interrupt Request (IRQ) line is used by the NIC (and other devices) to contact the CPU. The device is constantly listening to this channel for commands from the processor. Check your system’s documentation for assignment and availability of base I/O port addresses. The good news is that unlike an IRQ. Check your system’s documentation to determine its current IRQ settings.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals operating system so that they may utilize the system’s resources. DMA Channel Configuration of Direct Memory Access (DMA) channels is similar to IRQs. Specialized Solutions. These hexadecimal port numbers define a channel between a device and the processor. With a DMA channel. The most important thing to remember about IRQs is that typically no two devices can use the same interrupt. Base Memory Address The base memory address marks the location in a computer’s RAM of the beginning of the buffer area that is reserved for use by a device. Inc. This is sometimes referred to as the RAM start address. IRQ3 and IRQ15 may also be used if IRQ5 is already assigned. Each device must have a unique base I/O port number. Only devices like NIC cards that need this type of memory access are assigned DMA channels. The main difference is that there are only eight DMA channels available. these devices can access the memory that they need without interrupting the processor. See Appendix A for common address assignments. not all devices need one. The operating system and the NIC need to have compatible resource settings. Having an IRQ conflict (more than one device sharing an IRQ) can cause problems.

they are usually only used in special cases where high-speed direct computer to fiber-optic cable connections are required. Inc. Special software is usually needed to connect a wireless NIC. They usually use a type of antenna (omnidirectional) and an antenna cable. . Fiber-Optic NICs Due to the high-cost of fiber-optic adapter cards. Wireless LANs are discussed later in this chapter. or you may have to configure it manually. or both). 100 Specialized Solutions. The two speeds available are 4 Mbps or 16 Mbps. Connector Type Your NIC may automatically adjust to use the kind of connector that you are using (BNC. If the correct ring speed is not set a computer will not be able to connect to the network and may even cause the network to fail. RJ-45. Wireless NICs Wireless NICs are used to connect wireless network systems to the computer.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Ring Speed In Token-Ring networks the ring speed must be set on the NIC.

With this card comes the same expandability enjoyed by desktop PCs. They are generally 32-bit buses.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals Data Bus Architecture A data bus is a group of parallel conductors (circuit traces) found on the motherboard that is used by the CPU to send and receive data from all the devices in the computer. Specialized Solutions. Inc. 101 . The Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) is a 32-bit bus. Standard Bus Types There are six data bus architectures found in Intel-based computers: The Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) is an 16-bit bus. They are also called PC-Card Buses. Today most buses are either EISA or PCI. Micro Channel is a data bus developed by IBM that requires licensing to be used by manufacturers and isn’t used much. The Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA) is a 32-bit bus. but can be a 64-bit bus. including network connectivity. Laptops PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) are credit card sized expansion buses that are used in portable computers. Micro Channel (MCA) is a 32 bit bus.

it is important that it is configured correctly and optimally. Inc. 102 Specialized Solutions. This is a method by which the NIC takes temporary control over a computer’s bus. thereby bypassing the CPU.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Performance Because of the effect that the NIC can have on network performance. RAM Buffering holds data in RAM chips that are located on the NIC until it can be processed. Some NICs have onboard microprocessors that eliminate the need of the computer’s CPU to process data. Network traffic travels faster than most NICs can process data. Shared Adapter Memory is a method by which a NIC contains RAM that it shares with the computer as if it were actually installed in the computer. but investing in one can increase network performance by 20 to 70 percent. Both EISA and MCA NICs offer Bus Mastering. This type of card is expensive. Shared System Memory is a method by which the NIC utilizes a portion of the computer’s memory to process data. thereby improving network performance. Most cards offer features that are designed to improve network performance: Utilizing Direct Memory Access (DMA) improves network performance by allowing the computer to move data directly to the NIC’s buffer without going through the CPU. the NIC would be a bottleneck. The data would then move directly to system memory leaving the CPU free to process other tasks. Without this feature. .

For example. With some applications it is crucial that the network never goes down.Cellular and satellite technologies are increasing the popularity of wireless networking. a user can access the network from anywhere in the building.e. making them ideal for uses that require frequent moving. Wireless networks use wireless access points (WAPs) to “connect” the network devices to each other. Wireless networks can be classified into three basic categories: • • Local Area Networks (LANs) – There are fully wireless systems. Wireless is also an option for areas where installing cabling would be impossible or unsightly. 103 . – hubs). Inc. the office. They function just like other access points (i. This would include historical buildings where local codes would not allow renovations. a company needs to connect two networks located in two nearby buildings. A wireless system can help ensure that the network will still function even in the event of cable breaks. Mobility is another reason wireless networks are created. Extended Local Area Networks . People who are constantly on the move are able to access their networks whether they are at home. Doctors make rounds all over the hospital and are often not at their desks when they need to access their computers. but through the use of an infrared or radio medium. With wireless systems.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals Wireless Networks The term wireless network implies that it is a network that doesn’t use any cabling. Sometimes wireless systems are used to connect to remote locations such as ocean dwelling oil platforms. or on the road. Wireless networks are more portable than cabled systems. Mobile Computing . or open reception areas where the cables would be visible. This is misleading as most wireless networks utilize a system that consists of both cabling and wireless components. but usually the wireless components are members of a wire-based LAN.Wireless networks are frequently used to connect two LANs. Outdoor installations often utilize wireless systems. They are also useful to create a backup system for an existing network. • Why Wireless? Wireless networks are useful if you need to provide a temporary network where running cabling would not be cost effective. Specialized Solutions.

Infrared transmits very fast because of its high bandwidths. Inc. Infrared networks typically broadcast at about 10 Mbps. Infrared Networks There are four types of infrared networks: • • • • 104 Reflective Infrared Line-of-Sight Infrared Scatter Infrared Broadband Optical Telepoint Specialized Solutions. The effective distance between a transmitter and a receiver is limited to about 100 feet. This involves using infrared (below Red) light to carry signals to a receiver. These signals need to be rather strong because they can be affected by light sources.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Wireless Antennae Wireless Transmission Methods There are four basic methods of wireless transmissions: • • • • Laser Radio Microwave Infrared You use infrared transmissions every time you use your TV’s remote control. . they are also fairly immune to eavesdropping. Infrared is not sensitive to radio-frequency interference. and because the transmissions are tightly focused. such as windows.

there must be a direct line-of-sight path between the transmitter and receiver. This type of transmission is commonly used to connect multiple LAN segments together. In the hopping method. etc. It does. In the direct sequence modulation method. Transmission speeds with this high-end type are competitive with cable-based systems. 105 . Scatter Infrared Transmission rates are slower with this type as the signal is designed to bounce off of walls. Spread-Spectrum Radio Transmissions Because spread-spectrum broadcasts over a range of frequencies. ceilings. however. Specialized Solutions. uses broadband technology. it is less susceptible to eavesdropping. The signal can be blocked by heavy concrete or metal walls. but unblocked it can enable mobile computing over a limited range. Radio Transmission Radio transmission wireless is popular with a high bandwidth at 10 Mbps. the available frequencies are divided into hops and the transmitters and receivers “hop” from frequency to frequency for a predetermined length of time. The effective distance of the signal is limited to about 100 feet. as the name implies. The signals can be broadcast via two methods: hopping. which then routes the signal appropriately. Broadband Optical Telepoint Broadband Optical Telepoint. Inc. or direct sequence modulation. Narrow-Band Radio Transmission This is sometimes called single-frequency radio and is similar to broadcasting from a radio station. Line-of-Sight Infrared With this type of infrared system.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals Reflective Infrared With reflective infrared. the signal is beamed towards a central unit. The transmitter and receiver are tuned into the same frequency and thus it does not require line-of-sight transmission. require an FCC license and is subject to eavesdropping. which are then transmitted over separate frequencies. the message is broken into parts (called chips). until it reaches the receiver.

Satellite Station Networking Microwave is currently the most common of the long distance transmission methods in the US. Satellite Microwave This is a very expensive technology and is utilized by very large corporations who pool the billions of dollars required to develop and launch a satellite. 106 Specialized Solutions. Signals are beamed up to the satellite and then sent back down to the appropriate receiver. These network-style packets are encoded with source and destination address information. or across large flat open areas like bodies of water or deserts. This form of microwave communication is used to transmit over shorter distances. and only the destination device can receive and read the packet. There are three forms of mobile computing: • • • Packet-Radio Networking Cellular Networking Satellite Station Networking Packet-Radio Networking Packets are sent via a satellite. Cellular Networking Cellular networking is achieved via the cellular phone network. This form of microwave communication is used to transmit globally. The packets sent are called Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) and this form provides very fast communication. mobile computing is a growing technology that provides a nearly limitless range for traveling users of this type of network. It is used for line-of-sight communication. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Microwave Due to microwave transmission capabilities. . Terrestrial Microwave This is used for earth-based communication such as between two buildings.

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it is important for you to be able to configure the network card for optimum performance. Twisted Pair. we took a look at the future. As a network professional. As a networking professional. RJ-45. You should know the types of connectors used for each cable type: BNC. 108 Specialized Solutions. Wireless networking is the trend of the future. Coaxial comes in two types: Thinnet and Thicknet. Laser. you should know the maximum segment lengths for each cable type. There are three primary types of cabling: Coaxial. etc. Twisted Pair can be Unshielded (UTP) or Shielded (STP). In addition. This device is called the network interface card (NIC) and provides the physical connection to the network. It prepares. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Summary The first part of this chapter covers the various aspects of network media or cables. and Fiber-Optic. . After discussing at network cabling we then took a look at the hardware that acts as the intermediary between the cabling and the computer itself. Fiber-Optic cable uses pulses of light to carry signals. it is important to understand the concepts associated with wireless networks. transmits. and controls data flow over the network. The four basic wireless types are: Infrared. receives. AUI. Finally. Radio. and Microwave.

109 .Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. Inc. Keyword Analog Signals AWG Bandwidth Base I/O Port Address Base Memory Address Baseband BNC Connector Broadband Buffer Cellular Networking Clocking Coaxial Cable Digital Signals DMA (Direct Memory Channel) EISA Bus Fiber-Optic Cable Full-Duplex Half-Duplex IRQ ISA Bus Laser Transmissions Definition Specialized Solutions. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.

Definition . Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Keyword MCA Bus Microwave Transmissions Narrow-Band Radio Network Adapter Card Network Interface Card PCI Bus PCMCIA Card Plenum Reflective Infrared Ring Speed RJ-11 Connector RJ-45 Connector Satellite Microwave Scatter Infrared Shielded Twisted Pair Simplex Single-Frequency Radio Spread-Spectrum Radio Terminator Terrestrial Microwave Thicknet Thinnet Transceiver Unshielded Twisted Pair 110 Specialized Solutions.

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Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 4 1. What is the transmission speed of category 5 cabling? 9. What is the most popular of the cable types? 10. What is the maximum segment length of Thinnet? 2. . How is a vampire tap connected? 6. What type of connectors are used with Coaxial cable? 4. What is the least expensive of the cable types? 112 Specialized Solutions. What type of connector is used with twisted pair cable? 12. What is the maximum segment length of UTP? 8. What is the purpose of a transceiver? 5. What is the maximum segment length of Thicknet? 3. What is the most expensive cable type? 13. Which twisted pair cabling is less sensitive to EMI? 11. What is the purpose of plenum cabling? 7. Inc.

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15. What does AWG stand for and what is it?

16. Describe baseband.

17. Describe broadband.

18. What is the difference between simplex, half-duplex, and full-duplex communication?

19. What is the function of a network adapter card?

20. In Token Ring networks, what are the two ring speeds available?

21. Where would you expect to find a PCMCIA card?

22. What are some of the reasons you would need to install a wireless network?

23. What are the four basic wireless transmission types?

24. Which is the most secure type of radio wireless network?

25. Which microwave transmission type is used to transmit globally?

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Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards
In previous chapters, we laid the groundwork for understanding networking and we looked at the different networking topologies and cabling options. This chapter explores the various protocols used in network communication. Access methods used by various network protocols will also be discussed, along with the way data is transmitted over a network in packets, or frames. Ethernet is one of the most popular networking architectures. In this chapter, we will discover how Ethernet works, as well as how Token-ring networks function. AppleTalk and ARCNet networks are also included in this chapter. After completing this chapter, you will have a working knowledge of the different network architectures and the access methods that they use. You will also understand how networks send data and what information is included in the frames that are transmitted across the network medium. You will develop an understanding of Ethernet networks and the IEEE standards for Ethernet. You will also know how Token Ring networks function and what hardware is required to make them function. AppleTalk and ARCNet architecture, while not as popular as Ethernet, are still important technologies that the networking professional needs to comprehend. A protocol is a language that computers use to communicate with other computers, in this case, over a network. In Chapter 3, you saw how each layer of the OSI Model has different protocols that define how the information travels. The way these protocols interact is called a protocol stack. The following main protocol stacks are the most important: • • • • • Internet Protocol Suite TCP/IP Novell NetWare’s Protocol Suite, IPX/SPX IBM’s Systems Network Architecture, SNA Digital’s DECnet Apple’s AppleTalk

The OSI Model was created at a later date than some of the aforementioned protocols; thus, they do not map directly to the OSI Model. Protocols function at three basic levels: • • Application protocols provide support for application-to-application interaction and data exchange. Transport protocols ensure that data is sent to the correct destination without errors. Specialized Solutions, Inc. 115

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide • Network protocols route information, handle addressing, and check for errors. Network protocols also set the standard for communicating in different network environments.

A protocol must be bound to the network adapter card, also known as the network interface card (NIC), in order for it to be used with a network computer. In some instances, as in the case of TCP/IP or IPX/SPX, two protocols may be bound to one card. The order in which the operating system will use the protocol is determined by the order in which the protocols are bound to the NIC.

Access Methods
In a network, multiple computers are contending with each other for access to the network media. The rules for determining how a computer may send or receive data on the network is called the access method. The access method that a system uses is designed to prevent simultaneous sending of data along the cable. If two or more computers were to send data at the same time, the data may collide and be destroyed (or partially destroyed). The access method organizes the sending and receiving of data. All computers on the network need to utilize the same access method in order to be consistent in the way that the data is handled. This will ensure that a dominant access method being used by one computer doesn’t override access to the cable causing the network to fail. There are three primary access methods: • • CSMA/CD (Carrier-Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection) or CSMA/CA (Carrier-Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance) Token Passing

• Demand Priority CSMA/CD (Carrier-Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection) CSMA/CD is known as a contention method. This is because computers on the network compete with each other for the chance to transmit data on the cable. With CSMA/CD each computer on the network checks the network cable for traffic. If it “senses” (carriersense) that the cable is free, it will send data. While there is data traveling on the cable, no computer will transmit data. Occasionally, however, two computers will transmit data at the same time and the data will collide. The Collision Detection aspect of CSMA/CD causes the two computers to stop transmitting and then attempt to retransmit after a specified period of time. Naturally, the more users who are connected to a network, the denser network traffic becomes. Greater network traffic can dramatically slow down the CSMA/CD access method.

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Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards CSMA/CA (Carrier-Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance) This access method is not as popular as CSMA/CD because the sending computer will transmit its intent to transmit before sending out data. Sending out messages that it is about to transmit increases network traffic and slows down network performance. It is, however, the access method that works best with wireless connections; since the wireless channel can be verified before the data is sent. Token Passing The token passing access method is used on networks that utilize the ring topology. A token (a special type of packet) is circulated around the ring from computer to computer. If a computer needs to transmit data on the network, it must wait until it possesses the token. A computer that is waiting to transmit will take control of a free token. It will add additional header and trailer information to the token as well as the data that it wishes to transmit. Data is transmitted in frames. The header information that is added to the token includes sending and receiving addressing information. The trailer includes error control information. When the computer is ready, the token is released back out onto the network and continues around the ring until it reaches the destination computer. The destination computer grabs the token and receives the data. It then adds some data to the token indicating that it received the data and releases the token back out onto the ring. The token continues around the ring until it arrives back at the source computer. The source computer takes the token and confirms that the data it transmitted was received. It then creates a new “free” token and releases it back out on the network to be used by any computer that needs to transmit. If either the source (sending) or destination (receiving) computer detect errors in the data that was transmitted, the frame would be resent. A computer in a Token Ring network must possess a token in order to transmit. Because only one computer at a time may transmit, this is not a contention method and there are no data collisions. (Some more recent versions of the Token Ring network have the capability to pass two tokens around the ring.) Demand Priority The demand priority access method is designed for the 100 Mbps Ethernet standard 100VG-AnyLAN. It has been addressed in the IEEE 802.12 standard and is based on the hubs and end-nodes being the two components that make up a 100VG-AnyLAN network. An end node in a 100VG-AnyLAN could be a computer, router, switch, or bridge. The hub manages network traffic by searching for requests to transmit from all the nodes connected to the network. The hub is responsible for verifying that all end-nodes, addresses, and links are functioning. Demand priority is more efficient than CSMA/CD because there is only traffic between the sending computer, hub, and destination computer, instead of broadcasts over the entire network. Because of the cabling method used with this access method, (four pairs Specialized Solutions, Inc. 117

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide of wires are used, which enables quartet signaling) computers can send and receive at the same time. Contention can occur with demand priority if two computers transmit at exactly the same time, but it is possible to configure so that certain types of data receive priority when there is contention. If the hub receives two transmissions simultaneously, the one with the highest priority is serviced first. If the two transmissions have the same priority level, they are serviced at the same time by alternating between the requests.

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Also. Specialized Solutions. The destination computer receives the packets and reassembles them in the correct order to translate it back into the original message.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards Network Communications (Frames and Packets) As we’ve discussed previously. data needs to be processed into a form that can be transmitted across a network medium.) Data is converted to packets in order for it to be moved across the network medium more quickly. Session control codes to indicate the need of a retransmission. if there is a transmission error. information. The destination address of the receiving computer. Inc. Data files tend to be quite large. 119 . The data to be transmitted. or messages. Another reason for not transmitting data in such large chunks is error detection. This information allows for error checking after the data has been reassembled. but we will use the term packets. Error checking information such as Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) information. Data is broken down into small chunks called frames or packets. (The terms frames and packets are often used interchangeably. Instructions for the network indicating how to transmit the data. Computer control data such as service requests and commands. only a small portion of the data is affected (and needs to be re-transmitted). All packets contain: • • • • • • The source address of the sending computer. Instructions that tell the receiving computer how to reassemble the data. The sending computer breaks the data into packets and adds information to each packet in order to make it possible for the receiving computer to reassemble them in the correct order. Packet Structure Packets may contain: • • • Files. and if they were sent out onto the network medium in this form they would overload the network cabling and slow the network dramatically.

. packets can be various sizes. the computer assumes that the packets all arrived intact. Data This part of the packet contains the actual data that is to be transmitted. usually from 512 bytes to 4Kilobytes. Usually. CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) is a mathematical calculation that is calculated at the source computer and attached to the packet. If there is a discrepancy. the CRC asks the source computer to retransmit. The header contains information such as an alert signal to announce that a packet is being transmitted. When the packets are reassembled at the destination computer. Trailer The information in the trailer can vary depending upon the communication method or protocol used in a network. If the results are the same. A Packet 120 Specialized Solutions. and clocking information. Inc. Most files are much larger than this so many packets will be made up to complete the transmission.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Packet Components Headers Headers are attached to each packet. the source and destination addresses. the trailer contains the error checking information. the calculation is run again. Depending upon the network.

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is one of two sublayers of the Data-Link layer and is concerned with managing traffic over the physical medium. There are rules or protocols that govern how the cars are loaded and the origination and destination points. some are diesel. It is probably the most popular network architecture used today. Protocols that are used with the OSI model define the rules of communication. we are going to look at different standards for networks. Not all railroads are the same (some are electric. Ethernet (802. The standards define the means of communications. as addressed previously. but its primary function is maintaining the network link by identifying a line protocol. Standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI model. Logical Link Control (802. The LLC has the ability to track acknowledgements. For example. In this section. in a railroad. There are a number of Ethernet IEEE standards. Thicknet coaxial (10Base5). . some are wide gauge. These provide the standards for the railroads. and typically transmits at 10 Mbps. The following are the four that transmit at 10 Mbps: • • • • 10BaseT 10Base2 10Base5 10BaseFL 122 Specialized Solutions. and some are narrow gauge). It can be installed with Thinnet coaxial (10Base2). like NetBIOS (Windows) or NetWare (Novell).2) The Logical Link Control layer. Inc. Ethernet uses a bus or star topology (10BaseT and 100BaseT use the star topology and 10Base2 and 10Base5 use a bus topology). Ethernet is defined in the IEEE 802. However.94 Mbps network system that would connect over 100 computers on a one-kilometer cable. it is the rails and switches that govern the actual movement of the trains (data). but all railroads that are built to the same standards can exchange cars (data).3) Ethernet is a non-propriety network architecture that was originally developed at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) by Robert Metcalfe and David Boggs.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Standards Network standards can best be described as the physical and functional characteristic of a network. It is a baseband system and utilizes the CSMA/CD access method. data (in this case passengers and freight) is moved in various cars.3 standard and is a method for computers and data systems to connect over shared cabling. or Twisted Pair cable (10BaseT and 100BaseT). The original version was a 2.

repeaters can be used for longer distances. (There may be five segments but only three may be populated. 10Base5 (Thicknet) 10Base5 uses Thicknet (coaxial) cable. These applications include video. meaning 10Base5 has a maximum segment length of 500 meters. While 10BaseT can and does work with STP cabling.5 meters. It transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology. is 185 meters. If the segment must exceed this limitation. The maximum number of nodes per network is 1024 and the minimum distance between nodes is 2.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards 10BaseT (Twisted Pair) The “10” in 10BaseT indicates that it transmits at 10 Mbps. The maximum number of segments containing nodes per network is 3. The minimum distance between nodes is .) This is referred to as the “5-4-3 Rule”. The maximum number of nodes per network 90. to name a few. Inc. it transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology. The maximum number of nodes per network 100. As its name implies. indicating its maximum segment length. and computer aided design. The maximum number of nodes per segment is 30. 10BaseFL (Fiber Optic) 10BaseFL is the specification for running Ethernet over fiber-optic cable. 10BaseT has a maximum segment length of 100 meters (Twisted Pair wiring maximum segment length) and it is connected using RJ-45 connectors. The actual maximum segment length. however. It transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology in a bus topology. 100 Mbps IEEE Ethernet Standards The IEEE committee has introduced new specifications for 100 Mbps Ethernet standards that can meet the demands of today’s high-bandwidth applications. The two Ethernet standards for 100 Mbps are: • 100BaseVG-AnyLAN Ethernet Specialized Solutions. And the “T” indicates that it uses Twisted Pair cabling. The maximum number of nodes per segment is 100 in a 10Base5 system. The minimum distance between nodes is 2. The main use for this specification is for long cable runs. The “5” stands for 5 times 100 meters. The “Base” indicates that it uses Baseband technology (single channel). 10Base2 (Thinnet) 10Base2 uses Thinnet (coaxial) cable with BNC connectors in a Bus topology. it is most commonly created with UTP cable. and the maximum number of segments is 5 with 3 being populated. document and image storage. BNC connectors and a transceiver. 123 .5 meters. 10BaseT uses the star topology. The maximum segment length for 10BaseFL is 2000 meters.5 meters. The “2” stands for 2 times 100 meters.

The IEEE specification 802. to some degree. There are three different specifications: 100BaseT4 (this uses UTP four-pair Category 5) 100BaseTX (this uses UTP or STP two-pair Category 5) 100BaseFX (this uses two-strand fiber-optic) As you know. ATM competes. 124 Specialized Solutions. VG. the 100 means that it transmits at 100 Mbps and the Base means it uses baseband technology. with Gigabit Ethernet. but that will be referred to later in this book.12 is the standard that defines this technology.) 100BaseX (“Fast Ethernet”) Fast Ethernet (as 100BaseX is sometimes called) is simply an extension to the existing Ethernet 10Base Ethernet standard. and provides a data rate of 1 billion bits per second (one gigabit). 100BaseVG. they are referring to the same thing. This uses a star topology over fiber-optic and Category 4 and 5 twisted pair cable at a data transmission rate of 100 Mbps. Because of its intense speed. When you see any of these terms.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide • 100BaseX Ethernet (Fast Ethernet) 100VG-AnyLAN In 100VG-AnyLAN the VG stands for Voice Grade. . Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet is a transmission technology based on the Ethernet frame format and protocol used in local area networks (LANs). The T4 means that it uses four-pair twisted pair cable. It is known by at least four names: 100VG-AnyLAN. It is basically a way of transmitting Ethernet frames and Token Ring packets. It uses Category 5 twisted pair cable or fiber-optic cable in a Star Bus topology. using the CSMA/CD access method. the TX means it uses two-pair twisted pair cable. and the FX means fiber-optic cable is used. 100BaseVG requires its own hub and cards. although copper can be used with much shorter distances. It can support the demand priority access method as well as an option for filtering address frames at the hub for added privacy. Gigabit Ethernet is carried primarily on fiber optic cable. Gigabit Ethernet is currently being used as the backbone in many larger networks. (It can be extended longer but it requires special equipment. and the longest cable length is 250 meters. Inc. 10-Gigabit Ethernet is also on the horizon. and AnyLAN.

Specialized Solutions. 125 . by joining with either a router or a bridge. It is also compatible with operating systems such as: • • • • • • • • • Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows NT Server Microsoft Windows NT Workstation Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows 98 Microsoft Windows for Workgroups Microsoft LAN Manager IBM LAN Server AppleShare Novell NetWare Ethernet networks may be segmented in order to improve performance. Ethernet also works in the UNIX environment.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards Other Ethernet Considerations Many communication protocols are compatible with Ethernet including TCP/IP. Inc.

The computer that wants to transmit takes possession of the token. The data frame is a different type of frame than the token. This token will travel around the ring until a computer signals that it needs to send data. the network creates a token when the first computer comes online. How it Works Basically. The sending computer encodes the data frame with information such as: Start Delimiter This marks the start of the frame. it is a star ring with each node connected to a central hub. The name Token Ring implies that the physical layout is that of a ring. and it has a transmission speed of 4 or 16 Mbps. and 3). 126 Specialized Solutions. The Token Ring access method.5) The Token Ring architecture is defined in the IEEE 802. 2. Data collisions are avoided because only one computer is transmitting at a time and no other computer is allowed to transmit unless it possesses the token (which won’t be released until the previous computer is finished). Like Ethernet. While the token is in use by a computer to send data. The cable used is STP and UTP (IBM types 1. The physical ring is in the hub and the logical ring represents the data’s path between the nodes. it uses the baseband technology. but is still used today. is what sets Token Ring apart. Actually. The token is actually a stream of data that allows a computer to transmit data on the cable. . It is not as popular as Ethernet. primarily in IBM mini and mainframe systems. This is so that no other network computer will try to possess it to transmit data. Frame Control The information here determines whether the frame is being transmitted to all computers on the network or one specific “end station” computer.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Token Ring (802. Destination Address This is the address of the receiving computer. Inc. more than the cable design. Access Control This sets the frame priority and is also where it is encoded to let the network computers know whether the frame is a token or a data frame. Each computer on the network acts as a repeater and regenerates the signal as the token/data frame passes through it. IBM introduced Token Ring around 1984. A computer cannot transmit data in a Token Ring environment unless it possesses the token. it is known as a data frame.5 standard.

Whether it travels clockwise or counter-clockwise is a matter of convention. Assuming that the frame acknowledges that the transmission was successful. The receiving computer copies the data into its buffer. After encoding the data frame. Beaconing In a Token Ring environment. Inc. as well as its own address. while IBM says counter-clockwise. the old frame is removed and the computer creates a new token and releases it back out onto the ring. it will notify the monitor that it didn’t receive an expected signal. As each new computer comes online. Its address is checked to confirm that there are no duplicate addresses on the network and the other computers on the ring are notified of the new computer’s active status. The IEEE 802. The network will then attempt to diagnose and repair the problem without disrupting the entire network. Or. the Token Ring network initializes it so that it may join the ring. This computer. the active monitor performs a process known as beaconing. If a computer doesn’t receive a beacon when expected. if there were errors. Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) This is information for error detection. it would indicate that the data needed to be retransmitted. The beacon is passed from node to node around the ring. The active monitor investigates any frames that have traveled the ring more than once and ensures that only one token is traveling the ring at any one time. 127 Specialized Solutions. Note: Data travels in only one direction on a Token Ring network. Every seven seconds the active monitor will send out a beacon. the first computer to come online is assigned to monitor network activity. This signal contains the address of its upstream neighbor. Message This is the data or file to be transmitted.5 standards say it travels clockwise. has the responsibility of making sure that frames are being sent and received accurately.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards Source Address This is the address of the sending computer. The frame is then released back out onto the cable where it travels back to the sending computer. called the active monitor. It then encodes the frame with information indicating that it received the data and there were no errors detected. . the sending computer releases it out onto the network where it travels around the ring until it reaches the destination address. To accomplish this task.

. Token Ring Connectors Token Ring networks use MIC (Media Interface Connectors) connectors for Type 1 and Type 2 cable. When a computer is connected. it is only about 45 meters. the maximum distance from the computer to the hub is 100 meters. Type 3 cable is connected with RJ-45 (8-pin) connectors if using four-pair or RJ-11 (4-pin) if using two-pair. each ring can connect up to 260 computers. Using STP. as there are no male and female ends. just as in other networks that use a hub.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Multistation Access Unit (The Hub) The actual ring in a Token Ring network is in the hub. each ring can connect up to 72 computers. The faulty node is then disconnected from the ring so as not to affect the rest of the network. the failure of one computer will bring down the rest of the network. The maximum distance between two MAUs is 152 meters. There is some contention as to the maximum distance from the computer to the hub using Type 3 cable. IBM states that it is only 46 meters. but some vendors state that it is as much as 152 meters. The minimum distance using either STP or UTP is 2. Token Ring Cabling STP or UTP is used to connect each node to the hub. MAUs can sense when one of the connected computers fails. Instead the connectors can be flipped over to connect to one another. Type 1 has a maximum distance from the computer to the hub of 101 meters. such as: • • • MAU (Multistation Access Unit) MSAU (Multistation Access Unit) SMAU (Smart Multistation Access Unit) A Token Ring network can be expanded to have as many as 33 hubs. These patch cables extend the connection between the computer and the hub or between two hubs. Using UTP. Media filters convert cable connectors between the adapter card and the telephone jack (RJ-45/RJ-11) and reduce line noise. The Type 128 Specialized Solutions. This is known as a hermaphroditic connector. but types 1 and 2 may also be used. Using UTP.5 meters. Using STP. Most Token Ring networks use IBM Type 3 UTP cabling. This hub is known by a few names. Inc. Token Ring Patch Cables IBM Type 6 cable is used for patch cables in a Token Ring network. Each node is connected to the hub via a cable. the internal ring converts to an external ring at each connection point. Using the RJ connectors allows for one cable run to connect both data and telephone equipment. In a pure token passing environment.

Token ring cable lengths may be increased by using repeaters. therefore network capabilities are built into all Macintosh computers. Token ring networks are well suited to fiber-optic cable. Token Ring Adapter Cards A Token Ring has two transmission speeds: 4 Mbps and 16 Mbps. 129 . Inc. it is still an environment that you may be dealing with as a networking professional. The 16 Mbps card allows for a larger frame length. A 16 Mbps card can slow to 4 Mbps. Using a pair of repeaters. thereby decreasing the number of transmissions needed for data transfers. Token Ring Fiber-Optic Using fiber-optic cabling in a Token Ring network can increase the range up to ten times that of copper. but a 4 Mbps card cannot speed up to 16 Mbps. Type 6 may also be used to increase the length of Type 3 cable or for connecting computers directly to the hub. care must be taken that all cards on the network are compatible. Specialized Solutions. Therefore. Patch panels are used to organize patch cables. All cards on the network need to be set at the same speed.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards 6 cable has a maximum distance of 46 meters between the computer and the hub. Although it is not nearly as popular as the Ethernet or Token Ring architectures. AppleTalk AppleTalk is the network architecture used in a Macintosh environment. hubs may be up to 730 meters apart with Type 1 or Type 2 cable and up to 365 meters apart using Type 3 cable. AppleTalk is included with the Macintosh operating system software. Token Ring Repeaters Just as in other network environments.

AppleTalk can be used by non-Macintosh computers such as IBM compatible computers. EtherTalk may be implemented on Thinnet or Thicknet coaxial cable. it is very inexpensive to initiate. and even some UNIX computers. so it is not used as often as Ethernet or Token Ring.5 Standard) environment. It will then broadcast the chosen address to determine if any other computer online is using the address. The client software for AppleShare is also included in the Apple operating system. As such. 130 Specialized Solutions. Zones LocalTalk networks may be joined together using zones. UTP. Inc. Apple has always been open to third-party development. EtherTalk EtherTalk is simply a way to run AppleTalk on coaxial cable using an EtherTalk NB NIC. the device assigns itself an address. LocalTalk performance is rather limited. AppleShare The file server on an AppleTalk network is called AppleShare. This address is chosen at random from a range of available addresses. The TokenTalk NB card is used to attach to a Token Ring network. mainframe computers. A zone is a named Subnetwork that users may access simply by selecting it. it will store it to use each time it goes online.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide AppleTalk networks are usually called LocalTalk. AppleShare also provides a print server. When a computer goes online in a LocalTalk network. If it is not being used by another computer. or Fiber-Optic cable in a Bus topology. . TokenTalk TokenTalk is simply a way to run AppleTalk in a Token Ring (IEEE 802. This is useful for expanding the LocalTalk network or for relieving traffic on a larger network. AppleTalk can incorporate other types of networks such as Token Rings. It uses the CSMA/CD access method and can connect a maximum of 32 devices. LocalTalk LocalTalk uses STP. Since Macintosh builds-in the hardware for LocalTalk in every computer. by using zones. Digital Equipment Corporation’s VAX™ computers.

the maximum cable distance between the computer and the hub is 610 meters. the token still passes in numerical order. but it can be adequately charted to the 802. Inc. but is normally installed using RG-62 A/U coaxial cable. If using either the Star or Bus topology with UTP and RJ-45 or RJ-11 connectors. Just like other token-passing access method architectures. the token is passed in numerical order. a token is needed in order for a computer to transmit data. It uses a token-passing access method that transmits at 2. If using an active hub in a Star topology. Specialized Solutions. the source address and up to 508 bytes of data. A later version. the maximum cable distance is 244 meters.5 Mbps. Obviously. ARCNet transmits data in packets. It is a simple and inexpensive network architecture that may use a Bus or Star Bus topology. or smart. ARCNet can use twisted-pair or fiber-optic cabling. this can really slow a network down if the computers are not in order. If computer #1 is at one end of the network and Computer #2 is at the other.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards ARCNet ( Attached Resource Computer Network) In 1977 Datapoint Corporation developed the ARCNet technology. The ARCNet Plus architecture can hold up to 4096 bytes of data. ARCNet utilizes hubs. This distance drops to only 305 meters if using the Bus topology. called ARCNet Plus. These packets contain the destination address. has a data transmission rate of 20 Mbps. 131 . These hubs may be passive. with coaxial cable and BNC connectors. Instead of the token traveling around a ring. ARCNet was developed before the IEEE 802 specifications.4 standards (Token Bus LAN). active.

.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Wireless (802. Interference can be lessened by their ability to function in their own band (in the GHz range. 132 Specialized Solutions.11 is the latest generation of enterprise-class wireless LAN technology.11) IEEE 802. Inc. The capacity to use wireless technology is there for large-scale deployments as well. Wireless technology is discussed in further detail in chapter four. generally). Speeds up to 54 Mbps will be available within wireless networks (LANs to be more specific).

as well as the different cabling schemes and cable distances. 133 . It is important that you understand their specifications and access methods as well. It is extremely important that you understand the different cabling schemes and their connectors as well as the maximum segment lengths for all of these different architectures. It is important for the networking professional to understand the characteristics of each access method. which includes an alert signal that a computer is transmitting. the source and destination addresses. CSMA/CA. If you are having trouble with any of these concepts. Therefore. Be sure to complete the following exercises and review questions. Inc. Token Passing and Demand Priority) is the governor of how traffic is controlled on a network. Managing network data is all about traffic control. Data is sent out on the network in smaller chunks of data called packets (or frames). The popular Ethernet architecture is defined in the IEEE 802. As a networking professional you will encounter this type of network most often. Packets consist of three components: the Header. Packets will include information to identify the source address. 10Base5. the Data. Although Token Ring is not as popular as Ethernet. it is still a common architecture and is said to be increasing its market share by as much as 20% per year. go back and review the chapter again. it is important that you are knowledgeable about the different types of Ethernet such as 10Base2. and the Trailer. Most packets also include error checking or CRC (Cyclical Redundancy Check) methods to check the reliability of the packets received. and the access method (such as CSMA/CD. destination address and the actual data that is being transmitted.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards Summary This has been another information intensive chapter and we covered a lot of information on the different networking architectures. which is where the error checking calculation is located. AppleTalk and ARCNet architectures may be used less than Ethernet or Token Ring.3 standards. The 100 Mbps and Gigabit Ethernet architectures will be even more prevalent in the future. but as a networking professional you will encounter them. and clocking information. Specialized Solutions. etc. If it were sent out in one continuous stream it would quickly bring network traffic to a halt due to the large size of the data. Be sure that you understand how this architecture works. and 10BaseT.

Inc. . Keyword Access Method AppleShare AppleTalk ARCNet Beaconing CRC CSMA/CA CSMA/CD Demand Priority Ethernet EtherTalk Frames Header Hub LocalTalk Multistation Access Unit Packets Patch Cable Smart Multistation Access Unit Token Passing Definition 134 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.

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What type of cable is used in 10BaseFL? 136 Specialized Solutions. Describe the difference between the two different contention methods. CSMA/CD and CSMA/CA. Inc. What does the “T” in 10BaseT indicate? 10.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 5 1. What happens if two computers using the demand priority access method transmit at exactly the same time? 6. Why isn’t token passing considered a contention method? 4. What is the maximum segment length in 10Base2? 11. What is CRC and what part of the packet is it usually located in? 8. What are the three primary access methods? 2. What sort of information do packet headers contain? 9. 5. How is data transmitted over the network cable? 7. What type of connectors are used in 10Base5? 12. 3. Describe how data is transmitted in the Token Ring architecture. .

Name the two main 100 Mbps Ethernet Standards. Which IEEE Specification defines Token Ring? 16.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards 13. Which way does data travel in a Token Ring network? 20. What is the purpose of AppleShare? 24. 22. How does data flow in an ARCNet network? Specialized Solutions. Describe beaconing as it applies to Token Ring architecture. How does a computer on a LocalTalk network obtain its address? 23. What is a SMAU? 21. What are the two transmission speeds of Token Ring? 17. What type of access method does an ARCNet network utilize? 25. 14. How are data collisions avoided in the Token Ring architecture? 18. Inc. 19. Describe a MIC connector. 137 . Which IEEE Specification defines Ethernet? 15.

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Finally. Even if this network is your own. You could design the best high-speed low-cost Windows system that was ever imagined. your design will not work for them. Hardware compatibility is a major consideration in network design and is often the source of troubles when expanding or upgrading networks. etc? If. However. for example. Most importantly. dislikes. (demographics). The facility – how big is the building(s) and what is the layout of the various offices? Current level of technology – how many computers do they have. Inc. This is well and good if you are designing a network for your own use. Then we will study in more detail network adapter cards. This is especially true if you will be maintaining or upgrading this network in the future. who has them. but if your customer is a Macintosh user. The Customer Obtaining a clear understanding of your customer and their needs is essential when designing a network. you are not designing for yourself. etc. how they are installed and how to troubleshoot them. This will give you the discipline to ask yourself the right questions and to begin the process of documentation. we will consider hardware compatibility. you need to approach the project as if it were for someone else. Specialized Solutions. this is a Macintosh-based company. The size of the company and the portion of the network affected. (If not. pay attention to details. rather than a client’s. We will start by looking at what it takes to layout a network from scratch. For most of us this will be a rare event since most companies already have a network and are working with expanding or increasing the performance of what they already have. and goals. you certainly don’t want to design a network around Windows. The most important aspect of creating a new network is to document everything that you do. Starting a Network Project A unique opportunity for any network professional is to design a network from beginning to end.Chapter 6 – Network Design Chapter 6 – Network Design In this chapter we are going to put to use many of the terms and concepts that we studied in earlier chapters of this training guide. 139 . are there any printers or scanners. The following is some suggested information that you should gather about your customer: The basics – name. The customer’s likes. The product – this is very important as a graphic arts client will have different needs than an engineering firm or a law office. The place to start a new network is with a pad of paper and a pencil or two. whoever is assigned the upgrade project will be forever indebted to you. in many cases. you will have a lot of knowledge and expertise with networks. There are two things that you will need to know. As a network professional. address.

only documenting the facility and the requirements of the network. print services. you are not documenting your network. . This program provides simple templates for both facilities and network components. A good intermediate program is Visio 2002. the same 1000 documents could be as little as 30 MB. or as large as 8 GB. Your document should include a summary of all the information you collected. This can be done using any word processor or spreadsheet program. There are many intermediate drawing packages that are available. Inc. Once you collect this information. files services. You will need this information as you make decisions in the next few steps. With this information in hand. a textonly MS Word file will be approximately 30 KB of data while a single page image file will average 50 KB. you are now ready to begin the designing of the network. at this time. you must get a clear definition of goals of the network. etc. So. You may want to consider using a drawing program to create a layout of the facility. Is an Internet connection needed now or in the future? Will it be for all users or just a select few? What additional services will the network need to provide? Sharing of resources. 140 Specialized Solutions. or as complex and as expensive as AutoCAD. if the file is compressed. This can be a simple program like Microsoft Paint. or as much as 8 MB for the same image scanned (black and white) at 300 dpi uncompressed (even more if color or grayscale). prepare a design document.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide The Network Goals In addition to the customer’s needs. or will it meet the requirements of the latest technology? How much traffic do you anticipate now and in the future? A business office moving 1000 documents and spreadsheets across a network will generate far less traffic than a graphic arts or engineering office moving 1000 large imaging files. The following are some questions to consider: Will this be a simple LAN or a complex WAN with Internet and remote users? What are the future needs? Is this network to start small and expand later. Remember. For example.

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The following lists the information that you will need in order to choose your network type. you will need to start making some decisions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Determine Network Type Once you collect all the information described above. Also. not all nodes may need the same level of security. you can send work to it if you need color printing (assuming that they share the printer to the network). As long as you have the original software disk (CD). Here you will have two choices: peer-to-peer or client/server. First. In a peer-to-peer network. They can provide services to the network and use services provided by others. as generally it is not installed during a standard installation. The wrong choice now. Peer-to-peer networks are economical to setup and implement. all computers are equal. they do not require a high-power computer with lots of speed and processing power. The commitment of management and users. may cause problems in the future.” That is. This sharing is on a directory level. you can share it to the network and anyone who has access to the network can send work to it. they include the necessary software and protocols for file and print sharing. The first is the type of network you will be designing. Skill level of the network users. For example. Peerto-peer networks do provide some security in the form of allowing you to select what you want to share to the network. If you do not have this information go back and get it. Are they committed to the change or are they going to resist the change? When to Choose Peer-to-Peer There are many reasons why you would want to choose peer-to-peer. Inc. if you have a printer connected to your computer. but most operating systems like Windows 95 and up and Macintosh OS X are “network ready. The decision that you make at this time will have an affect on the hardware and software choices that you make in the future. You will need to take careful consideration of the information collected in the first step to assist you with this decision. The level of security required. Keep in mind that you may not be able to mix two different operating systems without additional software or upgrading to a client/server network. Most personal computers today will have more than enough power to successfully operate in a peer-to-peer environment. Are they able to handle a sophisticated network or must the network be transparent to them? The available budget (both now and in the future). Likewise. if a colleague has a color printer and you don’t. You may need to install the software. This means that every 142 Specialized Solutions. You may have to add network cards and cabling. This can range from none to very high. The disadvantages of peer-to-peer networks are security and limited network size. you will have no problem. The most prominent are simplicity and cost. The number of nodes (computers and other resources) on the network. The type of business and how that will affect network traffic. .

In a small network where everybody knows each other and security is not an issue. you will also need to consider the disadvantages. In a peer-to-peer situation. such as your printer. This will be especially true if your workstation is using an older. Since these computers are larger.Chapter 6 – Network Design file in the directory will be available to the network. The most prominent disadvantage is the cost to install and operate the network. they will also be using your processor to do their printing. the more knowledgeable the administrator needs to be. information can be made available to them through a RAS (Remote Access Server) connection. As for size. if employees need remote access. and lots of memory. the network must operate transparent to them. slower processor and/or has limited memory (RAM). only a network administrator can create a user name and assign permissions to that user. You can connect more workstations. 143 . These server-based networks provide a central database that manages access to all the resources as well as the network itself. While there are many advantages. It is obvious that server-based networks will require better and higher-powered hardware. a client with a limited budget may consider this type of network as a starting point or entry-level network. the performance of the network will be better than in a peer-to-peer network. Most employees have little or no knowledge of the workings of computers. have high-power processor. Also. is another advantage of a server-based network. In a server-based network. In small networks. For these people. you will not need to worry if Mary is on vacation and her computer is turned off (since she is the only one in the company that has a color printer). 24-hours per day. all that is needed is one or two knowledgeable people to act as administrators. Last but not least. the general rule is that peer-to-peer networks should be limited to about 10 workstations. Remember. if anyone is using a resource on your workstation. but what is often overlooked is the cost to administer the network. Before you can use any resource. The result will be a slow-down of performance on your workstation. must less the workings of a network. this will take part of their normal workday will be taken up to react to any problems and maintain existing accounts. Perhaps the most significant aspect of using server-based networks is security. all network resources are usually centralized. The more sophisticated the network. Also. any user can log on to a workstation (with a new name and password) and gain access to the network. Another advantage of server-based networks is that the servers are never turned off. When to Choose Client/Server On a client/server network (also known as server-based networks). server-based networks are scaleable. and expand as your needs expand. This means that you can start small with one server and a few workstations. In large networks. but there will most likely be reductions in network performance as stations are added. Inc. In a strict peer-topeer network. instead of backing up individual workstations. This means that one or more computers are designated as servers and provide the resources for the entire network. you must have both the authorization to use the network and permission to use the resource. This means that if you need to use the color printer that is connected to the print server. Using a file server to maintain all of the company-wide files. This centralized file system also makes for easy transfers of files throughout the company. etc. administration can be a Specialized Solutions. a peer-to-peer network may be the perfect solution.

then you might have an address conflict with another entity on the Internet. it is highly recommended that you use these addresses for your private addressing.0.0 255. since your organization will more than likely need access to the Internet and networks outside of their LAN.0 144 Specialized Solutions.255.0 -10.255. present each case to the client and let them make the final decision.0. get more.0. In some cases.255. in others it could go either way.255. Prepare a case (on paper) of the pros and cons of each.255 255. The only problem is that if your firewall were to come down. Public and Private networks In addition.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide full-time job for one or more people and may even require the skills of a certified network professional. which would limit its access to those outside of the company. Each network operating system supplier has their own certification program such as Microsoft’s MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer) and Novell’s CNE (Certified Novell Engineer).168. Actually. . Making the Choice Making that final decision is often difficult.168. If all else fails. If you are not sure you have enough information. A public network would be the Internet. For this reason. When you are sitting on the fence.255 172. stick with it and move forward.0 -172.0. Inc.192. be sure to follow a disciplined procedure: Collect all your information. This decision will be the basis for the rest of your network design. Once you have made this decision. let us define the difference between the terms public and private network. The use of these addresses will completely prevent the address conflict issue.0 .0 192. with open access to the global community.0.255. For this reason.0.16.255.0 255.0. 10. there are specific addresses that are filtered by the routers at the backbone of the Internet. the answer will be very obvious.32. you can use any address that you want to use inside of your own network and behind your firewalls.0. A private network would be a corporate network or an Intranet.

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Remember. Use it as a starting place to build your own. ask him or her to show you. That person is you! Be sure to take a small toolkit and a flashlight with you. Inc. This form should identify the equipment and its specifications. The following page shows an example of what an inventory sheet might look like. The best approach is to make an inventory sheet for each piece of equipment. if all or part of a network already exists. 146 Specialized Solutions. On the other hand. Also. Feel free to use this as a starting place for developing your own customized form. don’t just simply ask someone what he or she has. You may also want to take an inventory as part of your initial evaluation. use this sheet to define your proposed new equipment. you will need to make a detailed inventory of the materials you already have. this is a detailed inventory that requires someone that is knowledgeable in computers and networks. When taking this inventory.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Define the Starting Place If you are designing a network from the ground up and literally starting with a blank piece of paper. The following is an example of an inventory sheet. you must add new hardware. The documenting of existing equipment includes two components: hardware and software. Some of the information you need may be inside the machine and you will have to remove a case or two. whether hardware or software. . if you are creating a new network and have no inventory to work with. you can skip this section.

Inc. 147 . PCI.Chapter 6 – Network Design Network Equipment Inventory Sheet Item Number: ___________ Type of Equipment: Computer Printer Telecommunication Other If Other: _______________________________________ Location: Identification: Make: Model: Serial #: ____________________________ ____________________________ _____________________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Computer: Processor (Type and Speed) RAM Hard Drive(s) Monitor Video Card Modem Connected Peripherals Bus Type (ISA.) # of Free Slots Network Card Printer: Installed RAM Interface (Parallel or SCSI) Network Compliant (Yes/No) Peripheral: Type of Device Interface (Parallel or SCSI) Specialized Solutions. etc.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Telecommunication: Describe the device and its function. Software: If this device uses software. . Inc. Name of Program:(Operating System) __________________ Version Number: Licensing Information: ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Original Disk (CD) Available: ____________________ Name of Program: Version Number: Licensing Information: ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Original Disk (CD) Available: ____________________ Name of Program: Version Number: Licensing Information: ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Original Disk (CD) Available: ____________________ Use additional paper if necessary. describe each program. 148 Specialized Solutions.

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make a drawing of the facility and each network node.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Design the Network At last we should have enough information to start designing our network. it will make future documentation easier. It is time to get out that pencil and paper. Inc. and collect all of the documentation you have been working on. or the software drawing program that you used to create the layout of the facility. By assigning them a number now. This might be a good time to start identifying each node with a name and number. . Using the inventory sheets and the objectives of the network. A Network Layout 150 Specialized Solutions. Start with the location of existing equipment (if any) then draw the location of the new equipment.

For example. It may be more cost effective to purchase a large quantity of plenum grade rather than a mix of plenum and standard grade. Cable Grade – Local fire codes. CAT 6 is the UTP of choice. The following are several other factors that must be considered before making your final choice: Topology – If you use a physical star topology. However. may require that you install plenum grade cables for part or all of your installation. but if this is a large facility. consider Thinnet coaxial cable. (up to 2 kilometers – 6562 feet) choose fiber optics. 151 . you must comply with requirements of the 5-4-3 rule for number of segments. and the run from the server room to the maintenance shop is 400 meters (1312 feet). such as in an imaging environment. Realistically. If you intend to use UTP or STP cables. It is the most labor-intensive of all the processes and the most costly to replace. Therefore. If economics are a major concern and you are designing a small temporary LAN. it would be worthwhile to spend a little more now and install CAT 5e or CAT 6 than to replace it in 2 to 3 years. The 100 Mbps speed of this media will handle this workload without problems. you must make sure that the longest connection (computer to computer. hub location is critical for determining cable lengths. Cable lengths must be considered. a simple bus topology with each computer in a series will save on the budget (don’t forget to terminate each end). where money is no object and security is critical or you have long distances to cover. In addition. repeaters and nodes. you will need to install CAT 5e or CAT 6 UTP to be able to take advantage of its 1000 Mbps speed. you might consider CAT 3. you will need to remember that all cables must originate from the hub. Specialized Solutions. if you are going to have hundreds of computers or transfer large quantities of large files. you will need Thicknet coaxial cables. On the high end.Chapter 6 – Network Design Media Selection Media selection is an aspect of installing a network that should not be taken lightly. or just good common sense. or hub to computer) does not exceed 100 meters (328 feet). In most environments this will be no problem. for long term use and eventual upgrade to 100 MHz. the cost of CAT 5 is not significantly more than CAT 3. a small network with only a few workstations sharing files and printing will probably work fine with CAT 5 UTP cables. 5-4-3 – If your installation is coaxial Ethernet. Cable Type – If your goal is to save money now and you don’t need a high-speed network. The most important aspect of media selection is to be sure that the media you choose will meet the performance criteria of the network. Inc. These cables are inexpensive and if all computers are in the same proximity. if you are not sure if expansion is in your future. It will cost a lot more to upgrade later. However.

it may not be prudent to recommend the change to Windows 2000/2003. with a relative humidity of 30 percent. Constant temperatures of around 70° F. and should have a method to ensure that clean power is available. such as a surge suppressor and an uninterruptible power supply. Fiber optics are also a good alternative when the manufacturing environment cannot allow for any possibility of even a small spark. it doesn’t really matter. Like us. which requires the use of routers. EMI. sometimes the customer will make the choice for you. on the surface. since they don’t use electricity to transmit a signal.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Noise – If all or part of the installation is located in an industrial environment (vibration and noise). and this is also the ultimate atmosphere for a computer. but it is important that the room be well ventilated and climate controlled. Environmental Concerns A major concern that is often overlooked when designing a network is the actual environment in which the computers will be operating. but are not limited. and fluctuating line-voltages from the incoming power source. you need a routable protocol such as TCP/IP. The equipment should be shielded from ESD. Environment – If all or part of the network is in a hostile environment (corrosive manufacturing) you should consider alternatives like fiber optics. NOS Selection Choosing the network operating system is a matter of user preference. These routable protocols are more difficult to configure. it will work. which can generate damaging ESD. Variable temperatures. Inc. The next choice is whether to use a routable or non-routable protocol. the same conditions that are good for people are often ideal for computers. or uses lots of electrical or electronic equipment that generates EMI (electromagnetic interference) or RFI (Radio Frequency Interference). which is kept at the ideal temperature for the equipment. As long as it is configured well and meets the needs of the customer. If the customer has always used Novell NetWare and is satisfied with the performance. such as NetBEUI are simple and work well with peer-to-peer networks and small LANs. Most network operating systems today are robust and will operate transparent to the users. The non-routable protocols. you may need to install fiber optics at least in that area. can all cause a computer to fail or behave erratically. are usually what is found in the office environment where most networks are installed. high-humidity. if you intend to work with a larger network or WAN. Most larger companies will have a dedicated room for their server (the Server room). 152 Specialized Solutions. On the other hand. low-humidity. . However. Fortunately. and RFI. Protocol Selection The most important issue with selecting a protocol is to use the same protocol throughout the network. Less than ideal conditions will also decrease the life expectancy of your equipment. they are sensitive to temperature changes. It is not strictly necessary to have a dedicated room for the equipment. which can cause corrosion. Therefore.

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you can install future or optional locations in preparation for expanding. the cables are connected to a patch panel. The hub will know that the cable is not connected and will simply ignore it. The type of outlet will depend on the type of cable. This way. it will be a wall plate with an RJ-45 outlet. Inc.” This is a centrally located room or closet that will house the primary server and hub. All the cables will be brought to one location. you will most likely need to install a wall outlet. There are a few more components that need to be installed. Make sure that either you or the specialist marks each cable at both ends. To keep these organized. In most cases. This is just a strip of RG-45 connectors. if using CAT 5 or CAT 6. So let’s assume that you or your specialist has run all the cables. 154 Specialized Solutions. Cable to Computer Depending on the selection of cable. One advantage of using CAT 5 or CAT 6 cable in a star topology from a hub. These outlets will make for a nice and neat installation and will make the room ready to connect a computer to the network. is that you do not have to install a computer on every outlet. This way you can identify each location.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Putting it all together Installing the media is a task that is often best left to someone who specializes in cable installation. The next step will be a patch cable that runs between the network adapter card and the outlet. . One thing to remember about these patch cables is that their length must be considered as part of the overall length of the cable. Each cable is in turn connected to one of the outlets and a patch cable is then used to connect it to the hub. Connecting to a computer Cable to Hub The connection of the cables to the hub will usually take place in the “server room.

155 . Because it must connect to both the computer and the media. Therefore you must know the requirements of each. there are three things to consider: • • • Network Compatibility Media Compatibility Computer Compatibility Connecting to a NIC Specialized Solutions. This card is a circuit board with all the electronic circuitry and components necessary to physically connect to the computer and the media. Once that is done. Inc. there is one more part of the Physical layer that must be installed. Actually.Chapter 6 – Network Design Connecting to a Hub Network Adapter Cards Installing the cabling for a network is literally installing the Physical layer of the network. That part is the network adapter card. we must select a card that is compatible with both.

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In general. a 10 Mbps card (10BaseT) will work on a 100 Mbps network (100BaseTX). Some of the newer 100BaseTX cards will work on a 10BaseT network. Note: Laptops and proprietary computers will have special cards designed to fit their architecture. For example. will change. and therefore the speed at which data can be moved. you must have Token Ring cards. the number of connectors. a Specialized Solutions. The different types of cards are designated by the orientation and number of these connections. Not all cards are the same. so you will have to check the documentation to be sure of their meaning. This section will look at compatibility issues. you will have to know the type of expansion slots used in the computer and whether or not there are any free slots. Card to Network Network adapter card compatibility is simple. and expansion projects. Network cards are designed to meet the standards of the bus. or three) that indicate the status of the card. There are four types of cards that you will encounter (ISA. These are little LEDs (one. Inc. EISA. but only at 10 Mbps. Some network cards provide diagnostic lights. Making incompatible components work together is possible in most instances. but only at 10 Mbps. This bus is a group of parallel conductors that carry digital information to and from the CPU to all parts of the computer. The actual connection between the card and the bus is called an expansion slot because of the way the cards are installed. Depending on the vintage of the computer. The processor (CPU) in a computer will communicate with the expansion cards through the expansion bus. and PCI). there are compatibility issues on both sides of the interface. Laptops generally use PCMCIA cards. Building across-theboard compatibility for hardware and software at the design stage will simplify future maintenance and troubleshooting. Also. 157 . but requires some knowledge of the inside workings of a computer. The adapter card (NIC) must be able to communicate on the network using the same standards and protocols as the other components. Adapter Card Compatibility A network card acts as the interface between the computer and the network.Chapter 6 – Network Design Network and Hardware Compatibility Network compatibility is a key consideration in network design. the card must be compatible with the computer. Therefore. which can be a useful tool. In addition to being compatible with the network. An Ethernet card simply won’t work on a Token Ring network. Micro Channel. also called PC Cards. If you are installing a Token Ring network. Before purchasing a network card. the speed of the card is important. The best way to find out is to remove the case and look. Resolving these issues is actually quite simple. two. administration. On one side of the circuit card are a group of gold “fingers” that fit into the slot to provide the electrical connection. but in the long run this will add significantly to the cost and time requirements of maintenance.

Configure the IRQ and I/O address. be sure to follow ESD (electro-static discharge) procedures.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide green light indicates that a proper network connection exists and a flashing yellow light indicates that data is being transferred. be sure that no other device has already been assigned the IRQ or I/O address. You need to configure the card to work with your network software. it only means that the proper connection has been established between the card and the network. you can usually download them from the manufacturer’s web site. If there are any conflicts. Remove the case and install it into a free expansion slot. First ensure that it is compatible with your system (network and computer). but you are not finished yet. Card and Computer Installing a network adapter card is not any different than installing any other expansion card in a computer. If you don’t have the driver or want to make sure that you have the latest driver. In most cases with a new card. Note: Many computers that are designated as servers or gateways can have more than one network card installed. . you may need to download a new driver in order to make it work or to increase its performance. the following is a generic procedure that defines the key points that you must follow: Purchase the card. Physically install the card. Each card must be configured for a different network. Many operating systems already include drivers for most network cards. Hint: you may not want to put the case back on until you have confirmed that the card is working. The details of installation will vary depending on the type of computer and the operating system installed. Note: If you must remove the case. you may still have to manually set some jumpers or switches. In addition. Drivers are usually supplied with the network card. If your system is not Plug-n-Play. Since describing the installation of a network adapter card for every system is beyond the scope of this training course. if you upgrade your operating system. Understanding the installation process is the key to preventing conflicts. You still need to bind the card to the network protocols that you are going to use. Finally. Now the network adapter card is installed. the computer may not boot or the conflicting devices might not be able to work simultaneously. If you must do this manually. Keep in mind that a green light does not mean that the computer is properly configured and you can use the network. this will be done with the installation software or by the operating system. Inc. Install the appropriate drivers for the card. you will need to check the documentation for the network operating system that you are using. Connect the network cabling. 158 Specialized Solutions.

For example.Chapter 6 – Network Design Media Compatibility Media compatibility is the ability of the cabling to physically connect to the card. For example. the decision may end up with the company’s management and you will have to work with it. as some individuals will not want to change their way of doing things just to have a network. Specialized Solutions. If you encounter this type of situation. as well as possible solutions. 159 . However. While this makes good sense to the accounting department. In the case of UTP. it can create havoc when you have to connect them and actually have them communicate. the card should have an RJ-45 connector. it is your responsibility to point out the strengths and weaknesses of each scenario. AppleTalk employs a DIN-type connector and IBM Token Ring uses a DB-9 connector. Computer Compatibility Computer compatibility is often a serious problem encountered when installing a network in an existing facility. and possibly three. These types of problems can be more personal in nature. the card must have a coaxial BNC connector. A typical problem encountered with highly departmentalized companies is that each department has its own preferences. For Thinnet or Thicknet. Inc. and the administrative department may just be thankful for having whatever they could get their hands on. To increase marketability of their cards. different connectors allowing for multiple installation scenarios. You may have to connect some older “legacy” hardware with some new high-speed high-tech machines. the engineering department may be PC-based. The bottom line is to be sure to look before you buy. Many growing companies purchase their computers only as needed and will select the best buy of the day. some manufacturers will provide two. Some STP cards require special connectors. the graphics arts department may be Macintosh-based.

With this information in hand. and knowledge of the network operating system. By defining the standards to which the network must comply.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Preventing Compatibility Problems There are really only two methods of resolving compatibility issues. Hard Work Hard work and attention to detail are your only allies when it comes to setting up a network from an existing system. . you will be assured that any new additions will function properly. you should be able to predict potential hardware compatibility problems and take action to prevent them. we learned about network protocols and standards. with identical computers that were purchased from the same supplier. As long as the system is designed to meet the same standards. you are going to have your work cut out for you. 160 Specialized Solutions. hard work and standards. you will need to establish the standards for your network. Standards are one way in which hardware and software suppliers can develop a product and be assured that it will work with the products of other suppliers. With this done. Unless you are very lucky and are installing a new network. and detail both its hardware and software. Your only recourse is to document every computer and piece of hardware that must be connected to the network. As the network designer or administrator. This will most likely require that you remove covers and identify components such as the modem and the network card. You will also need to know the type of processor and the type and number of available expansion slots. Inc. that were identically configured. boot up each computer and note the operating system and any installed software. each component will work with the others. Standards Earlier in this training course. if installed.

Also. A good example is Windows 95. the system will not run. have you ever tried it? You can run Windows 95 without a mouse by using only keystrokes. Minimum Requirements When evaluating or considering an upgrade or change of an operating system. These are the bare minimum requirements to run the system. you probably do not have the necessary drivers.Chapter 6 – Network Design Resolving Compatibility Problems No matter how careful you are. The first thing you need to do is determine if the original disks/CD that came with the device has the drivers to match the new operating system. however. If the operating system was released after you purchased the device. The networking industry is in a constant state of change and unless you want to be left behind. Drivers for a particular device are not always available for all operating systems. Most manufacturers will also publish suggested minimum requirements. Microsoft says that you do not need a mouse to run this operating system. sooner or later you will encounter compatibility problems. network card and/or printer no longer work. the Internet is the answer. you will need to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for the minimum requirements to operate. you will need to upgrade. when upgrading from Windows 98 to Windows XP. For example. Some devices do not have drivers for all operating systems. you find that your modem. If drivers exist. but your proficiency will be very low. This is a true statement. Most hardware compatibility problems are resolved by installing the latest drivers. You should always confirm the availability of drivers before purchasing an unknown device. there are several web sites that specialize in downloading drivers. you will be able to locate and download them from the manufacturer’s web site. only that if you don’t meet these requirements. all you need to do is install the Windows XP drivers for the offending hardware. These requirements by no means indicate what you should purchase. These will be somewhat higher than the required minimum and are what you need to operate the system at a normal performance rate. More than likely. Inc. Specialized Solutions. In this case. The later Windows operating systems require a mouse as one of the minimum requirements. 161 .

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide The following table lists an example of the minimum requirements for three operating systems: HCL and Windows 2000 To help alleviate compatibility issues some manufacturers provide HCLs. or to confirm whether or not your existing hardware will work with Windows 2000. it most likely will not work with Windows 2000. 162 Specialized Solutions. An operating system such as Microsoft Windows 2000 is hardware dependent. It is considered an advanced operating system and will not work with all hardware. This list will ship with the 2000 package (on the CD-ROM) and 2000 will make a check during installation.com/windows/catalog. Inc. If you want the latest list. This is part of the Windows Logo program. you can get it from one of Microsoft’s web sites.microsoft. To assist in making an informed purchasing decision. or hardware compatibility lists. especially with the newest operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. If you were to purchase an econo-version of a computer or one that is highly proprietary. Here you will find the latest information about hardware and software that is Designed for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 or at least tested to be compatible with these operating systems. . is the Microsoft Windows Catalog at www. Microsoft Windows Catalog Still another web site to check for compatibility of hardware and software. You can also look for the corresponding logos on the boxes of hardware and software that you are considering purchasing for your network. you will need to check the HCL for that product.

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Inc. 7. Your company just bought ten new computers and all are guaranteed to meet the minimum requirements of Windows XP. How do you know if a new piece of hardware will work with Windows XP? 164 Specialized Solutions. Was this a good purchase? 9. he intends to expand the network in the future. . Is NetBEUI a good protocol to use with a large WAN? 6. but they are not all the same. What are the two tools required to initiate a network design? 2. Give one reason why you should recommend that he spend a little more now and install CAT 6 cabling instead of CAT 5. However. What are the two areas of concern when starting a network project? 3. Your client is installing a small Ethernet network and trying to save money at the same time. What are the two most prominent reasons to choose a peer-to-peer network? 4. Your accounting office found a really good deal on network cards.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 6 1. Why should you refuse this offer? 8. What is the number one reason for choosing a client/server network? 5. You are expanding your network and will need to invest in 50 to 100 new network cards.

Inc. Specialized Solutions. you cannot use an Ethernet hub on a Token Ring network.Expanding a Network No matter how well you design a network. This chapter will discuss several techniques for expanding a network. Expanding a LAN with Hubs A common method for expanding networks is to use a hub.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Chapter 7 .” you may also hear them referred to as: • • • • Concentrators MAU or MSAU– Multistation Access Unit (Token Ring) Patch Panel SMAU – a Smart MAU Hubs can be either active or passive. sooner or later. Active hubs can be used to extend the length of network cabling by connecting them in a series. There are several different types of hubs. A hub is a device that acts like the central station for all computers on the network. from simple five-connector hubs used to connect five devices. it may be too small. 165 . In addition to being called “hubs. Passive hubs do not use external power and are used only to concentrate the cables in a common location. For example. An active hub will require power and will often provide some form of signal conditioning (amplifies weak signals). to larger hubs that can connect many more computers.

When the time comes to make a serious expansion to a LAN. Depending on the objectives of the LAN. Repeaters work in the Physical Layer of the OSI model. . Repeaters A repeater is a device that is used to extend the cable length on a network. there are several other devices that can be used to expand a network. Long waits to access a printer or file. Repeater Bridges A bridge does the same things as a repeater. thereby compensating for signal loss due to long cable lengths. you will have to employ one or more different pieces of hardware. have increased response times. amplify the signal. Each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Traffic-generating applications. You are just plain tired of your old system and want to get your system updated. such as databases. 166 Specialized Solutions. but has one additional feature. A bridge can be used to isolate segments on a LAN. Fortunately. They do not translate or filter any information. Bridges work in the Data Link Layer of the OSI model. They do however. thus reducing the traffic for each segment. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide When a LAN is Too Small There are several reasons to consider expanding a LAN: • • • • Too much network traffic. the simple hub just won’t do the job.

Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Bridge Routers A router has all of the features of a bridge. but it can switch packets across multiple networks. Router Gateway Gateways make it possible to connect different network architectures. Specialized Solutions. Routers can also determine the best path for “routing” traffic and filter broadcast traffic on the local segment. Routers work at the Network layer of the OSI model. the NetBEUI protocol is not routable. Inc. Not all network protocols will work with a router. For example. Think of a gateway as a computer that acts as a translator between two networks that don’t speak the same language. 167 . It is an entrance to another network that controls traffic on your network.

we most commonly think of our local telephone company or one of the long distance carriers. and satellite connections. When thinking of telephone lines. Typically. Speed for leased lines can reach 45 Mbps.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Gateway Connection Services When expanding a network beyond the local area cable boundaries. the distance the data must travel. An example of such a system is the telephone company. or dedicated. 168 Specialized Solutions. These are our standard telephone connections. The second choice is leased. Just because the cost looks good. these connections are slow and not very reliable. When considering which connection service to use. there are two levels of service to consider. Inc. When thinking of a carrier. Keep in mind that there are many carrier companies that provide many different services at a variety of rates. These powerful full-time dedicated connections do not use a series of switches to complete the connection. With dial-up networking. microwave. . each computer must use a modem and establish a direct connection. Some of the newer digital services will claim to have a speed of 56 Kbps. be sure to take into account your throughput. it is likely that you will need to connect to a third party’s cabling system. and the cost of the service. Carriers Carriers are the companies that we contract with to carry our data over long distances. The first is public dial-up network lines. does not mean that it is the best value. Be careful when choosing a carrier. Be sure to compare them on an equal basis and look for hidden costs. lines. They are providing the cabling. but connecting at this rate is rare.

WAN links can include any of the following: • • • • • Cable Television Coaxial Systems Fiber-Optic Cable Microwave Transmitters Packet Switched Networks Satellite Links Those using a WAN link to connect LANs will need to use CSU/DSUs. Most WANs are a collection of LANs. These physically larger networks will appear to function the same as a LAN. routers and communications services are used to create a WAN. Specialized Solutions. items such as bridges. The CSU is responsible for both the signals received from the WAN. The DSU is responsible for converting both the input and output between the frame types between the LAN and the WAN. It is based on PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). if necessary. It also changes the frame type back when frames are sent back.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network WAN Overview When the physical capabilities and distance limits of a LAN need to be exceeded. There are two types of PSTN: dial-up lines and dedicated analog lines. It can regenerate the signal. Communication between LANs will involve one of the following technologies: • • • Analog Digital Packet Switching Analog Connectivity Analog communication is the one that we are most familiar with. 169 . and deals with timing issues. A CSU/DSU (Channel Service Unit/Data Service Unit) is a hardware device responsible for changing the frame type from whatever the LAN is using into a frame that will work on the WAN. Inc. as well as those transmitted to it. You can also use ISDN adapters if you are using ISDN PRI for WAN connectivity.

Voice with some quality control. Voice/radio with tone conditioning. Dedicated lines are far more expensive. Digital Connectivity When you need a faster. . This is because you lease the line 100% of the time and therefore do not have to dial-in. Voice and data over trunk circuits. you need DDS (Digital Data Service). Voice and video. Basic data. Data applications below 1200 bps. The down-side of these lines is that you will have to pay for them 100% of the time instead of on an “as used” basis. Dedicated analog lines provide an instant connection. Voice and data over trunks between computers. Voice and data over private lines. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Analog Signal The dial-up lines can be further classified as: Line Type Description 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Basic voice. 170 Specialized Solutions. but if you have sufficient traffic. they can be justified. The primary reason for using digital lines is that they are 99% error-free. Application relays. more secure line than can be provided by an analog connection.

Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Digital Signal T1 is the most widely used type of digital line. and video signals.520 or 622. 171 .52 Mbps Either 155.048 Mbps 34. data. Inc. It is capable of 1.080 (can reach 10 Gbps) OC-1 OC-3 ATM 1 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A The T1 and the T3 standard are American.544 Mbps transmissions. whereas the E1 and the E3 are the European standard.736 Mbps 2.544 Mbps 44. It can be used to transmit digital voice. faster download than upload 51.368 Mbps Varies depending ISP.8 Mbps 155. Specialized Solutions. The following table lists the most common connection types: Connection Type T1 T3 E1 E3 XDSL T1/E1/OC1 Channels 1 28 1 16 N/A Voice Channels DATA RATE (MBPS) 24 672 32 512 N/A 1.

Inc. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Circuit-switched Networks Circuit-switched networks set up a continuous direct connection between the individual calling and the one being called. A packet switched network provides multiple paths that packets could travel from source to destination. each packet was examined at each step in the path to determine whether it was damaged. X. a packet may be sent over multiple permanent virtual circuits (PVCs). Obviously. Circuit-switched Network Packet Switching Networks Packet switching is a means of providing fast. Standard PSTN lines have a very limited bandwidth of less than 56 Kbps. 172 Specialized Solutions.25 based packet switched networks. all of which are considered reliable. These lines can. since the infrastructure of the phone line we use today was created long before the advent of the personal computer and the Internet. however. In older. For this reason. Today’s networks use a different technology referred to as Frame Relay. this particular type of network is not suited for most companies’ business needs. and reliable network messaging. Frame Relay does not check the packet at each step in its route. This made for a very reliable and very slow connection. so it can be both reliable and fast. POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) or the telephone lines are the most common example of this type of network. With Frame Relay. convenient. be used for somewhat secure remote access by employing the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and tunneling protocols.

It is best understood as a “logical” LAN.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Packet Switching VLAN Virtual LANs (VLANs) can be viewed as a group of devices on different physical LAN segments that can communicate with each other as if they were all on the same physical LAN segment. An administrator might set up a VLAN based on certain departments within his company. This allows the administrator the luxury of modifying the VLAN. 173 . or by the specific use of the computers.) by another means apart from how they are connected physically and geographically. etc. Inc. which lays out hosts (computers. without having to change the physical picture of the network. or any other logical means.” Specialized Solutions. adding computers or adjusting resources. printers. This type of network is most closely associated with a “campus environment.

ATM is relatively new and will require special hardware and bandwidth to reach its full potential. and imaging. . and focuses on the home and business market. It will support 500 computers and run at 100 Mbps. they currently operate at as high as 622 Mbps with most commercial boards operating at 155 Mbps. has two 64 Kbps 174 Specialized Solutions. One of these may just provide you with the necessary bandwidth and speed that you need. while using copper telephone wires. ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network was one of the early digital services. ATM is not media dependent and will operate on coaxial. However. or fiber optic. you might consider some of the advanced WAN technologies. twisted pair.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide VLAN Advanced WAN Environments If the existing services available do not meet the needs of your WAN. While not a good choice for WANs. It was designed specifically for Token Ring networks and has a maximum ring length of 100 Kilometers (62 miles). These cells can speed communication because the network always know exactly what to expect in regard the size of the next cell. it will provide a secure network that is immune to interference. ISDN BRI (Basic Rate Interface). audio. it is a good choice for LANs that require large bandwidth and high speeds. which is intended for use in the home or small business. This means that the choice of media will limit the maximum speed of the network.Fiber Distributed Data Interface is the basis of fiber optic communication. Because it is fiber optic-based. It is. Inc. These systems are designed to operate at a throughput rate of 1. video. media limited.2 Gbps. ATM can be used with FAX. As well as the common voice and data. FDDI . in actuality. ATM . however.Asynchronous transfer mode uses fixed length (53 byte) cells instead of packets.

ISDN PRI (Primary Rate Interface). Inc. data and video at rates ranging from 51. has twentythree 64 Kbps B-channels for data or voice (1.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network B-channels for data or voice (128 Kbps). Internationally. a call. much like E1 is to T1. SONET SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) is a fiber optic-based technology that specifies the speeds at which the equipment can multiplex signals from sources into high-speed carrier devices. It uses Synchronous Transport Modules (STM).84 Mbps (OC-1) all the way up to 40 Gbps (OC-768). This service is provided by some local companies and works well for MAN installations (compatible with IEEE 802. To be more precise.544 Mbps). SMDS SMDS . SDH SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) is a standard technology for synchronous data transmission on optical media. Specialized Solutions.Switched Multimegabit Data Service offers high bandwidth at speeds of up to 34 Mbps. and one 64 Kbps D-channel for control. and one 16 Kbps D-channel for control.6). It includes a set of signal rate multiples for transmitting digital signals on optical fiber (OCx). The data-rate can vary anywhere from STM-1 (155 Mbps) up to STM-64 (10 Gbps). it is considered the equivalent of Synchronous Optical Network. it is the European equivalent of SONET. It is capable of transmitting voice. It carries all the bits from say. within one transmission frame. 175 . which is intended for use by large businesses. like OCx with SONET.

The problem with these devices is that they all have limitations that prevent long distance communication. a given Baud rate could transmit data at 2. To overcome this and increase the speeds of data transmission via modems. As we have already learned. designers learned how to place several signals within one cycle. and media. .32 V. FAX modems will send and receive data at speeds up to 14. However. Today. With early modems. Speeds will range from very slow speeds of 300 bps to 56. To increase our network beyond a few computers. Some of the basic functions of a modem are to: • • Convert digital signals used by computers into analog signals that can be transmitted via telephone lines. there is a limit of 2400 Baud.400 bps. The name is derived from the words MOdulate and DEModulate. The following is a list of common “V” ratings: Standard V. modems have reached a new technology limit of 56. Originally modem speeds were measured in terms of Baud. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Modems Expanding a network requires an understanding of the additional devices necessary to make the connections. Convert the parallel digital data into serial digital data.600 bps. etc. 4.600 bps. With this change. the Baud rate was equal to the bps. Modems are available in both internal (standard expansion card) and external (connected to a serial port and has its own power supply) versions.32bis bps 2400 9600 Notes An old standard. A modem is a device that makes it possible to communicate long distances over standard telephone lines or cable. 14.32 standard. These speeds are measured as bits per second. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. connecting a few computers to form a local area network requires cabling and network cards. This limit cannot be exceeded without encountering signal distortion. The Baud rate equals the frequency in cycles per second that can be transmitted via telephone lines. Modems transmit data at various speeds.400 High-speed version of the V. Inc. 176 Specialized Solutions. Modems are classified by a “V” rating. due to the physical characteristics of copper wire and the effects of transmitting signals over long distances.22bis V. times as fast as the Baud rate. Therefore. or over long distances. network cards. the term Baud has disappeared and been replaced with bps. 8. requires some additional hardware that will overcome the limitations of the cables.

800 Improved V.200 Not officially a standard yet. modems.90 19. 56.34 V. Specialized Solutions. Backwards compatible with earlier V. 57.600 Backwards compatible with earlier V. 177 .42 V.600 56K modem standard – resolved competition for standard between US Robotic X2 and Rockwell K56 Flex standards.32terbo V.32terbo. Will only communicate with another V.FastClass. Inc. 28.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network V. modems – error correction standard.

On the other hand. either via modems and telephone lines. By running Network Connections Wizard and following the simple 178 Specialized Solutions. the COM port provides the parallel to serial data conversion that is necessary to complete a connection. . Dial-up networking is the client-side of the connection. A COM port is a 9pin male connector (it can be 25-pin but this is not as common as the 9-pin) on the back of the computer. both of these terms mean the same thing. You may be more familiar with the term dial-up network (DUN). The trick is that you cannot use just any cable with 9-pin female connectors. You must use a Null-Modem cable. In addition. Both computers will have to run compatible software so that one will act as a server and the other as a client. the server that you call (your Internet Service Provider) is providing a RAS connection to you – it is the server that is providing the connection to the Internet for you. Also. The difference between a simple computer (Windows XP or Windows 95/98) and a RAS server (such as Windows Server 2003) is the number of inbound connections. A system running Windows XP or Windows 95/98 will allow only one inbound connection. or directly via COM ports and a cable. Since the two computers are directly connected. Actually. the computer is acting as a server or gateway to a network and will receive calls via a modem from other computers. or RAS (pronounced RAZ) connection. all you need to do is connect a cable between a COM port on each computer. so this cable eliminates that part of a modem connection. while a true server like Windows Server 2003 will allow 256 inbound connections. The difference is how each computer is being utilized. With RAS. When connecting two computers in close proximity (same room or building). there will be no need to connect to telephone wires or dial a number. when you access your Internet connection from your computer at home (via a modem connection) you are establishing a dial-up connection –you are the client. Let’s first look at connecting two computers. There are many off-the-shelf software packages that will perform this type of communication. For example. RAS Connection Connecting Two Computers Establishing a remote connection can be either between two computers or between a remote computer and a network. Windows XP has an feature called a direct cable connection. This is a specially wired cable that actually replaces the modem. Any two computers can be connected. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Remote Access Computing (RAS) One of the most common forms of expanding a network is through a Remote Access Server.

your computer will have to make the phone call and provide the necessary security authentication information to the server. On the client side. From this accessory. Normally. both computers must be using the same protocol. the server will answer the phone and allow the connection if you are an authorized user. Inc. the client computer will establish the connection via DUN software. With this in place. but is still in use with some systems. RAS Protocols In order for any connection to work. you can connect any two Windows-based computers and share data with only a cable connection. 179 . you can set up the proper configuration for the connection and dial the appropriate number. On the server side. While this was the protocol of choice for a Specialized Solutions. the RAS software must be installed and running. Windows (95/98 and NT) has an accessory called Dial-Up Networking.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network instructions provided. RAS/DUN supports various connection protocols to ensure proper connections and security. Direct Cable Connection Making a RAS connection to a server is similar to a direct connection but. This is a relatively old standard (1984). These protocols are: • • • • • • • • • SLIP (Single Line Interface Protocol) PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) L2TP (Layer Two Tunneling Protocol) SSL (Secure Socket Layer) TLS (Transport Layer Security) Kerberos (Greek mythology – three-headed canine who guards Hades’ gates) ICA (Independent Computing Architecture) SLIP (Single Line Interface Protocol) Serial Line Interface Protocol is a standard protocol for connections using TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol). in this case. The server you are contacting may be an individual computer or a server that provides access to a larger network. you will use a modem to establish the connection.

It cannot encrypt logon information. created by PPTP and other tunneling protocols. • • • • • IPsec IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) is a framework of open standards for security at the Network layer of the OSI model. It enables highly private network links over the public Internet. NetBEUI. This is accomplished by encapsulating one protocol with another protocol.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide long time. Some of these improvements include: • • • • Support for TCP/IP. It supports only TCP/IP. Some of these disadvantages include: • • • • • It requires a static IP address for each node. It provides security. . It transmits in text only. IPX. AppleTalk. With the rapid growth of the Internet and remote communications. PPP was intended to overcome these limitations and is very common today. It supports encrypted passwords. Inc. It’s only supported by RAS clients. It provides data compression and error control. RAS and Security. Secure transmission over TCP/IP networks. It can be used in conjunction with VPNs (Virtual Private 180 Specialized Solutions. the limits of SLIP caused many problems. VPN (Virtual Private Networks). such that only the sender and the receiver can accurately interpret the data that is being sent. as a less explensive alternative to costly leased lines. It is designed to protect IP packets as well as to provide defense against network attacks. Many organizations are using tunnels. in today’s networks it has several disadvantages. PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) The Point-to-Point Protocol was designed as an upgraded protocol to SLIP. Encrypted Connections. PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) provides for a secure encrypted tunnel for communication through the Internet. and DECnet.

discussed here in the next chapter. and Macintosh computers.. Kerberos V5. usually a user’s credit card number. which is the highest security method. Inc. ESP. and a processor in the range of 200 MHz to 300 MHz. L2TP offers many advantages over PPTP. most relating to higher security. Unlike PPTP. It allows a user to request an encrypted ticket. L2TP Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) is the latest version of the tunneling protocol.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Networks) and remote access for users who need access to resources on a private network. it does not require IP connectivity. It can work with SSL and uses Triple DES encryption (three 56-bit keys). . authenticates the sender of data and encrypts the data as well. Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory use this type of security by default. ICA can be used with Windows. both sending and receiving. a bare-bones operating system (such as Windows CE). SSL The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol for addressing the security of an Internet transmission between a client and a server. It functions at the Data-link layer of the OSI model and is used in conjunction with VPNs. It is included in both Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Netscape’s Navigator and it is a complimentary addition to HTTPS. Thin clients are computers with no hard drive. TLS TLS (Transport Layer Security) is the evolution of SSL. It is based on an end-to-end security model.509) and preshared keys can be used for authentication in conjunction with IPsec. certificates (like X. limited RAM. UNIX. or virtual proof-of-identity cards so the user can request a service from a server. Linux. It combines Cisco’s Layer 2 Forwarding (L2F) with PPTP. meaning that the computers. Specialized Solutions. are the ones aware of the IPsec transmission. 181 . it only establishes the user’s identity. as does Novell Directory Services (NDS). AH only authenticates the user. It uses a key to encrypt the data. Kerberos Kerberos is a secure method for authenticating a request for a service in a computer network. IPsec allows for either ESP (Encapsulating Security Payload) or AH (Authentication Header). It does not provide authorization. ICA (Independent Computing Architecture) ICA is a remote connection established using Citrix software (like WinFrame or MetaFrame) and a thin client environment. It is transparent to the user.

As with all security measures. Before installation. Inc. you must implement or enable them during configuration of the RAS server. The type of communication port you intend to configure. you will have to collect all the information from your operating system supplier to ensure that you have everything necessary. Callback Security One method of providing both security and cost control is to require the server to callback anyone that attempts to logon. By requiring RAS to call back to the client that is requesting a connection. If another software package has “control” of the modem. RAS provides several layers of security. you can restrict the numbers that RAS will call. In addition. Security Host (Bastion Host) A security host or bastion host is a separate server that works between the RAS server and the client. the modem configuration. Be sure to check everything including the RAS configuration. and any other software that might use the modem. This audit can include who signed on and when they signed on. This feature can also be used to ensure long distance charges are charged to the company rather than the caller. Installing and Configuring RAS Installing RAS on a server is dependent on the network operating system installed on the server. . and thus more security. This is a great benefit for those who travel for business and need access to the network. At a minimum you will need to know the following: • • • Your modem specifications including having the appropriate drivers for your network and/or computer operating system. Are there any client protocols that will have to be enabled? • What are the security requirements of the connection/network? Troubleshooting a RAS setup While not usually complicated. If it does not work the first time. therefore ensuring that the connection is legitimate. you will have to carefully go through all the configuration parameters and check every one. your new RAS system may not be able to gain access. All it takes is one number or check mark out of place to prevent the connection from working properly. you will need to collect data on the type of connection you intend to make and the specifics of the computer hardware and network. 182 Specialized Solutions. installing RAS can be frustrating.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide In addition to providing remote sharing of information. This provides for additional authentication. Here is a summary of RAS security functions: Auditing The server can create and maintain an audit trail of all connections.

you will need to understand both its strengths and weaknesses. it is not always the solution for every network. you want to keep the costs down. Specialized Solutions. As a networking professional. The latest Microsoft server operating systems such as Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 have wizards that make installing an RAS server much simpler. and you don’t need a fulltime connection.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Limitations of RAS As good as RAS is. Inc. You should consider RAS when your bandwidth is less than 128 Kbps. 183 .

Definition . Keyword Analog Signal Bridge Carrier Concentrator CSU/DSU Digital Signal DUN Frame Relay Gateway Hubs ICA Ipsec ISDN Kerberos L2TP MAU PPP PPTP RAS Repeater Router SDH 184 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. Inc. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.

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Name three advanced WAN environments. and a gateway. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 7 1. Name three RAS protocols. Define a repeater. a router. 9. What is the difference between a hub and a MAU? 2. What is analog communication? 5. 10. Describe the difference between BAUD and bps. 186 Specialized Solutions. 4. a bridge. 7. What are the two components of remote network accessing? 8. Name four forms of RAS security. What is the difference between an active hub and a passive hub? 3. A form of digital line that is capable of 1.544 Mbps transmissions is called? 6. .

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The four layers are: Application. and were even built into the Berkeley Standard Distribution. It is important for the networking professional to know that TCP/IP is used on the Internet and that it can be used with almost any network operating system. The TCP/IP protocol suite includes a number of protocols. TCP/IP is now the standard on all versions of UNIX. some are considered to be Internet standards. TCP/IP was designed to accommodate a large internetworking environment comprising several different types of computers. TCP/IP is a routable protocol that provides full duplex connections. Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is the most common Transport layer protocol (based on the OSI Model). Specialized Solutions. This is the most common protocol suite with which a networking professional works. such as SMTP. TCP is built on top of IP (Internet Protocol). Internet and Network Interface. the recognized standard for internetworking altogether. which will be discussed later in the chapter. These standards. The TCP/IP suite consists of four layers. and the Internet. Also. It is also used with Ethernet networks. SNMP. these protocols were available on UNIX early on. RFC (Request For Comments) A series of documents called RFCs (Request For Comments) serve as the standards that were used in the development of TCP/IP. it has evolved into the protocol of the Internet. TCP/IP is an open protocol and is considered to be an industry standard. known as BSD UNIX. Its popularity is largely attributed to the fact that it is not owned by a specific vendor. and is in fact. From this beginning. 189 . Although RFCs are not true standards (they are documents that describe work in progress). Inc. intranets. Transport. Full duplex means that data can travel in both directions at once. TCP/IP was developed by the Department of Defense agency (DARPA) in the 1960s as part of a military research project. as well as Internet standards. are the responsibility of the IAB (Internet Activities Board). and FTP. Each layer maps to one or more layers of the OSI model. and is usually seen in the combination.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Introduction to TCP/IP TCP/IP is an internet (between network) protocol. TCP/IP.

.Transmission Control Protocol UDP – User Datagram Protocol IP – Internet Protocol ICMP – Internet Control Message Protocol ARP – Address Resolution Protocol 190 Specialized Solutions. There are actually five protocols that work within these layers to provide network connections. These five protocols are: • • • • • TCP. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TCP/IP and OSI The four layers that make up TCP/IP provide a guideline for this model.

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and for the Network+ exam. the origination point and destination point of the computers between which data travels are called ports. they can be retransmitted in a timely manner. A port is a virtual outlet that can be opened on a network device. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TCP/IP Protocols As a network technician. Let’s take a look at how this works. Inc. you will not have to be an expert on the workings of TCP/IP. However. called packets. On a TCP/IP network. This data exchange can be verified at various checkpoints. Let’s take a look at them. TCP operates by first establishing a connection-oriented session through the use of ports and sockets. and reassembles the data. there are five major protocols used within TCP/IP. or into even smaller units of measurement called datagrams. Should lost or corrupted packets be detected. TCP Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) functions at the Transport Layer of the OSI Model. TCP breaks data into tiny chunks. Port numbers are generally predetermined and correspond to a specific service that is running on a machine. Port numbers for some protocols are better known than others. you will need to know the various protocols and how they relate to the OSI model. Its job is to ensure that data transferred from one computer to another reaches its destination intact. It then routes the information to its destination. The following list provides a few examples: For: FTP TELNET SMTP HTTP POP3 Use Port 21 23 25 80 110 192 Specialized Solutions. It will then use the concept of sliding windows and acknowledgements to ensure fast and accurate data transmission. The Top Five TCP/IP Protocols As mentioned earlier.

This allows a receiving machine to collect packets out of order and hold them in a buffer until all packets in a specified group are received. Both machines have a sending and receiving window to buffer the data flow. If the transmission has not been successful. but does not acknowledge delivery. UDP User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is a connectionless protocol residing on the Transport layer of the OSI Model. IP merely routes the data. TCP tells IP that the data has arrived at its destination. the protocol number. The well-known ports are associated with the range of possible port numbers from 0 through 1023.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials The sending computer’s address is called the source port number. IP Internet Protocol (IP) is the Network layer part of TCP/IP. Connection-Oriented Communication means that direct communication is established between two machines. This communication is called a session and is used to provide guaranteed delivery between the two machines. FTP. or port numbers.. you are automatically connected to the correct port for that particular data type. which is responsible for moving the data from its origination point to its destination point. Sliding windows are used to increase the speed of data transfer. UDP transports data. The private or dynamic ports are associated with the range from 49152 through 65535. Transmission speed is increased by sending a window of information at a time without having to get an acknowledgment back for each packet. “port” and “socket” are often used interchangeably. The port number identifies the application associated with the data. a port is different from a socket. The registered ports are associated with the range from 1024 through 49151. UDP packets are delivered through ports and sockets and do not require the opening of a session. For each packet sent. Telnet. A socket is the combination of an IP address and a port number. an acknowledgement of receipt is returned. and the receiving computer’s address is called the destination port number. When you open a dial-up connection to the Internet. consist of a unique 16-bit numeric address ranging from 0 to 65. Although the terms. and specify a certain protocol. meaning that it establishes an end-to-end connection and starts transmitting without swapping control information. i.e. inserting its own header into the datagram when it is received from TCP. Acknowledgements are used to ensure the reliability of the data being transmitted. and a Specialized Solutions. TCP will retransmit the data. Inc. Think of it as a return receipt like the one you get from the Post Office when you want to be sure that a package has been delivered. The IP header consists of the source and destination addresses. The addresses. Both machines keep track of the data so that any packets not received can be resent.535. HTTP. The advantage of UDP over TCP is speed and is often used when transmitting streaming audio or video. etc. 193 . nor does it check for errors. IP is connectionless.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide checksum. The IP header is necessary so that gateways are able to determine where to route the datagram. Note: A checksum is simply a calculation that is performed on data by the sending computer. To be more specific, the checksum is the answer that is derived from this calculation. When the data arrives at the destination computer, the receiving computer performs the calculation. If the checksum is the same, the data is assumed to have arrived intact. The following are key elements of IP: Addressing – provides the address of both the sending and receiving machines. Broadcast – provides broadcast addressing within a network segment. Fragmenting and Reassembly – if data packets are too large for the underlying network, it will be broken down into a manageable packet size for transport. Routeability – provides routing information from one network to another. Time to Live – provides TTL data. This defines the number of hops a packet can make before it is discarded. ICMP Internet Control Message Protocol is part of the Internet layer. It is responsible for errors and messages regarding delivery of IP datagrams. ARP The Address Resolution Protocol is responsible for keeping track of the mapping of IP addresses to physical addresses. Each device on the network maintains an ARP cache. This cache contains a list of all the devices with which it is communicating. The contents of a cache can be displayed by using the ARP.exe command in Windows or the /sbin/arp command under UNIX. Other TCP/IP Protocols In addition to the top five, TCP/IP uses several other protocols: POP3 Post Office Protocol Version 3 (POP3) allows the client computer to retrieve E-mail from a POP3 server using a temporary connection. IMAP4 Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is also a protocol for accessing email from your local server. Your Internet server holds your incoming email until users logon and download it. It is more advanced than POP3 because you can use folders and mailboxes on the server, run searches, or access multiple mail servers. 194 Specialized Solutions, Inc.

Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials POP and IMAP allow a client to pull their mail from a server. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), a protocol for transferring e-mail between points on the Internet, which is what you use when you send out mail. SMTP is server to server, whereas POP or IMAP are client to server. SMTP Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is a server-to-server protocol that acts under the control of the message transport system. SMTP is used to transfer E-mail between computers, usually over the Internet. An easy way to think of it is SMTP stands for “Send Mail To People.” SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is the Internet protocol that manages nodes (individual computers) on an IP network. SNMP is not limited to TCP/IP. FTP File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a client-server protocol that allows a user to transfer files from one computer to another over a TCP/IP network. The user accesses a special directory hierarchy containing public access files, by typing in a user name, or the word “anonymous.” The password is the user’s E-mail address. Files may then be uploaded or downloaded between the computers. HTTP HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a client-server protocol that is used on the World Wide Web (www) to access HTML documents, such as web pages. HTTPS HTTPS (Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is a Web protocol that encrypts and decrypts, using SSL as a sub layer underneath HTTP, allowing access to a secure Web server. It uses port 443, the secure SSL port instead of port 80, the HTTP port. HTTPS, as well as SSL, allow for the use of X.509 digital certificates for authentication of a user.

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Naming conventions and addressing is a large part of networking and TCP/IP. Remember, we are working in two worlds, the computer world of numbers and our world of user-friendly names. Understanding the difference between these two worlds and how to work in both of them is an important part of networking. DNS Domain Name Service (DNS) is a network service that translates hostnames to IP addresses over a TCP/IP network. The network administrator defines and configures the DNS settings using a standardized lookup table. DNS functions like a telephone directory. The network administrator need only remember the host and domain names. A domain name server is a computer that "remembers" the user-friendly names of the other computers and their IP address numbers. For example, the domain bigcompany.com may have an IP address of 192.49.238.33. This allows users to simply remember the userfriendly name while the domain name server remembers the numbers used by the network computers. A domain is a group of computers that share a common general purpose, such as government, education, commerce, or interest. Internet domains are established in a hierarchical order. A Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) consists of a hostname and a domain name. The Internet Network Information Center (InterNIC, also known as Network Solutions) controls the top-level domains. These domains require suffixes such as .com for businesses or .edu for educational institutions. It is also common practice for various companies to register domain names for you.

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Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide The following table lists some Internet domains:

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WINS In a Windows-based network, the Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) is used to resolve NetBIOS computer names to their IP addresses. This is a dynamic service and requires that the workstation register with the WINS server each time it logs on to the network. NETBIOS NetBIOS defines a session-level interface and a session management/data transport protocol so computers can converse in session mode or send messages without connection in datagram mode, leaving the responsibility for error-checking up to the application. A NetBIOS name is a unique 16-byte address (only 15 can be used for the actual name) used to identify a NetBIOS resource on a network. There are four node types: B-node (broadcast), P-node (peer-peer), M-node (mixed – B and P) and H-node (hybrid – P and B). 198 Specialized Solutions, Inc.

Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials HOSTS file HOSTS file is a static text file that maps host names to IP. It predates DNS. It must be manually created and changed. LMHOSTS file LMHOSTS is static text file that are used to look up and resolve NetBIOS names and IP addresses. It predates WINS and is rarely used today. It must be manually created and changed. IP Gateway A gateway is used to connect two networks with dissimilar protocols. For example, it could connect a LAN to the Internet. In order for a gateway to work with the Internet, it must be assigned a static IP address. This means that it is permanently assigned. It would be difficult to find if it were constantly changing. DHCP Assigning IP addresses is like assigning telephone numbers, sooner or later we will run out of numbers. In smaller isolated networks, IP address assignment is not a big problem and each workstation or device can have a static address. However, as the number of addresses required increases, you will sooner or later come up with a number shortage. To resolve this, IP addresses can be dynamically assigned. That is, assigned on an “as needed” basis. Each host will lease an address only for the period of time required. When not needed, the address can be leased to another host. To accomplish this, you will need to use Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP). Upon logon a DHCP server will provide a client with an IP address, subnet mask, and a default gateway if needed. Notice that the IP addresses are leased. This means that they will expire after a specific amount of time. This is to prevent one user from monopolizing the connection. A lease can be renewed. When the term of the lease is at 50%, the client will send a request for renewal. If the demand for connections is low (there are spaces available), the lease will be renewed without interruption. If not renewed, the client will attempt to contact the DHCP server that issued it the IP address directly about every 5 minutes until it reaches 87.5% of the lease, at which time the client will broadcast a request to obtain an address from any available DHCP server. If all addresses are being used or a DHCP server does not respond, the lease will expire and the address will be assigned to another user. In this case, the original user will have to wait for an opening before getting another lease and a new IP address. BOOTP BOOTP (Bootstrap Protocol) is a protocol that is used by diskless workstations to obtain their IP addresses (as well as the server’s address and its default gateway) from a BOOTP server. BOOTP was the foundation of the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).

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and DNS. to share a single connection to the Internet. Proxy Server ICS ICS allows computers within a network. we talked about the client/server relationship in terms of the roles of various users and servers. the proxy server. Actually. The proxy server is actually making a connection to another network or to the Internet on behalf of the client. it serves many clients through only one connection. i. like a LAN. NAT. a NAT is just a device or program that translates one set of IP addresses to another set of IP addresses. depending on the direction in which the communication is traveling at any given time. IP Proxy Servers Earlier. who think they are communicating directly with one another. since it keeps the private IP addresses hidden from the outside world. It can also work in conjunction with Routing and Remote access. The user is connecting to the Internet via a secondary source. It allows for use of one public IP address for many private IP addresses. . In the case of a proxy server.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Connection Utilities NAT NAT (Network Address Translation) is the translation of an IP address used within an organization internally (private IP address) to an IP seen by the Internet (public IP address). The proxy server may function in the role of the server or the client. It contains DHCP. The proxy server is a liaison between the two parties. Inc. Compare this to a “he said-she said” scenario where an intermediary delivers the message between two parties who do not speak directly to each other. NAT also acts as a type of firewall. but it is most often used between a private network and the networks public address or addresses.e. ICS allows multiple users to fully utilize that connection by performing different tasks at the same time. 200 Specialized Solutions.

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2nd octet: The value of the 2nd octet is 39.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TCP/IP Addressing IPv4 Enough talk about IP address names. The result is called a dotted decimal number. they are broken down into four octets.2 billion) different numbers. Imagine how difficult it would be to have to remember a combination of 32 1s and 0s for each address. Inc.8. An octet is a group of eight binary digits and a period or “dot” separates these octets. 3rd octet: The value of the 3rd octet in our example is 8.294. 4th octet: And finally the value of our 4th octet is 194. Network computers require a unique IP address so that the other computers on the network can identify them and be able to communicate with them.00100111. let’s now take a look at IP address numbers. A 32-bit binary number can represent (232) or 4. If a network is internal and does not access the Internet. however. So the dotted decimal address of our example is 33. . Each of these octets represents a number from 0-256. A basic knowledge of the binary numbering system is required to understand network addressing: The 32-bit binary number: 00100001001001110000100011000010 Broken down into four octets: 00100001. it is not easy for us.39.296 (4. Although that is easy for a computer. 202 Specialized Solutions. the administrator may assign an IP address to each computer (as long as the number is unique).194. It is important that the networking professional have a basic understanding of these classes. are assigned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and these IP addresses are further divided into classes. Internet IP addresses.00001000. This IP address is a 32-bit binary number. To simplify these addresses.11000010 Each octet represents a number between 0-256: 1st octet: 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 ----------------------------------------------------------------16 8 2 1 128 64 32 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 ----------------------------------------------------------------128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ----------------------------------------------------------------32 16 8 4 2 1 128 64 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 -----------------------------------------------------------------128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 Adding the values assigned to the “1” positions gives us a value of 33 for the first octet.967.

8. Class D and Class E Addresses Class D cannot be used for networks (multicast) and Class E IP addresses are reserved for future use.8. The first octet of a Class C address is always a number between 192-223.39.194 would be an example of a Class A address. (A host may be any device on the network. The two octets in the center can be either assigned to the Network ID or the Host ID. In this class the first three octets are used for the Network ID and only the last octet is used for the Host ID. the first octet on the left is always part of the Network ID and the last octet on the right is always part of the Host ID. In this case 129. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class B address is always 1 (10000000). For the Network+ exam. The octet(s) on the left represents the Network ID (Network ID) and the octet(s) on the right represents the Host ID (Host ID).39 would be the Network ID and 8.194 would be the Host ID. Inc.8.194 where the Network ID would be 193. 01-126 128-191 192-223 (leading bit = 0) (leading bit = 1) (leading bits =11) Specialized Solutions. The class of the IP address determines which octets identify the Network ID and which octets identify the Host ID. The class can be determined by the value of the first octet. The first octet in a Class B address is always a number between 128 and 191. only the first octet is used for the Network ID and all three remaining octets identify the host (Host ID). An example of a Class B IP address would be 129.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials IP Addresses The dotted decimal number is further broken down into two components. the network is divided into classes. 203 . Class A Class B Class C Class A Addresses If the network applying for Internet IP addresses is extremely large.) The first octet in a Class A address is always a number between 1 and 126. An example of a Class C IP address would be 193. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class A address is always 0 (00000000). There are five common classes: A through E.8. Class B Addresses This class is assigned to medium sized networks.194. Depending on the assignment. The example we used to define a dotted decimal address of 33. Within classes.39. you should pay special attention the Classes A. Class C Addresses These are the most common and are used for smaller networks.194. The first two octets identify the network (Network ID) and the last two octets identify the host (Host ID). The leading bits in the binary representation of a Class C address are always 11 (11000000).39.39.8 and the Host ID would be 194. The first octet (33) would identify the network (Network ID) and the rest of the octets would identify the host (Host ID) 39. B and C.

B or C address. This organization is called InterNIC (Internet Network Information Center). Also.223 In addition. Class C .used for smaller networks that do not exceed 254 hosts.0. Class B . Class B IP addresses are all in use and no longer available. specifically 127. Class C has a large number of Network IDs and only a few Host IDs. Use the following table to memorize the different classes: CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C 1 .used for medium-sized networks. and they are responsible for the assignment and regulation of IP addresses. As we mentioned earlier. You can see that Class A has the largest number of hosts.214 possible Host ID numbers. Class C uses three octets for the Network ID and only one for the Host ID. . This is the loopback address. if a network is going to be connected to the Internet. Some IP Addresses are reserved for special purposes: If: All Zeros All Ones 127 Network ID This Network All Networks Local Node Host ID This Node All Nodes IP Address Default Route for RIP Broadcast It is important for the networking professional to be able to identify whether an IP address is a Class A. so there are only 254 addresses available for hosts.534 possible Host ID numbers. Likewise. Note: The existing shortage of addresses has made it impossible to obtain a Class A address for a long time. (For example. All in use and no longer available.used by very large networks. 204 Specialized Solutions. there are only 65. with the least number of Network IDs.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Since a Class A Network ID uses the remaining three octets to assign numbers for the Host ID. Inc.191 192 . there are 16. there are some IP addresses that are reserved for special purposes: Addresses that begin with 127 and 224 through 255 are used for testing purposes and for multicasting and are not available for normal host addresses. you must petition the official Internet authorities for the assignment of a network address. Class C IP addresses are still available.777.1) Class A . the Network ID of 127 designates the local node and allows that node to send a test packet to itself without generating network traffic.0. Class B uses two octets for the Network ID and two octets for the Host ID.126 128 .

then A to F) instead of decimal because of the length of the new addressing scheme. but at least one must be left in each 16-bit field.net. Anycast. An example of IPv6 is as follows: AAAA:BBBB:0000:0000:0000:0081:FFFF:DDDD A shorthand version of the previous IPv6 address: AAAA:BBBB:0:0:0:81:FFFF:DDDD Leading zeros can be taken out. It does. Unicast is an address for a single host. which only uses 32-bit addressing. VA 22070 You can also E-mail to hostmaster@internic. A double colon can be used to represent multiple contiguous fields of zeros. You can compact multiple fields of zero beyond the previous example. demand high bandwidth. IPv6 uses hexadecimal numbers (0 to 9. however. and Multicast. 205 . Here is an example of a Unicast address: 1070:0:0:0:7:777:300F:754B Specialized Solutions. For example. IPv6 uses format prefixes (FP). which are variable-length fields that comprise the high-order bits. It uses eight 16-bit pieces with colons as separators as opposed to the full stops used in IPv4.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Contact InterNIC at: Network Solutions InterNIC Registration Services 505 Huntmar Park Drive Herndon. This happens to supercede the rule about one zero having to be left in a field. The address types are Unicast. Rather than having “classes” like IPv4. as well as ease of configuration and security built right in. however. the following address 0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000 0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0005 can be represented in their compacted form by :: ::5 You cannot. It uses 128-bit addressing. as compared to IPv4. to define the address type. The benefits of IPv6 include improved scalability. It would make it unclear as to what was represented. use the double colon more than once in an IPv6 address. Inc. IPv6 (IP Next Generation) IPv6 (IP Next Generation) is the latest IP technology.

1 with IPv4. 206 Specialized Solutions. Finally. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Unicast addresses can be broken down further into four sub-groups: Global aggregatable address. just like 127. Link-local address and IPv4-compatible address. The Loopback address in IPv6 is 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 or ::1. IPv4-compatible IPv6 addresses have zeros in the section beyond the normal IPv4 32-bit address (0:0:0:0:0:0:A:B:C:D or ::A:B:C:D) Anycast is an address for a set of interfaces that typically belong to different hosts and is delivered to the closest one. A Site-local address uses the prefix FEC0::/10 and can be regarded as private addresses. IPv6 allows for a multitude of IP address possibilities for the future of networking. All in all. An aggregatable global address uses a fixed prefix of 2000::/3.0. which replaces broadcast. Inc. since they can be used to limit traffic to a domain.0. is an address for a group of hosts within a scope and has a FF00::/8 prefix. Multicast. Site-local address. Link-Local addresses use the FE80::/10 prefix and are used by hosts on a local link.

00000000 or 255. The number of 0s determines the maximum number of available hosts within the sub-network.0 Class A (16. If you “and” the IP address to the subnet mask.0 (Class B). By using subnets. In this example. separating it from the host portion of the address.0 (Class C).0. Subnet masks with full octets (255) are the default subnet mask. a subnet mask can be 255.255. The purpose of a subnet mask is to determine the network portion of the IP address.255.0.255.0 In regard to classful addressing . all the traffic within a building or campus will be kept locally except when it needs to go to another subnet.0. By using a concept called anding. Anding is the binary addition that the router uses to make this determination. You must however. have all 1s to the left and all 0s to the right.0 255. the results will be the actual network portion of that IP address (not necessarily the default network portion determined by its class). lets look at subnet masks.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Subnetting Subnetting is the process of creating more than one private network from one public network address by customizing your subnet mask. For example.255. or 225. 255. For example: 11111111. Default Subnet Masks 255.777.255. Before looking at anding. Specialized Solutions. You can use a subnet mask that does not completely use all the bits in an octet.255.00000000. which uses a certain logic to determine the network portion of the address.534 hosts) Class C (254 hosts) Note: You cannot use IP addresses with all 1s or all 0s. Since a router connects each subnet.216 hosts) Class B (65. only the traffic that is not local will pass through. This is done with binary addition (anding).255. A subnet mask is an IP address (dotted-decimal number) in which all ones represent the network portion of the IP address and all zeros represent the host portion of the IP address.0.0. Inc.0.0.11111111.0 (Class A). a router can determine which addresses are local and which addresses are for other subnets within the network. you can reduce the overall network traffic. 207 . a large university may have a network spread over several buildings and perhaps remote campuses.0 255.

8.32.8.32. Those 11 bits equal a network portion of 33.194 is determined by the zeros in the subnet mask.00000000. The remaining 21 bits in the IP address is the host portion This equals 7.0) Noticing that all the places that have ones.224.32. The following tables summarize IP addresses and subnet masks: 208 Specialized Solutions. The network and host portions do not break down neatly into octets since the subnet mask does not take up a complete second octet. thus reducing the traffic on the rest of the network.194) 11111111.00001000.00000000.8.00000000 (255.0.0. a router can determine if a message is for a destination on the local network or for a machine on a remote segment.194.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Remember.194. using our previous example of 33. Inc.0. 00100001.00000000 (33. . Therefore in our example the Network ID is 33.11100000.0.0. It is common in TCP/IP to omit the trailing octets in the Network ID and the leading octets in the Host ID.00100000.39. while the Host ID 0.39. By using this method.11000010 (33. let’s and it to the subnet mask of 255. Since the subnet mask only goes 3 bits into the second octet.32 and the Host ID is 7.8. Any local addresses will not pass through.00100111.7. for binary addition: 1+1=1 1+0=0 0+0=0 Now.0) equals 00100001. and through leaving only the digits for the network portion or 33.224.8. it recognizes the first 11 bits as the network portion of this address.194.0.

0.b.255.c Default Subnet Mask 255. Reduce network traffic by limiting broadcast and local traffic to a single segment.255.255.b.b. There are several reasons to divide a network in this manner. each TCP/IP printer network interface and each router interface on each subnet.0 255.a.255. Inc. 209 .0 255.a.c 192.097.216 65. A unique network ID is required for each subnet and each wide area network.0.a.777.b.255.0 Number of Networks 126 16.152 Number of Hosts 16. Allows an unlimited number of hosts to communicate.a. Determine the number of Host IDs per subnet.0.c 128.0.0.255.b.b.0 255.0 255.0. it will require an address for each subnet. Specialized Solutions.c to 191. Connect a mix of network technologies (Ethernet and Token Ring).384 2.a.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Default Subnet Mask and Network Classes Class A B C IP Address 001.a. There are steps to follow when subnetting: Determine the number of Network IDs required. • • • • Connect physically remote local networks.c to 126.c to 223.534 254 How to Subdivide a Network The process of subdividing a network into logical units is called subnetting or subnetworking. Be sure to include some room for growth of the network. If a router is connected to two subnets. A unique host ID is required for each TCP/IP computer network interface card.0 Maximum Networks and Hosts per Class Class A B C Default Subnet Mask 255.

255. we will notice that this is a Class B network and therefore the default subnet mask will be 255.224.255.255.382 Hosts N/A 8190 4096 2046 1022 510 254 126 62 30 14 6 2 210 Specialized Solutions.255. we have one network with approximately 65.255.240.0.255.255. We will use an InterNIC ID of 191.128 255.255. you will need to start with the network ID supplied by InterNIC. Inc. .0 255.0 255.0 255. We do this by using bits from the next octet or octets as part of our network addresses that we assign.255. We use this formula to determine the number of subnets that will be created by borrowing bits from the hosts. You should remember the formula 2n-2 where n is the number of bits borrowed. First.224 255.255.192 255.0.255.192.0 255.248. we are increasing the number of network addresses that we can use and decreasing the number of host.255.255.255. With this number.248 255.255.255.0 255.255.254. The following table shows the subnet mask created by borrowing bits and how it will affect our network.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Define the Subnet Mask The goal is to define one subnet mask for the entire internetwork that gives the desired number of subnets and allows enough hosts per subnet.255.000 hosts.252 Bits 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Subnets 0 6 14 30 62 126 254 510 1022 2046 4096 8190 16.0 255.0 255.255. To begin this process.252.255.240 255.255. As we begin to subnet.36. Class B Subnet Mask (2 to 14 bits borrowed) 255.

36 as assigned to us by InterNIC. Inc.248 255. Make sure that it is in scientific view (that’s the big calculator). 3.224 255. Change the mode to binary (Bin).255.252 Bits 2 3 4 5 6 Subnets 0 6 14 30 62 Hosts N/A 30 14 6 2 To make this easy. you can use the scientific calculator supplied with any Windows operating system.255. Make sure that the decimal mode (Dec) is selected. Now we get out our Windows calculator. let’s add 4 more for future expansions.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Class C Subnet Mask (2 to 6 bits borrowed) 255.255. Enter the value of 18.255.255. 1. 2.255.240 255.255. giving us a total requirement of 18. Just to be on the safe side. lets keep our network ID of 191. For this example. the question is how many bits of the third octet do we need to use? After examining our network requirements. 211 .255.255. we determine that we will need 14 subnets to meet our current needs.255.192 255. The number 18 will now be in binary (10010). We already know that the first two octets will be 10111111 00100100 from this ID. Specialized Solutions.

you can determine the available Network IDs. let’s look at the subnets for the subnet mask of 255. This will be the number of bits required for the third octet. Determine the Network IDs One you determine the number of subnets required and the subnet mask.248. The following table shows the six subnets created when using the three bits of the third octet: 212 Specialized Solutions. For this example. .000 hosts each.36.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4. This will actually allow us up to 30 subnets with 2. the subnet mask would be 255. Had we needed to add a new subnet.0.224.255. Inc.0 and the network address of 192. our answer would have been to use 4 bits and we would have been limited to a maximum of 14 subnets. instead of selecting the next subnet on our list.255. we would have had to reconfigure the entire network. Count the number of binary digits (5). To keep things simple. Also notice that had we chosen 14 (no allowance for growth).

indicating that the Network ID is contained in the first two or three octets respectively.255.160 192. If it is different.0. up to and including the remaining digits not used with the subnet ID.0.64 192.0 and the default Class C subnet mask would be 255.36. The zeros indicate the location of the Host ID.0. The sending computer checks the octets of the destination address against its own to determine if the destination computer is on the local network or a remote network.0.32 192. The only restrictions are that you cannot use . 213 . For example.128 192. on a Class A network the default subnet mask would be 255.36. This indicates that the Network ID is located in the first octet of the network address. they are on the same network.001 in the last octet. and continues up to one less than the subnet ID of the next subnet.000 or .0. In dotted-decimal format.36. this means that the number starts with . Summary of Subnets Subnet masks are used on TCP/IP networks to determine whether a message is for a computer that resides on the local network.36 (overall network address) 192. the sending computer will send the message to a router for delivery.36. or one that is located on a remote network.36.255. these are reserved for broadcast addresses.) Specialized Solutions.255. A Class B network default subnet mask would be 255. Inc.255.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Subnets (Subnet Mask 11111111 11111111 111) Binary Network ID 11000000 00100100 11000000 00100100 001 11000000 00100100 010 11000000 00100100 011 11000000 00100100 100 11000000 00100100 101 11000000 00100100 110 Dotted-decimal ID 192. (If the sending computer and the destination computer have the same subnet mask.36.192 Determine the Host IDs The host ID can be assigned as any number starting with the last digit of the forth octet (00000001).96 192.

0 255.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NETWORK CLASS CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C DEFAULT SUBNET MASK 255.255.0.223 214 Specialized Solutions.191 192 .255.255. Inc.0.0.0 255.0 CLASS ID 1 . .126 128 .

Default Gateway Type the IP address of the gateway routers you have installed on your network. in addition to other hardware and software configurations. However. Next. DNS You can enable or disable DNS. Whichever one appears first on the list is considered the default gateway. you may specify a particular IP address. This opens the TCP/IP Properties window and you can now click on the appropriate tab and enter your configuration information. Click the radio button to enable DNS. Specialized Solutions. IP Address Here. or click the radio button next to “Obtain an IP address automatically. On some screens. 215 . you will need to type in the specified default gateway. Only administrators who have detailed knowledge and experience working with the Registry should attempt to change the default TCP/IP parameters in Registry Editor. and click Properties. other TCP/IP settings may be established or changed by first clicking on the Network icon in the Control Settings window.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials TCP/IP Configuration Concepts The Windows Registry database contains the TCP/IP configurations.” and the computer will capture one from the DHCP server. The appearance of these dialog boxes may vary depending on which operating system you are using. Inc. Use the “New” and “Add” command buttons to add a new gateway to the list of installed gateways. right-click on TCP/IP Protocol. click the Protocols tab. and enter the information in the appropriate fields.

default gateway. Inc. 216 Specialized Solutions. WINS maps NetBIOS names to IP addresses. This information includes the TCP/IP address configuration. DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is used on a TCP/IP network to send configuration data to clients. It also includes the DNS configuration. . and subnet mask configuration.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide WINS Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) is central to Microsoft’s networking topology.

217 . Inc.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book. Keyword ARP BOOTP Class A IP Address Class B IP Address Class C IP Address Default Gateway DHCP DNS FTP HOSTS file HTTP HTTPS ICMP ICS IMAP4 IP IP Address LMHOSTS file NAT NetBIOS Octet Definition Specialized Solutions.

.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Keyword POP3 Port Number Proxy Server SMTP SNMP Subnet Mask Subnetting TCP UDP WINS Definition 218 Specialized Solutions. Inc.

How many primary protocols are used to make the TCP/IP Suite? 3. What is the value of the leading bit (one on the far left) for a Class A IP address? Class B? Class C? 11. 10.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Review Questions Chapter 8 1. Subnetting is the process of breaking an IP address into _________ and ________ groups. What are five reasons to use subnetting? Specialized Solutions. Inc. 12. What is a domain? 7. What are the four layers that make up the TCP/IP protocol suite? 2. What is an FQDN and give an example? 6. What is the purpose of DNS? 5. Name three of the five other protocols used within TCP/IP. Who is responsible for maintaining top-level domains? 8. Which of the name resolution services will work only in Windows? 9. 219 . 4. IPv4 addresses consist of a ______ bit number.

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you can obtain several third party software packages that will help you manage a network. The data is then compiled in a database called a MIB (Management Information Base). 221 . The following are several SNMP managers: Hewlett-Packard Open View IBM NetView InterMapper (Macintosh) MRTG (Multi Router Traffic Grapher – UNIX) NetMinder Sun Net Manager SNMP utilizes three elements for the complete system: The management system software The agent software Communities Management Software This is the primary software package that is used by the administrator. Inc. It is run on a single computer and is used to access any SNMP devices and collect data. you can remotely monitor any SNMP compatible device. Specialized Solutions. Network Managers . From the database and the software interface. Using one of these products.SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an open protocol that allows third party software vendors to create products to manage networks. In addition. the administrator can create reports and charts that define the status of the network.Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities One of the advantages of using TCP/IP as your network protocol is that it comes with several utilities that you can use to validate and troubleshoot the network.

The three commands are: Get: request data from the device. An additional SNMP command is the trap. Get-next: request the next value in a sequence. A community can also restrict access. It will respond to commands issued by the management software. This command will capture any errors and problems that occur on the agent device and send it to the manager. Communities Communities are logical groups consisting of at least one manager and agent (usually several agents are assigned to one manager). therefore providing a level of security. 222 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Agent Software The agent software resides on the SNMP compliant device. Set: sends a configuration value to a device. . These commands can be entered from a DOS prompt. Inc. The value of using communities is to limit the number of managers and agents. Validation Tools TCP/IP provides several command-level tools that can be used to validate various parameters within a network.

TRACERT A Trace Route command-line utility. Netstat -a shows all connections and listening ports. 223 . serious (!). and normal (i). Netstat -r shows the content of the routing table. Inc. Nbtstat -r provides names resolved by both broadcast and the WINS service. Nbtstat -c provides the remote name cache with the IP addresses.Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities Event Viewer Event Viewer is a Windows utility that will allow you to log any events and errors. NETSTAT This command will display all the TCP/IP protocol statistics. This includes critical system errors. NBTSTAT This command will display NetBIOS over TCP/IP statistics. Nbtstat -R both purges and reloads the remote name cache table. TRACERT. Netstat -s shows statistics on a per-protocol basis. and TCP/IP events and errors. shows every router interface that a TCP/IP packet passes through on its way to its destination. Nbtstat -n provides local NetBIOS names. Specialized Solutions. Netstat -e shows Ethernet statistics. but did not cause a stop. Note in the graphic below that an icon indicates that the event is critical (a stop occurred). ROUTE The ROUTE command will show you the routing table and allow you to make edits to it.

and typing in either cmd or command. 224 Specialized Solutions. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Hint: Use these line commands by clicking the Start button in your taskbar. Inc. clicking Run.

IFCONFIG IFCONFIG displays the status of the network interface configuration. For example. 225 . NSLOOKUP -h shows CPU and operating system information for the domain. ARP ARP will allow you to find the physical address (MAC address) of a computer by using the IP address of that computer. NSLOOKUP -s lists well-known services of clients in the domain. PING The lowest level test to find out if you have connectivity to a remote host.1.168. Ping works at the IP level. The following three are the most common and are covered in more detail in the next chapter. IPCONFIG is entered from a DOS prompt and WINIPCFG can be used from RUN on the START menu. Arp -a displays the current ARP entries (resolved IP to MAC addresses) on your client. You should use this command when you want to verify a user’s configuration or if there are problems reaching a remote host. NSLOOKUP This command is used to troubleshoot DNS problems and can display the DNS entry for a given IP address. Specialized Solutions. RARP RARP accomplishes the reverse of the ARP by using the known MAC address to find a host’s IP address.12. and will display the current configuration of a computer. NSLOOKUP a shows aliases of clients in the domain. and you would use this IP to find its MAC address or its physical address. Inc.Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS TCP/IP also provides several useful troubleshooting tools. Ping -t performs a continuous ping and ping -n pings the IP address more than once. which might be 0000-05-67-FF-33. the IP of a host might be 192. Arp -s is used to change the IP address of a device. NSLOOKUP -t shows all records of the type specified. IPCONFIG/WINIPCFG These commands are the same. NSLOOKUP -d shows all records for the domain. and will often respond even when higher-level TCP-based services cannot.

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Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. 227 . Inc. Keyword ARP Event Viewer IFCONFIG IPCONFIG Management Software NBTSTAT NETSTAT NSLOOKUP PING RARP SNMP TRACERT Definition Specialized Solutions.

3. List as many as you can. each device will need to be _________ compliant. . What kind of software package can you purchase to help analyze your network? 2. In order for your new network management software to monitor the activities of the entire network. 228 Specialized Solutions. You are the manager of a large network and have been getting complaints about the system being slow. TCP/IP provides several tools that you can use to validate statistics of your network. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 9 1.

Limiting access via passwords can prevent an inexperienced user.Chapter 10 – Network Security Chapter 10 – Network Security Security is a vital aspect of a network that cannot be ignored. The best time to set up your network security. User and Share Level Users will have different levels of access. as well as the levels of permission necessary for these individuals to do their jobs. Therefore. Select a basic security model that will meet the needs of your network and customize it as your needs change. Most users will also be able to access shared files. from wandering into unprotected areas and inadvertently corrupting or deleting files. There are a number of reasons for maintaining a secure network. Very few users will have access to administrative features. such as setting up E-mail addresses and initial passwords. All users will have access to the network and to their own files (documents they themselves have created). A good plan will include the following considerations: • • • • Size of network Scope of network Type and amount of usage of the network Who will have access to what User-level Security All employees should be assigned user names and passwords. she must develop a plan that will meet the needs of her particular network. data encryption. motivated by curiosity. anyone can get into any file and do anything to it they want to do. Once a company’s files have been set up for maximum access. creating chaos and costing thousands. 229 . unless safeguards are built in. Password practices and procedures. Users should be held accountable for the security of their individual workstations. As you might have already deduced. or an irresponsible prank. the results can be devastating. or even millions. can deliberately damage your network. the network administrator has complete responsibility for anything that happens to the network. Specialized Solutions. or at least have your plan intact. Although corrupting and deleting files accidentally can cause serious problems. of dollars. is right up front. A disgruntled employee. before you set up the network. Whether the sabotage is malicious. Inc. you must also be prepared for the possibility of malicious intent. or anyone who has access to your network for that matter. and firewalls are critical parts of your network. depending on the roles they play in your company. Most network security breaches are the work of someone from inside the company.

A roadmap of all user names and passwords should be kept in a secure place. the user will be inclined to be less attentive to personal security. They can then copy the file to a local drive or a personal folder on the server. In a manner similar to the signature on a document. A verification method called “authentication” verifies the identity of a person or process. and cultivates a conscientious attitude toward security. 230 Specialized Solutions. while the original file remains intact. Information on the shared drive cannot be changed by anyone other than the person who created the file. authentication confirms that messages received truly originated from their stated source. passwords are assigned to network resources rather than to users.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Privacy and confidentiality are important to most users. should the administrator be unavailable at a time when administrator access is required. User-level security requires the user to logon using a Username and password. . the file can be accessed by anyone who has the password and knows how to use it to access the shared resource. where the administrator can easily retrieve it. among other things. The systems administrator should have an assistant or backup person who will have total access to the system. Inc. a gesture of respect for the user and the system. Users can access a shared resource. If the user is not able to trust that the documents he or she creates are safe from outside access. User Logon Share-level Security With the share-level security model. It creates an atmosphere of confidentiality. The user can edit the file as necessary. Password protection is. such as a template or another type of file. However.

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For example. If you are accessing the Internet from your network. Backing up Data Another integral part of network security is your backup system. This needs to be handled in such a way that production will not be interrupted. Inc. and your company’s files and directories will be safe and available when you need them. you will be responsible for choosing the type of firewall that best meets your network’s needs. As the system administrator. Some firewalls will only allow E-mail to pass through. Gateway hosts (also called bastion hosts) create fortified areas in the network’s security perimeter. but they are not particularly effective if your goal is to protect trade secrets or other types of proprietary information. they can be host-based. Firewalls can trace calls and locate the computer trying to break in. Some will be more suitable to your system than others. Files need to be backed up daily. They can permit or deny traffic at a certain level. you would block port 80. at the very least. A firewall will need to be part of your security plan in order to prevent unauthorized access from outside of your network. or auditing. and even more often on larger networks. Protocol-specific application proxy firewalls may provide increased access control. Firewalls A firewall is designed to prevent access to your network from outside the company. you will most likely be using E-mail. by forwarding application traffic through the firewall. if you wanted to block Internet traffic from entering your intranet. 232 Specialized Solutions. and work at the application level. It is an important part of a network security plan. or they can be configured to suit your specific security needs. Firewall Blocking Port Numbers You can block port numbers for security purposes on your firewall or router so as to allow only specific traffic into your network.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Security Techniques There are a number of techniques and practices that will enhance the security of your network. . Your security needs will determine which techniques will best meet your system’s needs.

44 MB for the standard floppy disk to up to 250 MB capacities for ZIP disks. Specialized Solutions. range from 1. Large-capacity disks include such options as the removable optical disk. As a computer professional. Remember. Ideally. for performing and storing data backups: Removable Disks There are two categories of removable disks: Small-Capacity and Large-Capacity. Although slower than RAID. There are several options available. where you will keep the backup information (on-site or off-site). Nothing will save you time and stress like an effective and thorough backup strategy in case the worst happens and your system crashes. so if one goes down the other can maintain network operations. it is still a viable option. so make sure not to neglect this important part of network security.Chapter 10 – Network Security It may make more sense to have two medium-sized servers. and how often backups will be performed. which uses laser technology to read and write information onto a removable disk that has capacities of 128 MB to 650 MBs. This backup medium is suitable for small companies. the second server should serve as a backup to the first. offer server equipment with multiple hard drives that mirror each other. and the procedure to follow for recovery. those who fail to plan. how the backup information will be tested. rather than one larger server. While planning your backup strategy. These multiple disks are called disk arrays. and are more commonly known as RAID. you must answer important questions about what to backup. It also has large capacities of up to 50 GB for some systems. your plan will need to include information about who will be in charge of performing the backups. the other can take over without compromising network operations. Most file server manufacturers recognize the need for data redundancy and thus. Another more common form of backup is to a tape drive. let’s discuss the various backup methods that are available. Inc. the small-capacity category includes the floppy disk. Backup Options Before we discuss the different RAID fault tolerance strategies. plan to fail. As you might guess. you know how important a backup plan is to the safety of your network’s data. called the backup medium. The tape backup method is inexpensive and simple to implement. In addition. Floppy disk capacities today. If anything happens to one. Tape Backup This is probably the oldest and most popular backup medium in use today. 233 .

as its name implies. An archive bit is used to identify the files that have changed. This will reduce the amount of time needed to perform backups to the server. 234 Specialized Solutions. but will be the easiest to restore. despite the presence of hardware or software failures. When recovering from a failure. The Incremental backup is used for daily backups. This method will take the largest amount of storage media. is called fault tolerance. Volumes Volumes are a way to organize storage disks so that the network operating system can store data on a disk. Differential and Incremental. Full. The Differential backup is used for backing up only the files that have changed since the last full backup. and Incremental Backups There are three backup types available: Full.. This type of backup is usually performed weekly.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Back It Up Backup Software Software programs or utilities are available that make backing up data easier and more efficient. Differential. the last full backup and all of the incremental backup tapes will be needed. A volume can be part of a disk or an entire disk. will backup all selected data on the network. both the last differential backup tape copy and the last full backup tape copies will need to be used. This method also uses an archive bit to identify which files have changed. Fault Tolerance and RAID The ability of a system or component to continue normal operations. and utilizes different means of dealing with security issues at this level. This usually involves some degree of redundancy. Most operating systems come with a backup utility. The Full backup. Inc. . as only the data that has changed since the last backup will be copied. It is a named portion or chunk of disk space. To restore. but usually these won’t have the features available on a third-party backup program.

is not being used commercially at the moment to an Specialized Solutions. so that segments can be written to multiple disk drives (or other physical devices) in a round-robin fashion is called disk striping. a copy of the data is spread across all of the disks based on a mathematical formula such that any one disk in the set can be lost and the other disks will have a copy of all of the information that it contained. including Novell NetWare. Inc.Mirrored arrays (disk mirroring) RAID 2 . then the data in the entire array is also lost.Striped array with rotating parity (disk striping with parity) NOTE: The acronym for RAID has also been referred to as: “Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. The same data is written to two separate hard disks in order to preserve the data in the event of a device failure. if anything happens to one of the drives. and is a standard feature of RAID systems. If your processor is capable of reading or writing data faster than a single disk can keep up. With this method. However. 235 . Typically. This technique may be applied in either software or hardware. Disk Striping With Parity (RAID 5) The most common of RAID strategies.Non-redundant striped array (disk striping) RAID 1 . This. this relatively inexpensive technique can be very useful. such as a single file. this one uses the parity method of ensuring that the data stored is really the same data that was sent.” Disk Striping (RAID 0) The segmentation of logically sequential data. which provides for even more fault tolerance. RAID 6 and Beyond RAID-6 includes a second disk striping with parity scheme.Striped array with parity (disk striping with large blocks) RAID 5 .) Disk Mirroring (RAID 1) Disk mirroring or disk duplexing involves using one or more mirrors of a hard disk. however. (Provides no fault tolerance.Parallel array with ECC (disk striping with ECC) RAID 3 .Parallel array with parity (disk striping with ECC stored as parity) RAID 4 . support either disk mirroring or disk duplexing. Several operating systems. the data in the stripe set is lost and cannot be retrieved.Chapter 10 – Network Security The following are common RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) specifications: RAID 0 . administrators are alerted when one disk fails so that they can “regenerate” the RAID set before another disk has a chance to fail. If more than one disk is lost.

Cost. surges. but it is treated just like any node on the network and is subject to all the positives and negatives of that identity. but at a greater cost. the best tools seem to be the more expensive ones. but uses a striping scheme where each stripe is a RAID-3 array of disks. SANs are channel attached whereas NASs are network attached. since it is not dependent on another computer. . Like RAID-10. It also has a bare-bones OS (microkernel) for processing I/O requests. The equipment described below is among the best available: UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) A UPS is battery powered. RAID-53. which allows for better performance. A RAID system is the most common example of a centralized SAN. it offers better performance. SAN traditionally have been used for the purposes of archiving data that is needed but infrequently used. and each type provides power for a different length of time. as you might guess. It is assigned an IP address and it is attached to a LAN. is an issue. allowing the computer to shut down before complete loss of power. Surge Protectors Surge Protectors. also called surge suppressors. is like RAID-10. are power strips that provide protection from voltage spikes. RAID-10 is comprised of an array of stripes (each stripe equals a RAID1 array). It functions faster. An Interactive UPS (also called an “intelligent UPS”) connects to the computer's serial port and provides information. A centralized SAN generally ties many hosts together into one storage system. In this case. There are several tools on the market that will help prevent data loss from power fluctuations. These types of RAID are not as commonly used and are not as likely to be on the test. and guaranteed to provide power to a computer in the event of interruptions in the incoming electrical power. Storage Area Network (SAN) A SAN (Storage Area Network) is a back-end network connecting storage devices (generally by using SCSI). Fault Tolerance and Power You need to protect your network from data loss due to power surges and failures. Inc. 236 Specialized Solutions. RAID 7 offers a real-time operating system and the functionality of a standalone computer. A decentralized SAN connects multiple hosts with many storage systems. There are different types of UPS devices. A SAN can either be centralized or decentralized. and sags in the power supply.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide large degree. such as battery time remaining. Network-Attached Storage Network-attached storage (NAS) is hard disk storage (RAID) like SAN.

he or she will know how to accomplish the task. Some “classified” networks require password changes every day. away. and troubleshoot before the trouble starts. personnel records and other confidential data should change their passwords at least every 30 days. Password security is compromised if a user writes his or her password down where it might be seen by others. no matter who they are. management must randomly check to make sure that the policy is being applied. symbols.” What this means is that if the employees leave their workstations (for any reason) they are required to clean off their desks or workstations and lock documents. This holds users accountable for their actions on the network. Users working with sensitive information such as budgets. No one. Passwords should be changed more frequently in high-security networks. Specialized Solutions. and numbers. So. The importance of users logging off and locking their workstations when they are not physically using them cannot be stressed enough. Evaluate your security policy on a regular basis to ensure that it is up to speed. but are easy enough that users can remember them. so why make them available by not cleaning off your electronic desktop when you leave your workspace? Many large companies implement a “clean desk policy. In order for this policy to be effective. Inc. numbers and symbols. should be given the opportunity to look through another person’s desk while they are not there. etc. 237 . If the network administrator needs to use the workstation. This is known as a security audit. There is no reason for anyone other than the user to access the user’s files. and discourages them from wandering into unauthorized areas. an effective password policy is one in which passwords change on a regular basis. include characters.Chapter 10 – Network Security Password Practices and Procedures A network administrator may encrypt password information that is automatically sent to the server when users log on to the network. The most effective passwords are ones that are the maximum number of characters and use a combination of letters. Policies that spell out password procedures should be given to all users so they will know what is expected of them. but most networks can get by with changing their passwords every 30 days.

The entire security of RSA depends on the difficulty of factoring large prime numbers. Without encryption the Internet would be a hotbed for high-tech thieves who could tap into it and steal information and credit card numbers. RSA is a public-key cryptosystem for both encryption and authentication. the Internet is not the most secure of environments. can understand the message. Inc. and Leonard Adleman. It is also used to secure data over VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). . This practice is called cryptography and the system is called a cryptosystem. Encryption is also used to encrypt E-mail transmissions. These keys are numbers or strings of characters combined with the original text to create an algorithm. RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) uses both a public key and a private key. The name comes from their first initials. DES (Data Encryption Standard) is the fastest and easiest method of sending an encrypted message. This method uses a 56-bit private key.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Encryption Data can be encoded at the sender’s end and decoded at the recipient’s end so that no one. Even with encryption. It was invented in 1977 by Ron Rivest. 238 Specialized Solutions. Encryption is used to scramble passwords on an internal network so that they may not be stolen during logon. Encryption converts regular text into ciphertext by combining the original data with one or more “keys” known only to the sender and recipient. other than the person for whom the message was intended. The recipient’s public key is used by the sender to encrypt the message. and the recipient’s private key is used to decrypt it. and is used extensively for online commerce (e-commerce) and online banking. Adi Shamir. DES was developed by IBM and is now the most commonly used Private Key encryption system used. A VPN is a network that uses the Internet to connect remote users to an internal network. because the sender and receiver use the same key to decrypt the data.

Skipjack was originally designed to be integrated onto a chip known as a clipper chip. Public Key encryption uses the Diffie-Hellman algorithm and is a one-way type of encryption method. but the use of the 80-bit key makes it much more complex. is called a digital signature. Specialized Solutions. The recipient of the response would then use their private key to decrypt the message. much less a day. it is not a completely secure encryption method. it is imperative that all possible disaster scenarios be addressed. Viruses can be spread by various sources including: shareware. Since the financial impact on a business can be severe if even down for an hour. but some of them can cause irreparable harm to files. With this method of encryption both parties have the same key. They will write themselves into memory any time the computer is booted. Many viruses are simple annoyances. Disaster Recovery A disaster recovery plan (DRP) lays out how an organization or business is to deal with disasters. There are over 60. Prevention should also be addressed in the plan. so as to allow the business or organization to quickly resume their activities. which identifies and authenticates the sender and message data using public-key encryption. both on location and at backup sites. It is similar to DES. the message is encrypted using the original sender’s public key. software from unknown origins.000 known viruses. Viruses Viruses are those nasty little programs that can wreak havoc on a computer and its data. files downloaded from the Internet. Ensuring the integrity of your network infrastructure to the best of your ability. but they are less secure. It should keep the mission-critical functions first and foremost. Most viruses are written by hackers who are trying to show off. will ensure a much quicker recovery. PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is based on Public Key encryption and was developed to encrypt E-mail messages. EES (Escrowed Encryption Standard) is known as skipjack and uses an 80-bit key. and bulletin boards. Symmetric Keys can also be used. The sender encrypts the message using a public key and the receiver decrypts it using a private key. The sole purpose of a virus is to replicate and make life miserable for computer users. If the receiver wishes to respond. 239 . There are four basic types of viruses: File Infectors: These attach themselves to executable files and spread to other files when the program is run. As the name implies. Boot Sector: These replace the master boot record (or boot sector on a floppy).Chapter 10 – Network Security Extra data appended to a message. It is designed to offset or minimize the effect of a potential disaster on the business or organization. Inc. which is used to encrypt data and to decrypt it.

Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Trojan Horses: These appear to be legitimate programs. Trust no one when it comes to loading programs on your machine. Keep your anti-virus program updated. If the computer has a BIOS setting that allows you to disable boot-sector writes. The most secure protection against Internet-distributed viruses is to make sure you have an antivirus program running at all times (or at least when you’re downloading and first running new files). Many viruses are transmitted by floppy disks. Unfortunately viruses have become a way of life in the computer world. These days. It used to be true that you couldn’t get a virus from opening a document. . Unfortunately while macros are very valuable. there are several measures you can take to prevent or at least minimize the damage: Purchase an antivirus program—there are several good ones on the market. especially if they come from sources other than a manufacturer’s Web site. enable it! This setting must be disabled before installing a new operating system. they will go to work on the system. just from running a program. Be careful when reading floppies of unknown origin or using your disk on unfamiliar machines. 240 Specialized Solutions. Macro Virus: These attach themselves as executable code to documents and run when the document is opened. Use extreme caution when you download files. Make sure it is compatible with all of the operating systems that you use. With this in mind. but when loaded. (They can also attach to some kinds of E-mail). (prevents applications from writing to the boot section of the hard disk). Hundreds of viruses are written each month. many viruses and macroviruses are transmitted over the Internet. they mean that when you open a document you are running a program.

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. Keyword Data Encryption Differential Backup Disaster Recovery Disk Mirroring Disk Striping Firewall Full Backup Incremental Backup NAS Password Security RAID SAN Share Level Security User Level Security Volumes Definition 242 Specialized Solutions. Inc. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords.

What are the three common levels of RAID? 6. What are the two requirements of user level logon? 2. What is the function of a firewall? 4. 5. What purpose does encryption play in your security model? Specialized Solutions. Inc. In a share level model. 3. 243 .Chapter 10 – Network Security Review Questions Chapter 10 1. The acronym RAID stands for __________. passwords are assigned to __________.

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or when there is a deadline and the user must have it fixed now. They always fail in the middle of a job.Conclusion Chapter 11 – Troubleshooting a Network Being a computer and network professional automatically implies that you are a troubleshooter. not when all is well. computers never fail at a convenient time. For those who must endure the struggle. but they often hold the keys to the problem. implement a solution. troubleshooting is more of an art form than a science. you will most likely be called when there is a problem. Basic Troubleshooting As mentioned. Being an effective troubleshooter does not come automatically with networking knowledge (even though it is implied). “as reported. This chapter will begin with some basic troubleshooting techniques. and good listening skills. you must be able to quickly and confidently eliminate as many alternatives as possible. The first step is the most critical and often the most ignored. test the result. troubleshooting comprises perhaps the single largest aspect of working with computer and network hardware and software. This chapter will focus on the application of these facts to solve problems. Remember. Without a complete understanding of the problem (the entire problem) you can spend a great deal of time working on the symptoms instead of the cause. the operator doesn’t know what caused the problem. a habit of applying a methodical and determined approach will soon result in it becoming second nature for you. After all. Establish the symptoms: Defining a problem is not always as simple as it sounds. Inc. For some technicians troubleshooting comes naturally. They may not know the technical reason for the failure. What you must learn is how to approach a problem in an organized and methodical manner. it seems well defined by the person who calls and complains! But is it really defined? Frequently the problem. you must be organized. recognize the potential effects of the solution and document the solution. In most cases. you are looking for the cause. Be sure to listen carefully to your client or co-worker.” is really just the symptom and not the true cause. Let’s take a look at an eight-part approach that will lead to successful troubleshooting. Specialized Solutions. The majority of this course has focused on the facts and science of networks. 245 . The only tools required for this phase are a pad of paper. identify the affected area. In order to do this. so that you can focus on the things that might be the cause of the problem. To make matters worse. Troubleshooting is an art and can be learned. not the symptom. a pen (or pencil). As a troubleshooter. select the most probable cause. If fact. The user of the computer or network is your best source of information. This added frustration often leads to confusion and stress. while for others it is a struggle. and progress with some specific tools that you can employ to simplify the process. Remember. Don’t assume that just because you are the expert. establish what has changed. It is proper use of all the parts that will make your next troubleshooting exercise easier. The eight parts are as follows: establish the symptoms. if you are the expert.

The purpose is to narrow the search down to one or two general categories. Inc. Describe any changes in the computer (noise. the failure occurs. Identify the affected area The next step involves the process of isolating the problem. Establish what has changed The most difficult problems to isolate are the intermittent ones. . This will take time and patience. There is no particular approach to follow and there is no substitute for experience. or help them focus on what was going on when the problem first occurred. If it is an operatorinduced problem. Ask a few questions to help identify the problem and list the events as they occurred before the failure. The only way to resolve these is to be able to re-create the set of circumstances that caused the failure. Are you the only one having the problem? Did anyone else use this computer? The list of questions could go on forever. With a little experience. do not intimidate the user. have to ask some specific questions to jog their memory. Isolating the problem is the art of eliminating what you know from what you don’t know. you have isolated the problem to the keyboard or its cabling. it is important to observe how it is created. as well as the results. and when. the process of elimination is all that you can do. These never seem to occur when you are present. The best you can do is to eliminate any obvious problem and work toward the more complex. but the operator was there before (and after) the problem started and may recall the events that led up to the failure. You will need to create your own list based on the situation. Be sure to observe the failure yourself. and so forth). If possible. however. The user will need to keep detailed records of what is being done before. Sometimes. You may want to create a form with these questions (and others specific to the situation) for taking notes: When did you first notice the problem? What has changed since the computer was last used? (New Software. network or computer moved. screen changes.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide you may know how the computer and network runs and can find the technical cause of the failure. Do not make the questions too technical. if a keyboard is not working and you connect a known good keyboard to the computer and it works.) Show me how to create the error. You may. and most importantly. For example. One thing that might 246 Specialized Solutions. you will be able to identify the best questions for the situation. have someone demonstrate the failure to you. lights. recent software upgrade.

If the first plan is not successful (it won’t always be). That way the “evidence” is not disturbed. but to call you. isolate the problem to: A WAN or LAN A segment of a LAN A workgroup or domain A server or workstation A workstation or user Specialized Solutions. create a new plan based on what you discovered with the previous plan. 247 . Jumping around and randomly trying things can often lead to more serious problems. If for example. but something must be wrong in the E-mail software or configuration. write them down. It requires two simple steps. Select the most probable cause Make a Plan and Follow it from Beginning to End Create a planned approach to isolate the problem based on your knowledge at this point. Inc. it is important to follow it through. but you cannot receive any E-mail. Isolation of a problem requires a structured approach. Do not make any assumptions. Starting from the top. Once a plan is created. Document every action and its results. The general procedure for isolating network problems is to start globally and work to locally. you can “see” other computers in the network neighborhood. For example.Conclusion help in such cases is to tell the user to not do anything with the computer when the problem recurs. You may have to refer back to them later. the first step in isolation is to separate a network (hardware) problem from a workstation problem. If you must make any assumptions. is the problem occurring on more than one workstation or is it only on one? If you determine that the problem is only on one workstation and the cabling and network card are working properly. then you need to further isolate the problem to determine which program is experiencing difficulty. In the case of a network problem. Start with the most obvious or easiest solution to eliminate. Be sure to refer to any assumptions you may have made. then you know for sure that the network is physically working. make a plan and follow it. Write down your plan! The first step of any plan should be document and back up. and move forward.

This means to have the operator duplicate the problem while you watch – do not tell them how. if the problem is software or configuration related. 248 Specialized Solutions. . Here are a few suggestions for isolating the hardware/software from the operator: Have another operator perform the same task on their own workstation. Frustrated and confused operators can lead to further problems. as well as the one that is causing problems. it may require some additional effort. start looking for specific hardware: Routers Hubs/Concentrator Cabling or Connections Adapters Software related problems could also be isolated to several causes: Protocols Authentications As often as not.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Once the search has been narrowed. you must be careful as to how you resolve the problem while not alienating the operator. no amount of training or instruction will solve a problem until that general fear is removed. Implement a solution After locating or at least narrowing the problem to a few possibilities. This will keep you removed from the problem and eliminate the “it always works for the expert” syndrome. repair or replacement is usually all that is needed. Confirm that the operator is using standard operating procedures. In these cases. However. For example. Implement the solution. and not the hardware or the system. either repair or replace the defect. if an operator is afraid of computers in general. To resolve these types of problems. you must do three things: Formulate a correction (write down what you think will resolve the problem). Note: If the problem is software-oriented. Resolving operator-induced failures is more difficult than hardware induced failures. It is important to use another operator. be sure to record the “before” and “after” changes. Test the correction (make sure that the changes work). the problem may be caused by the operator. In these situations. Inc. With hardware. you must be very careful to treat the cause and not the symptoms.

document the problem and the repair. Document the solution Finally. Ask the user to test the solution and confirm satisfaction. maintain. Recognize the potential effects of the solution Make sure that the fix did not create other problems. Many troubleshooting and repair services operate on the fix and run principle. Keeping a copy of the repair procedure in your technical library may come in handy in a year or two when the problem (or one like it) happens again. or a follow up call just to make sure all is well. Specialized Solutions.Conclusion Now we want to separate the true professional from the amateur. Inc. In troubleshooting. Test the Result No repair is complete without confirmation that the job is done. Confirming the repair may include some form of feedback from the user. Confirmation of the repair can save you a return trip to repeat the fix or to correct a problem that you created. there is no substitute for experience. 249 . The reality is that the time you spend after the repair can save repeat service calls and shorten the time-cycle for future service calls. You have not done a professional job if the repair was completed at the expense of something else. This is one way to build. and share experience. This means to document (in writing) the symptoms. you are wasting your time and should be working on the next problem. the problem. The basis for this policy is that once the system is running. You must look at every new problem as an opportunity to expand that experience. and the repair. Confirmation means to make sure that the problem no longer exists.

Inc. The narrow nose with its serrated jaws is used for pulling or coiling wire. Wire Crimper Punch Down Tool Punch down tools are used to “punch down” cabling to “blocks” in your wiring rack.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Networking and Troubleshooting Tools Just like a good computer repair technician. Wire Crimper The wire crimper is a versatile tool that strips and cuts copper wire as well as crimping solderless terminals. . a network troubleshooter will need a few tools to make the process of troubleshooting easier. let us quickly cover some tools used to setup the network cabling. They secure the connection between the wires and the block. Punch Down Tool 250 Specialized Solutions. Networking tools can be divided into two categories: hardware tools and software tools. Hardware Networking Tools Before we get into the tools that are designed specifically to troubleshoot and ensure the integrity of your network.

Inc. A good cable will provide continuity or current flow from one end to the other. and continuity. If the test is negative (no light or noise). 251 . A shorted conductor means that the current is flowing to ground or another cable instead of being isolated. the circuit is broken.Conclusion Hardware Troubleshooting Tools Hardware troubleshooting tools are used to confirm the integrity of the cabling. Some meters will let you test for current as well. You can test for AC and DC voltage. Specialized Solutions. If your meter does not have a continuity setting. For example. When you connect both leads of the meter to each end of the device you are testing. With it you can test various electronic components. When working with network cabling. They can check for continuity and how the pin outs line up. Network cabling is. it is still possible to test for continuity. All you need to do is use the resistance setting and test the device. a pair of wires with probes (one black and one red). A bad cable will be either open or shorted. We will start by looking at a multimeter. and a switch for adjusting the range of settings to be measured. the resistance reading will be infinity or maximum – meaning that no current is flowing. These devices are generally used when you make your own cabling. resistance. which will indicate a complete circuit by either a light or a sound. The purpose of continuity testing is to confirm a complete electrical circuit. If the wire is broken. it is to check to see that a wire is not broken. the resistance reading for continuity would be zero – meaning that current is flowing without resistance. as well as the electrical power in the computer. which is one of the most basic tools for electronic troubleshooting. very easy to troubleshoot. Most multimeters have a “continuity” setting. Most will consist of a digital or analog meter or display. The red wire is the positive probe and the black wire is the negative or ground probe. in principle. whether it be RJ-11 or RJ-45. In a wire for example. we will have to know how to test for continuity. Media Tester Media testers are usually devices used to test the cabling. a positive test (the light comes on or it makes a noise) means that the circuit is complete. There are several tools we can use to check for open and shorted wires. but only low amounts (less than 10 amps). These failures are like a water pipe that is broken (open) or has a leak (shorted). The Multimeter The name multimeter was derived from its ability to measure several different parameters. An open conductor means that the cable is broken and the current will not flow from one end to the other. Since it is made up of wires. you can have only one of two problems.

If both ends are in the same location. Inc. these tools are often called a fox and a hound. You can use a pair of wires (very common in network cables) and connect the two wires at one end. and test at the other end. . testing for continuity will require an additional wire. The tone locator is a receiver that is set to the frequency of the generator. When used together. The tone generator is connected to the wires at the known location (the room with the outlet). to find pairs of wires in a bundle. This applies a signal on the wires.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Tester Tone Generator and Tone Locator A multimeter is a universal tool and almost any electrical or electronic technician should have one. this is not a problem. several pairs of wires at one end (the hub or patch panel). 252 Specialized Solutions. The question then becomes which pair goes to which room? Solving these problems with continuity testing can take a long time unless you are just lucky. it will emit a tone. Telephone and phone wiring companies use two tools. there are more often than not. if the cable is a hundred feet long and spans the length of a building. thus locating the wires. However. called tone generators and tone locators. When the receiver is placed in close proximity to the wire that has the signal applied. However. The problem when using this tool for testing continuity of a network cable is the length of the cable.

The Time-Domain Reflectometer (TDR) is used to find breaks and shorts in network cabling. and therefore back to the network card. If you are able to send a signal and have it return. 253 . By calculating the time it takes a signal to travel the length of a cable and to be reflected back. It is a single-ended cable that connects to a network card. The transmit wire on one connector is connected to the receive wire on the other (and vice versa). Be careful when using a crossover cable. Many protocol analyzers will include a TDR as one of their functions. the location of any break or short can be determined. These cables can be used to connect two computers into a single network eliminating any other network hardware. you will know that the network card and the protocol stack are functioning. A crossover cable is similar to a loopback. Specialized Solutions. Any signal placed on the transmit wire will loopback to the receive wire. Time Domain Reflectometer For those who are serious network troubleshooters. are usually a PC with a special network card. but is double-ended. there are advanced tools that may well be worth the time and investment. capture packets and generate reports. also called packet sniffers. A loopback cable is just what the name implies. It has the transmit and receive wires connected. Two such cables are the hardware loopback and the crossover cable. because they look just like patch cables but are not interchangeable. Protocol Analyzer A protocol analyzer is used to monitor and analyze network traffic. Inc.Conclusion Tone Generator Test Cables One method of isolating problems is to use a special cable to remove a workstation from a network and simulate that it is still connected. They will monitor network traffic. Software analyzers.

but used for fiber optic cabling.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Optical Tester Optical Testers or optical time domain reflectometers (OTDR) are essentially the same as a TDR. 254 Specialized Solutions. Inc. OTDRs also calculate the locations of breaks by the amount of time it takes for a signal to travel the length of the cable and back. .

Often these are caused by typos when entering user names and passwords. the network. or a disk resource. Therefore. A bottleneck is any resource that limits the rate at which network traffic can be moved. due to either excessive traffic or a bottleneck. If data transfers are incomplete or inaccurate. A common failure is for a user to be unable to logon. Common Mode Failures Loss of Data Network Security Violations (Insufficient Rights or Permissions) Reduced Bandwidth Specialized Solutions.Conclusion Maintaining and Troubleshooting Networks Maintaining and troubleshooting networks differs from operating system to operating system. For some reason. Anything that breaks the integrity of the data on a network is a break of security. Common mode failures are generated when one component of a LAN causes the entire LAN to fail. An example would be a network card that begins to continually broadcast useless information and overloads the network. Inc. Reduced bandwidth is just like a traffic jam. check to ensure all network cabling and connectors are intact. but can be caused by a disconnected cable. and a stuck caps-lock key can cause errors. Authentication Probable Cause Usually these are authentication errors. Some passwords are case-sensitive. 255 . This is sometimes called a broadcast storm. you will need to refer to the operating systems’ manuals for detailed troubleshooting procedures. You can’t access a resource unless the administrator of the network has allowed you to do so. The following table provides some generic troubleshooting concepts: Network Troubleshooting Situation A single workstation does not connect to the network. the traffic is not moving. It could be the processor.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Slow Loading of Programs and Files Fragmentation occurs when the operating system saves. These problems can be addressed by segmenting the network and scheduling non-critical work for after hours. As networks grow. You must defragment the drive. If slow loading persists even after defragmenting. so does the traffic. You must manage software distribution to ensure users are not loading non-licensed software and computer viruses onto the network drives. deletes. When the amount of traffic exceeds the ability of the network to carry it. tasks like backing up drives or moving large amounts of data can be done at night. the network slows down. Traffic Overloads Unauthorized Software 256 Specialized Solutions. Inc. . check for memory bottlenecks. For example. and moves information.

Remember this address. Specialized Solutions. This will test the protocol stack in the computer.1. This command will give the same results as IPCONFIG from DOS. because as a network professional. This comes in handy if you need to see where exactly on your intranet or on the Internet your packet is going. but looks better and includes the MAC address of the network adapter card. The loopback address is 127. PING the Loopback Address The next step is to use IPCONFIG to get details about your workstation. PING.0. TRACERT allows you to trace the “hops’ (routers encountered) that a packet takes to its destination. you can use the WINIPCFG command from the RUN dialog box in the START menu. you will use it often. It also lets you know the time that it takes. you can confirm your hardware and protocols by using the IPCONFIG. 257 .0. These commands work from a command prompt. The first step is to PING the loopback address. If you are using TCP/IP. On a Macintosh system. Inc. and TRACERT commands to test the network. On a Windows 95/98 computer.Conclusion Troubleshooting Scenarios The following summarizes some possible scenarios that you may encounter and how to provide a solution: Misbehaving Protocols You have just installed a new workstation and are unable to see any other workstations or servers on the network. open the TCP/IP Control Panel to use these utilities.

55. or 2003 system. your dialog box will look like the following.48.6. Inc. . XP. WINIPCFG.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Notice that the IP address of this computer is 195. 2000. 258 Specialized Solutions. This command is only for Windows 9x and ME and will not work on a Windows NT. If you are using Windows. WINIPCFG You can now PING that address to determine if the network card and protocol stack for the computer are working properly.

use the ipxping command. Poor connections and loose connectors cause most cable problems. Here are some suggestions when you suspect cable problems: Specialized Solutions. If at any stage. you receive a message like the following. Inc. they must be okay. 259 . then there is a problem with the protocol. you have encountered a problem. and so on. PING Found a Problem If you are unable to reach a host computer. Usually this means you have the wrong IP address.48. or the computer you are PINGing is not using the TCP/IP protocol. you will be testing a larger portion of the network.6 Continue the process by PINGing another workstation.55. Cable Problems Cabling problems are simple: either they work or they don’t. It could simply mean that it is not logged on to the network.Conclusion PING 195. With each step. For the IPX/SPX networks. The biggest problem with them is that we often assume that since they worked yesterday. the server.

Somewhere in the system is a table or database that provides the translations from number to name and vise versa. Replace any suspect drop or patch cables with a known good one. If there is a sudden change in performance.” With nslookup. suspect a loose or disconnected cable. NIC Indicator Lights Many network cards have from one to three LED lights (green or yellow) next to the cable connector. you can find them on the host in the systemroot\system32\driver directory.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Any time a computer was moved and it suddenly stops responding to the network. or hosts. Performance You think that your network is performing without problems. the first thing to do is find out what has changed. Another place to look for name resolution problems (on a local LAN) is in the HOSTS and LMHOSTS files. You know that the IP connection is good because you can PING the IP address. Check the indicator lights on the adapter card. (which the computers like) and the other is the IP address name (which we humans like). Name Resolution You are testing a new workstation and are unable to see the workstation by its domain name. These lights can be seen from the back of the computer. If these files are being used. you will need to use a TCP/IP utility called “nslookup. If present. The difference between HOSTS and LMHOSTS is that HOSTS is used in place of DNS and LMHOSTS is used in place of WINS. To resolve this problem. One is the IP address number. That location is the DNS (Domain Name Server). while green lights indicate that all is well. we learned that workstations. they will indicate whether or not the card can detect the presence of a network and when data is being transmitted. Beyond that. . 260 Specialized Solutions. they will let you know if the card is working and if it can access the network. respectively. you can connect directly to the DNS and access the information stored there. but are starting to get complaints that “the network is slow. The actual function of each light will depend on the manufacturer and you may have to check the documentation that came with the card for details. Earlier.” What are you going to do? These problems are often difficult to resolve because there are a vast number of possibilities as to the cause. Inc. If no lights are on. How do you determine the problem? One network problem encountered is name resolution. you can be sure that the network is not being detected. have two names. we need to look at four limiting factors on performance. Any new hardware or applications (including upgrades) are always good candidates for the problem. In general. These are text files that are used to statically map local and remote hostnames and NetBIOS names to IP addresses.

The trick is knowing how the network performed when it was good and how it performs now. Resolving performance problems can be easy.Conclusion Bandwidth and Throughput Bandwidth and throughput are not the same thing. is the throughput and is measured in Mbps (Megabits per second). You can think of a network as a super highway and the vehicles as being packets of information. Specialized Solutions. A server with a memory deficiency will have to write information to a disk cache. for the most part. it will affect the entire network. you will need to run a series of tests and record the performance. A server that is operating its CPU at 100% will have to delay processing of each request until it completes its current request. you can print the same document at different times throughout the day and record the time it takes to print. Inc. To create a baseline. The bandwidth is the number of packets that can move past a point at any given time (also measured in Mbps). This can slow down data transfer. some network operating systems will allow for burst mode operation. Reading and writing from a disk is much slower than from memory. An application will have to be designed to take advantage of burst mode in order to use it. This may require the requestor to continue to resend its request. or maximum speed that traffic can move. For example. Latency Small delays in packet movement that are caused by devices is called latency. From this information. Therefore. The answer lies in creating a performance baseline. the more packets that can be moved). The performance of a network will only be as fast as the slowest link in the entire system. at a later date. if any one component is performing poorly. if you are experiencing slow printing. you can re-test the printer performance under the same conditions and determine if things have changed. 261 . Just like our highway. if the traffic gets too congested. Latency delays. you will know the high. Server/Workstation Limits Nothing will slow down a network more than a sluggish server. slow. Application Efficiency Any application that was not designed to work over a network will be unable to take full advantage of network protocols. it can send data at a faster than rated speed. adding to the network load. everything slows down. Then. The speed limit. are negligible. Routers and switches that connect any two segments of a network can cause these delays. A baseline is simply a record of performance criteria at a given time. This means that for a small amount of time. For example. after you identify the problem. Think of the bandwidth as the number of lanes on the highway (the more lanes. and average time to print the document. but are interrelated. but can be measured and will affect performance in large networks.

etc. Windows has a built in performance monitor as part of its administrative tools. you can monitor and collect data for a variety of events. available memory. Windows Performance Monitor 262 Specialized Solutions. you will need to use some software called performance monitor for the server or network statistics software for the network itself. To collect these statistics. percent of network utilization. With this activated. etc. . With this tool. Inc. Network statistics will come from two sources – the server and the network. you will be able to monitor such events as processor time.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide The key to monitoring network performance is statistics. Similar software packages (usually as part of a network analyzer) will collect data for packets/sec.

Keyword Bandwidth IPCONFIG Latency Media Tester Multimeter Performance Monitor PING Punch Down Tool TDR Throughput Tone Generator Tone Locator WINIPCFG Wire Crimper Definition Specialized Solutions.Conclusion KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book. Inc. 263 .

What TCP/IP utility can you use to find the IP address of the workstation? 8. What utility can you use to confirm that the protocol stack is good? 6. What would be the best tool to help you locate the cable in question? 4. You have located the cable in question #3. What is the easiest way to tell if the network card can “see” the network? 9. are you finished with the troubleshooting process? 3. You need to know the IP address of a workstation. What utility can you use to determine the performance of the server? Conclusion 264 Specialized Solutions. You are troubleshooting a cable problem. . but need to know which of the 50 cables goes to the accounting office. What are the three primary steps to take when troubleshooting? 2. What tool would you need to find the short? 5. What is the loopback IP address? 7. You have just connected a workstation to the network. You have a Windows 2000 network and received complaints that the server is running slowly. You have found the cabinet with the patch panel and hub. You are working with a TCP/IP network and want to confirm the protocol stack in a specific workstation. Inc. What is the difference between bandwidth and throughput? 10. After repairing a problem. and think it might be shorted.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 11 1.

Thank you for allowing us to be your training partner and please let us know if we can help with any of your future training needs. start taking the practice exams that are on the CD-ROM that was included with this course. at Specialized Solutions. To measure your retention of these materials. When you are ready to schedule your exam. Remember. We love to hear from our students. our success is directly tied to the success that our students have with our training and certification products. the best thing about a self-study course is that you are able to review it as much. so if you have any questions. After taking a practice exam. we’d be happy to hear from you! Remember. The following “Appendix A” is an excellent source of review material. be sure to refer back to the beginning of this book for tips on what to expect at the exam site. 265 . Inc. Specialized Solutions. and don’t forget to use the Glossary. be sure to review any areas that need improvement. or if you just want to let us know how you are doing. as you like. you are ready to sit for your certification exam. When you are consistently achieving scores in the 90% range. and as often.Conclusion This concludes our Network+ Training & Test Preparation guide. We hope that you have enjoyed your Network+ training journey as much as we have enjoyed providing it to you.

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267 . Only 3 segments can contain nodes. Coaxial Cable Types Not all coaxial cables are the same. Inc. you must conform to the 5-4-3 rule. Impedance is a unit of measurement for resistance to AC voltages. It is expressed in ohms. Uses 10Base5 Thicknet 10Base5 Thicknet 10Base2 Thinnet Cable TV ARCnet Type RG-8 RG-11 RG-58 RG-59 RG-62 Impedance – Ohms 50 50 50 75 93 Specialized Solutions. Maximum of 4 repeaters.Appendix A – Tech Summary Appendix A – Tech Summary The following tables summarize key information found in this course: 5-4-3 Rule When installing coaxial Ethernet cabling. all electronic components must operate at the same impedance. Using the wrong cable will cause poor performance and/or failure of the network. In order for the network to operate at peak performance. They are specified based on their impedance. • • • Maximum of 5 segments in a series.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Cable RG-58 /U RG-58 A/U RG-58 C/U RG-59 RG-6 Solid copper core. Military specification of RG-58 A/U. such as cable television. Length (meters) Speed Mbps Nodes Per Segment Max Segments Max. ArcNet networks. RG-62 Ethernet Cabling Cable Type Topology Max. Repeaters Max Segments with Nodes 3 10Base5 Coaxial Thicknet Coaxial Thinnet Bus 500 10 100 5 4 10Base2 Bus 185 10 30 5 4 3 268 Specialized Solutions. Inc. but also used for broadband transmissions. . Larger in diameter and rated for higher frequencies than RG-59. Description Stranded wire core. Broadband transmission.

Same as type 1. Cannot be used for 16 Mbps Token Ring. Four twisted pairs with three twists per inch. Six twisted pairs. IBM Cable Types (Token Ring) IBM has created its own standards for their Token Ring Networks. Not Defined Two 62. Two STP –26 AWG wire. Data grade up to 100 Mbps. Inc. Two STP – 26 AWG wire. Specialized Solutions. but adds voice capability along with data. Four twisted pairs with 5 twists per inch. Plenum grade. Contains a shield for use under carpets. Four UTP with two twists per inch – 22 or 24 AWG wire –maximum cable length is 45 meters (148 feet). 269 Fiber Optic Data patch cables. Not Defined Two STP – 26 AWG. Uses Voice ONLY 10 Mbps Data grade up to 16 Mbps. Lower cost alternative to type 1 or 2.Appendix A – Tech Summary UTP Cable Categories Category 1&2 3 4 5 Wire Specs Suitable only below 4 Mbps. Type 1 2 Wire Specs Two STP solid core 22 AWG wires – maximum length 101 meters (331 feet). two STP and four UTP – maximum length 100 meters (328 feet). Voice-grade cable. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 . Uses Connect between terminals and distribution boxes or between different wiring closets.5/125-micron multi-mode fibers. Four twisted pairs with 4 twists per inch.

x Standard 802.1 802. 802.11 802.2 802.3 802. Inc.7 802. They also divide the Data Link Layer into two sub-layers: Logical Link Control and Media Access Controls. .9 802.x Standards The IEEE 802 standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI Model.5 802.12 Basis of Standard Internetworking Logical Link Control Sub Layer CSMA/CD Ethernet Token Bus LAN Token Ring LAN Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) Broadband Technologies Fiber Optic Technologies Hybrid Voice/Data Networks Network Security Wireless Networks High Speed LANs 270 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802.4 802.10 802.8 802.6 802.

COM4 COM1. Inc. COM3 LPT2 Floppy Controller LPT1 Real-time Clock Available SCSI/available Available Math Coprocessor Primary IDE Secondary IDE Available for Change No No Yes Usually Usually Usually-Often used for NICs. 271 .Appendix A – Tech Summary IRQ Assignments IRQ assignments can vary from computer to computer. The following is a standard configuration for IRQ settings: IRQ 0 1 2/9 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 Function System Timer Keyboard Controller Available COM2. however. No Usually No Yes Yes Yes If no math coprocessor No Usually Specialized Solutions. there are some that are always the same and some that can be changed.

. Inc.LPT2 380 to 38F 390 to 39F 272 Specialized Solutions. The following are common address assignments: 200 to 20F – Game Port 210 to 21F 220 to22F 230 to 23F – Bus Mouse 240 to 24F 260 to 26F 270 to 27F .LPT3 280 to 28F 290 to 29F 2A0 to 2AF 2B0 to 2BF 2C0 to 2CF 2D0 to 2DF 2E0 to 2EF – COM2 300 to 30F – Network Adapter Card 310 to 31F – Network Adapter Card 320 to 32F – Hard Disk Controller (For PS/2 Model 30) 330 to 33F 340 to 34F 350 to 35F 360 to 36F 370 to 37F .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide In addition to IRQs you may have to set the Base I/O address.

Inc. 273 .Appendix A – Tech Summary 3A0 to 3AF 3B0 to 3BF – LPT1 3C0 to 3CF – EGA/VGA 3D0 to 3DF – CGA/MCGA (also EGA/VGA in color video Modes) 3E0 to 3EF 3F0 to 3FF – Floppy Disk Controller OSI Model Specialized Solutions.

x.0 255.x 192.0.255.x 128. Inc.534 254 274 Specialized Solutions.x.x. .x. Subnet masks are assigned according to the following three classes: Class A B C IP Address 001.255. x.0 255.x Default Subnet Mask 255.0.x to 223.x to 191. Hubs.x.x. Repeaters Computers Devices Subnet Masking Subnet masks are used to divide an IP address into its network address and host address.777.x.x.0 Number of Networks 126 16.0.255.152 Number of Host 16.x.214 65.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide OSI Model and Connectivity Devices: Layer Number 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Name Application Presentation Gateways Session Transport Network Data Link Physical Routers Brouter Bridges Switches NICs.384 2.x.097. x.x to 126.

the subnet mask. PING ARP RARP Specialized Solutions. Used to see the entries in the Address Resolution table (uses IP addresses to find MAC addresses). Uses a MAC address to find an IP address.0. Here are some command-line utilities: IFCONFIG IPCONFIG Shows the Linux user’s network interface configuration. 275 . Use the loopback address (127. the subnet address. and default gateway. it will return. If all is well. Inc.Appendix A – Tech Summary TCP/IP Ports A port is a virtual outlet that can be opened on a network device. Common ports are as follows: Service FTP TELNET SMTP HTTP POP3 Port 21 23 25 80 110 TCP/IP Utilities TCP/IP provides many tools for troubleshooting networks.0. Displays the basic local host configuration – IP address.1) to test the IP architecture and configuration. Sends a test packet to a specified address.

Used to check the status of current IP connections. NBSTAT NETSTAT TRACERT NSLOOKUP Topology Review In a bus topology. all computers are connected in a series. Use ROUTE PRINT to display contents. all computers are connected to a hub. In a star topology. Used to check the resolution of NetBIOS names to TCP/IP addresses. ROUTE ADD to add entries and ROUTE DELETE to remove entries. .) Used to verify entries on a DNS server. Inc. Used to verify the route to a remote host. (Pronounced Trace Route.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide ROUTE Used to see the local routing table and to add entries to it. 276 Specialized Solutions.

all computers are logically connected in a circle. In a mesh topology. Specialized Solutions. Inc. all computers are connected to each other. 277 .Appendix A – Tech Summary In a ring topology.

and continuity of electronic devices and circuitry. resistance. Inc. Also called a network analyzer.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Transmission Media Media UTP STP Coaxial Thicknet Coaxial Thinnet Fiber Optic Infrared Bandwidth (Mbps) 4-100 16-155 10 10 2000 1-10 Nodes/Segment 1 Varies 100 30 1 NA Maximum Nodes per Network 1024 260 300 90 1024 Varies Maximum Cable Length (meters) 100 100 500 185 2000 32 Troubleshooting Tools Hardware Volt/Ohm Meter Cable Tester Oscilloscope Uses Used to test voltages. Protocol Analyzer 278 Specialized Solutions. An electronic device that graphically displays frequency and magnitude of analog signals. Used to capture packets on a network and analyze them. . TDR – checks and locates breaks in cables. Used with TDR to locate cable breaks. Can also be used for precise voltage measurements.

Used to provide information for network baselines. Inc. 279 . Simple Network Management Protocol – used to monitor network devices (servers. routers. interface cards. and networks. and bridges). servers.Appendix A – Tech Summary Software Performance Monitor Uses Use to monitor and graphically display various performance parameters found on workstations. Event Viewer SNMP Specialized Solutions. Displays or prints a list of events. hubs.

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novell. Inc. 281 .com Novell http://www.cnet.microsoft.Appendix B – Useful Web Sites Appendix B – Useful Web Sites Microsoft: http://www.com Specialized Solutions.com Other Helpful Sites http://www.

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let alone the networking industry. search for these organizations on the Internet. This is a common code for basic characters and numbers. it is perhaps best known for the development of the ASCII character set.Appendix C – Network Standards Organizations Appendix C – Network Standards Organizations The networking industry is full of standards and committees making new standards. CCITT The CCITT (Comité Consultatif Internationale de Télégraphie et Téléphonie) is an international organization also known as the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is an organization of industry and business groups who develop trade and communication standards. 283 . Specialized Solutions. ANSI This is one of the most common standards in the computing industry. Perhaps the most famous standards are the “V” standards for modems and Faxes. EIA The Electronics Industries Association (EIA) is a group of American manufacturers of electronic equipment. It is prominent in developing standards for the interface between data processing equipment and communication equipment. This appendix will summarize several of the important standards used in the network industry. Perhaps the most well known standard is the RS-232 standard for serial communication via DB-9 and DB-25 connector. As its name implies. ANSI also is the United States representative on several international organizations like ISO and CCITT (see below). Inc. it is responsible for establishing standards for communication. For additional information. In the computing industry.

A major ISO contribution to the network community was the development of the OSI (Open System Interconnection) model.x committee. . This is a common platform for transferring data from one database application to another. 284 Specialized Solutions. Since they cover a wide variety of equipment. the data can be smoothly transferred.) publishes many standards for electrical and electronic equipment. the IEEE is subdivided into committees. ISO The International Standards Organization (ISO) is responsible for establishing international standards for all services and manufactured product. SAG SAG or SQL Access Group is working in conjunction with ISO to develop interoperability standards. Inc. See Appendix A for a summary of the 802. Inc. The one that is important to networking professionals is called the IEEE 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. its emphasis is on SQL or the Structured Query Language. These standards are used for equipment operating in the Physical and Data link layers of the OSI Model. Be careful to not get ISO and OSI confused. As long as both are SQL compliant.x sub-committees. As you may guess from its name.

and may be obtained by calling Prometric or VUE. please have the following available: Social Security Number or Testing ID Two forms of ID (one with photo) Mailing address and telephone number. Method of payment. To register via the Internet. credit card or voucher. The test is available to anyone who wants to take the test. 285 .com for Prometric or www. Individuals may retake the test as often as they like. or by requesting an invoice be sent to you or your employer. Vouchers and coupons are also redeemed at this time. either by credit card. go to www. Tests are given at both Prometric and VUE Authorized Testing Centers. Payment is made at the time of registration.com for VUE.2test.vue. Inc. Specialized Solutions. Date you wish to take the test. When you call. Payment must be made each time you take the test. Prices subject to change without notice.Appendix D – How to Register for the Exam Appendix D – How to Register for the Exam To Register for the Network+ Exams Register for the Network+ Certification Exam by calling 1-888-895-6116 for Prometric or 1-877-551-7587 for VUE.

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Application Server ARCNet ARP Attenuation AWG Bandwidth Specialized Solutions. The file server on an AppleTalk network. The highest layer of the OSI Model. American Wire Gauge AWG is the standard that describes wire thickness. Regenerates or amplifies a signal when it is passed through. Inc. or a circuit or device designed to handle such signals. usually expressed in cycles per second (Hertz or Hz). program. or bits per second (bps). The AWG wire number decreases as the wire thickness increases. so they can communicate with other applications or nodes. it supplies functions to applications. Acknowledgment message confirming receipt of the data packet. 287 . these three terms are often used interchangeably.Appendix E – Glossary Appendix E – Glossary Access Method ACK Active Hub Analog Signal AppleShare AppleTalk Application Application Layer A way of accessing the network. opposite of digital. The Apple networking protocol. The difference between the lowest and highest transmission channel frequencies. Attached Resource Computer Network Address Resolution Protocol The signal loss due to the physical properties of copper wire that happens over distance. A dedicated server for applications. Software. A continuously variable signal. or computers on the network (nodes).

A process used to identify any area on the network that may be experiencing problems. IP Address used by medium-sized networks. such as IBM. Companies contracted to carry our data over long distances. A bus driver. British Naval Connector BOOTstrap Protocol Boot Programmable Read Only Memory is used on networks that utilize diskless workstations. Inc. such as Microsoft. GM. . The location in a computer’s RAM of the beginning of the buffer area that is reserved for use by the NIC. these are all in use at the present time. Hardware that connects one network with another. or DEC. Class C IP addresses are used for smaller networks that do not exceed 254 hosts. Buffer Bus Topology Carrier Cellular Networking Class A IP Address Class B IP Address Class C IP Address 288 Specialized Solutions. Uses the entire capacity of the cable as a single channel. A LAN in which all workstations are connected to a single cable. An area of memory that holds information for a peripheral device until it can be processed. Broadband allows two or more channels to share the bandwidth of the cable or medium. A form of mobile computing.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Base I/O Port Address Base Memory Address Baseband Beaconing BNC Connector BOOTP Boot Prom Bridge Broadband The channel through which data flows between a computer’s hardware (such as a NIC) and the CPU. The signal flow is uni-directional. Can also refer to a class of memory registers and devices that match data transfer speeds between computers and hardware (peripherals). IP Address used by very large networks.

or language.Appendix E – Glossary Client Client Software Clocking Coaxial Cable User computer “being served” by another computer. from computer or network to another. 289 . The method used by the NIC to count and pace the number of signals that it sends and receives. Inc. Cyclic Redundancy Check. Software used by the client. stored. as recognized by a computer and transmitted across a variety media. which is. is a number derived from. itself. surrounded by a tubular piece of plastic. Concentrator Cooperative Multitasking CRC Crosstalk CSMA/CA CSMA/CD CSNW CSU/DSU Data Data Encryption Specialized Solutions. Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection Carrier Sense NetWare Changes the frame types between the LAN and WAN Information. A form of multitasking. The signal bleed that occurs between individual wires in a cable. Data that is encoded for security reasons. in which it is the responsibility of the currently running task to give up the processor. or Cyclic redundancy Code. or transmitted with a group of data in order to detect data corruption. using a specific protocol. called a server. Same as a hub. at the sender’s level and then decoded at the recipient’s level. An electrical cable consisting of a solid piece of metal wire surrounded by insulation. to allow other tasks to run.

It also receives acknowledgement frames. The Data Link layer splits data into frames. This access method is designed for the 100 Mbps Ethernet standard 100VG-AnyLAN Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol . . in a round-robin fashion.A method for leasing and maintaining that lease for IP addresses and related information to clients. which are large areas of data that are split into smaller non-contiguous blocks. A limited form of bus mastering. Domain Name System Default Gateway Demand Priority DHCP Digital Signal Disaster Recovery Disk Mirroring Disk Striping DMA (Direct Memory Access) DNS 290 Specialized Solutions. such as an individual file.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Data Link Layer The Data Link layer is the second lowest layer in the OSI model. It is the last stop before the data packets are placed on the media for transmission. so that one can take over for the other if it fails. (Simple “on” or “off” signal. Inc. so that the segments can be written to multiple disk drives. If the processor is capable of reading or writing data faster than a single disk can supply or accept it. Also called data striping. It performs error checking and re-transmits frames that were not received correctly. the second disk can locate the next segment while data is being transferred from the first disk. When you type the IP address of the gateway routers you have installed on your network. Baseband uses digital signals over a single frequency. for sending on the Physical layer. whichever one appears first on the list is considered the default gateway.) Being able to recover data from a disaster. this is the dividing into segments of logically sequential data. The use of two or more hard disks that “mirror” the main one. DMA allows a device to read and write memory without intervention by the CPU.

A network’s central computer. A Windows NT utility that will allow you to log any events and errors.25 packet switching technology. A set of programs running on a network’s gateway server that monitors incoming and outgoing traffic and allows only authorized packets to be transmitted or received. error detection.Appendix E – Glossary DSMN DSMN (Directory Service Manager for NetWare) is another add-on utility that is used to integrate user and group account information between the two operating systems. A group of bits containing address information. 291 DUN EISA Bus Ethernet EtherTalk Event Viewer FAT Fax Server Fiber-Optic Cable File Server Firewall Frame Relay Frames FTP Full-Duplex . An improved version of X. Specialized Solutions. File Transfer Protocol Data can travel in both directions at once. and other control information. sent over a communications channel. File Allocation Table A server on a network that is configured to provide both incoming and outgoing fax services to the entire network. Dial-up Networking Extended Industry Standard Architecture is a PC bus that converts the PC bus from 16-bits to 32-bits. Inc. A local area network (LAN) recognized as the industry standard. with a very large amount of storage space for shared files. Optical fibers carry digital signals in the form of modulated pulses of light. A way to run AppleTalk on coaxial cable using an EtherTalk NB NIC.

RFC 792. Inc. is an extension to the Internet Protocol (IP) that allows for the generation of error messages. and informational messages related to IP. star. The portion of a packet that contains source and destination addresses. A network topology that combines bus. Independent Computing Architecture Internet Control Message Protocol. using different protocols. GSNW Half-Duplex Header HOSTS and LMHOSTS files HTTP HTTPS Hub Hybrid Topology ICA ICMP ICS IFCONFIG IMAP4 Interoperability IP IP Address 292 Specialized Solutions. to communicate with each other. Gateway Service for NetWare Half-Duplex can send transmissions both ways (send and receive). but only one at a time. . HOSTS is used for DNS and LMHOSTS is used for WINS. even though there may be multiple machines from multiple vendors. RFC 791. or ring topologies. Internet Connection Sharing Shows the user’s network interface configuration Internet Messaging Access Protocol The ability of software and hardware to communicate. that enables two networks. defined in STD 5. and other information. Internet Protocol This 32-bit host address defined by the Internet Protocol in STD 5. test packets. It precedes the actual data. Text files that are used to look up and resolve names to IP addresses. Hypertext Transfer Protocol HyperText Transport Protocol Secure The center of a cabling system or a network with star topology architecture.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Gateway A computer that acts as a translator. is usually represented in dotted decimal notation.

Multistation Access Unit in a Token Ring network.” Server used for E-mail. and video data sources. 293 ISA Bus ISDN Kerberos L2TP LAN Laser Transmissions Latency LLC LocalTalk MAC Mail Server MAN Management Software MAU/MSAU . The MAC address is the address that is hardwired onto the NIC by the manufacturer.Appendix E – Glossary IPCONFIG IPsec IRQ DOS command that tells you the IP address for your computer. Specialized Solutions. it’s “hardware address. Integrated Services Digital Network is a set of communication standards that allows a single wire or optical fiber to carry voice. internally wired to connect the stations into a logical ring. A system for user authentication Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol Local Area Network A wireless network standard that uses laser beams for the transmission of data. a device to attach multiple network stations in a star topology. Media Access Control – a sublayer of the Data Link Layer. across a network connection. Logical Link Control – a sublayer of the Data Link Layer AppleTalk networks are usually called LocalTalk. Metropolitan Area Network The primary software package used by the administrator. Inc. The time it takes for a packet to go from sender to receiver. Industry Standard Architecture refers to the bus architecture used in the IBM PC. A security protocol that works at network layer Interrupt Request causes the processor to temporarily suspend normal instruction execution and to start executing an interrupt handler routine. data.

400 and by ISO as Message-Oriented Text Interchange Standard (MOTIS). Network Attached Storage Network Address Translation NetBIOS Statistics NetWare Directory Services Names used with WINS. Much like your local radio station. among others. . Tool used for testing the continuity and pin-outs of a cable Every device is connected to every other device by separate cables and has redundant paths. Performing multiple tasks simultaneously. Message Handling System – A standard defined by ITU-T as X. One of the most basic tools for electronic troubleshooting. protocol as well A group of computers linked together for the purpose of sharing resources. a 32-bit bus. Provides the physical connection to the network cable. The actual ring in a Token Ring network is in the hub. Single Frequency Radio. and is used by CompuServe. A method of data transmission. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide MCA Bus Micro Channel Architecture. Also known as a network interface card. A type of hub. A wireless network standard that uses microwave signals for data transmission. Media Media Tester Mesh Topology MHS Microwave Transmissions Multimeter Multistation Access Unit Multitasking Narrow-Band Radio NAS NAT NBTSTAT NDS NetBIOS Network Network Adapter Card 294 Specialized Solutions. MHS provides the functions for global E-mail transfer among local mail systems. The transmitter and receiver are tuned to the same frequency. introduced by IBM for its PS/2 computer line. totally incompatible with the original PC bus.

The network layer handles all the routing information as packets travel from one network to another. including network connectivity. 295 Non-Routable Protocol NOS NTFS NTSTAT NWLink Octet OSI Packets Passive Hub Password Security Patch Cable PCI Bus PCMCIA Card . Refers to the OSI (Open Systems Interface) Model. A packet actually refers to Application layer data units (APDU). A “packet” may also refer to a frame or datagram. A 32-bit architecture bus for PC expansion cards. A protocol that cannot be routed or passed through routers on a network.Appendix E – Glossary Network Administrator Network Interface Card (NIC) Network Layer The individual who has complete responsibility for maintaining a network. Each part of an IP Address that contains eight bits of data is called an octet. A user has to enter a password to gain access to the network or to shared resources. Inc. Network Operating System NT File System A TCP/IP utility command that will return information regarding the status of a network. depending on the protocol. Acts as a connection point only. An adapter circuit board installed in a computer that provides a physical connection to a network. PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) cards are credit card sized expansion buses that are used in portable computers (laptops) to provide the same expandability enjoyed by desktop computers. They extend the connection between the computer and the hub or between two hubs. A Windows NT service that allows for interoperability with the NetWare NOS. A generic term used to describe a unit of data. The hardware that is used to construct the network plays an important role at this layer. Specialized Solutions.

depending upon the needs of the user. converting character sets and encrypting data. used to circulate air through a building. Inc. A group of protocols that are used to communicate between computers on a network. A way of testing the server to see if it is alive and functioning. this feature has a different scheme called cooperative multitasking. allowing incompatible processes in the Application layer to communicate with the Session layer. . many third-party applications are available. such as a printer or scanner. The preemptive feature allows NT to hand out slices of CPU time. A hardware device.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Peer-to-Peer Performance Monitor All the computers on the network can act as either a client or server. Although included as part of Windows NT. which means that a process can take control of the CPU and check for other processes. and even if a process takes full control. This layer determines the interface hardware and the medium that will be used to transmit the data from the Data Link layer. Dedicated server for printing. A software tool that is used to monitor the performance of a network server. and running on TCP/IP. Post Office Protocol 3 Point-to-Point Protocol Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol Introduced in version 3. The OSI model is the ideal protocol stack. The space between the ceiling and the floor above. other processes will still run.1.5 of Windows 3. Peripheral Physical Layer PING Plenum Port Number POP3 PPP PPTP Preemptive Multitasking Presentation Layer Print Server Protocol Stack 296 Specialized Solutions. The Physical layer is the lowest layer in the OSI Model. The Presentation layer formats data exchange. Defines a channel between a device and the processor.

A protocol that can be routed over the internet or through routers on a network. Redirects a call from one port to another. the proxy server. Storage Area Network Punch Down Tool RAID RARP RAS Redirector/Requester Reflective Infrared Repeater Resources Ring Speed Ring Topology RJ-11 Connector RJ-45 Connector Routable Protocol Router SAN Specialized Solutions. The signal is beamed towards a central unit. 297 . For example. Connector used with UTP and STP network cables. In a Ring topology. redirects a print job from the local port to the network printer. Inc. which then routes the signal appropriately. i. In Token-Ring networks. For example.e. Connector used with standard telephone wire. A service provided by Windows NT that allows most of the services provided by a network. Used to increase cable distances in network environments. the devices are connected in a continuous loop. A device that forwards packets between networks.Appendix E – Glossary Proxy Server One that serves many clients through only one connection. the ring speed on the NIC is set to either 4 Mbps or 16 Mbps. Flat cable with 2 or 4 conductors. Used for “punching” down wire to a block Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks Uses a MAC address to find an IP address. including support for dialup and logon. The services or peripherals that are shared over the network. to be accessed via a modem. the user is connecting to the Internet via a secondary source. Will hold up to 4 pairs of conductors.

Narrow-Band Radio Transmission Serial Line Internet Protocol. SDH Security Server Server Software Session Layer Sharing Shielded Twisted Pair Simplex Single-Frequency Radio SLIP SMAU SMTP SNMP 298 Specialized Solutions. A type of cable in which pairs of conductors are twisted together to prevent possible cross-talk from nearby wiring. etc. usually over Ethernet. Allowing files to be shared from one computer to another. to be used over a serial link. The effective distance of the signal is limited to about 100 feet.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Satellite Microwave Scatter Infrared A wireless network that utilizes microwave signals to transmit data. data transfer. the Internet standard protocol defined in STD 15. Synchronous Digital Hierarchy The system used to protect data on a network from unauthorized use. ceilings. A uni-directional data channel. Inc. defined in RFC 1055. Smart Multistation Access Unit Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is used to transfer E-mail between computers. Transmission rates are slower with this type. acknowledgments (ACK). RFC 1157. as the signal is designed to bounce off of walls. was developed to manage nodes on an IP network. until it reaches the receiver. normally used on Ethernet. connection establishment and release. Simple Network Management Protocol. The Session layer handles such things as security authentication. . as opposed to duplex. is software that allows the Internet Protocol (IP). A computer on a network that provides services to other computers. SNMP is not limited to TCP/IP. Software that resides on a server.

Time-Domain Reflectometer – A cable tester. A connector that has a built-in resistor in order to absorb signals and eliminate signal bounce. a router can determine what addresses are local and what addresses are for other subnets within the network.Appendix E – Glossary SONET Spread-Spectrum Radio Synchronous Optical Network Spread-spectrum broadcasts over a range of frequencies. A type of coaxial cable whose maximum segment length is 185 meters. rigid coaxial cable with multiple shielding and an impedance of 50 ohms. A form of microwave communication used for earthbased communication between two buildings. the official protocol of the Internet. The process of subdividing a network into logical units. The maximum speed that “traffic” can move. the entire network goes down. An access method used in a Token Ring topology. Maximum segment length is 500 meters. measured in Mbps (Megabits per minute). so it is less susceptible to eavesdropping. If the hub fails. Inc. This type of transmission is commonly used to connect multiple LAN segments together. Specialized Solutions. Transmission Control Protocol over Internet Protocol. that uses a large diameter. Using binary addition. A LAN topology that uses an access method called token passing. An Ethernet cable variant commonly known as 10base5. such as bodies of water or deserts.5 Standard) environment. A way to run AppleTalk in a Token Ring (IEEE 802. or across large flat open areas. 299 SSL Star Topology Subnet Mask Subnetting TCP/IP TDR Terminator Terrestrial Microwave Thicknet Thinnet Throughput Token Passing Token Ring TokenTalk . Secure Sockets Layer A LAN topology in which all workstations are wired directly to a central workstation called a hub.

” Trace Route command in NT allows you to specify a remote host and report back on each subsequent router and the times it takes to traverse those routers in a command line interface. Additionally named traceroute in UNIX environments.” A receiver set to the frequency of the generator.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Tone Generator Connected to the wires at the known location (the room with the outlet). which. User Datagram Protocol. Tool for stripping and cutting wire Tone Locator TRACERT Trailer Transceiver Transport Layer UDP UNIX Unshielded Twisted Pair Vampire Tap VLAN WAN WINIPCFG Wire Crimper 300 Specialized Solutions. thus locating the wires. Connectors that utilize sharp teeth to pierce the cable jacket to make the connection. The “fox. The Transport layer is responsible for packaging (and un-packaging) the data for transport. When the receiver is placed in close proximity to the wire that has the signal applied. A device that transmits and receives data. The “hound. it will emit a tone. like TCP. this applies a signal on the wires. A major operating system that is primarily used on minicomputers and has many features that are favored in the engineering and scientific environments. The part of a data packet that contains the error corrections information. is layered on top of IP. . RFC 768 is a connectionless protocol. and for the errorfree delivery of the transmitted data. Inc. defined in STD 6. Twisted network cables that do not have any shielding. Virtual LAN Wide Area Network A command used to display the current configuration of a Windows computer. Used on transceivers.

301 . resolve and also release the mapping of their network NetBIOS name to an IP address. such as Token Ring. using zones Zones Specialized Solutions. A named Subnetwork used for expanding the LocalTalk network or for relieving traffic on a larger network. Inc.Appendix E – Glossary WINS SERVER A way for Microsoft hosts to register themselves. AppleTalk can incorporate other types of networks.

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Name some advantages of a Peer-to-Peer network. Review Questions Chapter 1 1. What is the key difference between a local area network and a wide area network? A LAN is the basic building block (and smallest) of a network. Name some disadvantages of a Peer-to-Peer network. Files are easily accessed by all users. No security. Inc. 3. like one office). inexpensive to install (no need to buy expensive server). Workstations need to be close together (in a relatively small area. 2. and peripheral devices. What does MAN stand for and why is it no longer in use? Metropolitan Area Networks have been replaced by the Internet. A WAN is created by connecting LANs together. What is a “sneaker net”? The “old fashioned” way computer users shared resources by taking a file on a floppy disk to the computer that had the services they needed to use. 5. 6.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers The following are the questions found at the end of each chapter along with the correct answers. LANs typically also have much faster communication speed than WANs. Specialized Solutions. Access can be denied to unauthorized users (security). What is the main reason for networking computers? To share resources. configure. and manage (each user manages their own computer) for a small number of workstations (10 or less). A WAN is not geographically limited. Dragging a printer from computer to computer for users to utilize is another form of a sneaker net. 303 . Name some advantages of having centralized documents. loss of performance occurs if expanded over 10 workstations. Simple to install. 4. data backups can be more easily and routinely performed. 7. such as data. applications. It is confined to a limited area.

File and resource security available to limit unauthorized access. The three basic topologies are: Bus. Inc. and Ring. Non-preemptive multitasking is when the task decides when it is done with the CPU. Expensive to install (will need to purchase expensive server). Preemptive multitasking means that the operating system can take control of the processor without a task’s permission. Name some advantages of a Server-based network. 10.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 8. and Demand Priority. 9. More difficult to install and configure. 2. Logical topologies represent the way that a networks functions. Review Questions Chapter 2 1. What is the difference between preemptive and non-preemptive multitasking? Multitasking means that a computer has the ability to perform more than one task at a time. Some NOSs function as the operating system that runs a computer’s stand-alone functions as well as its network interfaces. . Name the three basic topologies. Token Passing. Centralized administration. more difficult to manage (needs an administrator). 11. Star. Ease of data backups. What is the difference between an operating system and a network operating system? Network operating systems are specialized operating systems designed to function in a network environment. What is the difference between a physical and logical topology? Physical topologies are the actual wires and hardware that we can see. They represent what the topology looks like. Name some disadvantages of a Server-based network. Centralized location of resources (server). Name two media access methods The access methods are CSMA/CD CSMA/CA. Increased performance on large networks. Can be expanded as network grows. 12. 304 Specialized Solutions.

Unlike NetWare. What is the purpose of the redirector? The redirector (in Novell NetWare it is called the requester) forwards requests away from the local bus. management. Inc. NetWare is designed as an operating system that will overlay _____________ environments. What is NTFS? NTFS is the file system in Windows NT and it must be utilized in order to take full advantage of NT’s security features. The purpose of the redirector is to make network resources look like local resources to the application. Windows NT combines the _____________ and the ___________________ into one. and file and print services. redirecting them to the server. Specialized Solutions. NetWare is a reliable operating system that provides excellent performance and security. What is NDS? NDS (NetWare Directory Services) is the core of the NetWare operating system. It is a hierarchically organized database that provides security.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 3. 9. Organization of network resources such as users. messaging. 5. 7. groups. What are the minimum hardware requirements for installing Novell NetWare version 5? Pentium Class or Higher CPU. 305 . name service. 64 MB RAM. It is designed as an operating system that will overlay multi-operating system environments. Define interoperability. and volumes is also handled with NDS. Interoperability describes the ability of an operating system to interact with other operating systems. 4. 550 MB of free hard drive space. 8. servers. Windows NT combines the operating system and the network operating system into one. routing. web-publishing. 6.

What OS is similar to UNIX and is a publicly open system? Linux 14. Name the seven layers of the OSI model. . Name some of the services and protocols that Microsoft included with Windows NT to ensure interoperability with NetWare. A domain is simply a group of workstations with a shared security database. 125 MB free hard drive space. and Physical 3. NWLink is a protocol based on Novell’s IPX/SPX and is used for communication between the two systems. 13. Inc. Who developed the OSI model? The OSI model was developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization).Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 10.What type of network would utilize Windows for Workgroups as an operating system? Windows for Workgroups is a version of Windows 3. DSMN (Directory Service Manager for NetWare) is used to integrate user and group account information between NT and NetWare. Presentation. 12. 2. Application. What is a domain? NT uses domains in order to accomplish its security goals. 16 MB RAM. CSNW (Client Services for NetWare) allows NT workstations to use file and print services on a NetWare server. FPNW (File and Print Services for NetWare) allows NetWare clients to access NT file and print services. 11. Review Questions Chapter 3 1. Session. What are the minimum hardware requirements for Windows NT Server? 476DX-3 CPU. Network. A network adapter card operates at the _______ layer of the OSI model Network layer 306 Specialized Solutions. Data Link.1 that includes the ability to run a peer-to-peer network. Transport. What type of computer was developed by Apple computer in 1984? The Macintosh 15. Migration Tool for NetWare is used to convert NetWare accounts to NT. GSNW (Gateway Services for NetWare) provides the gateway between an NT domain and the NetWare server.

It is a computer’s physical address. A router operates at the _________layer of the OSI model.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 4. The ____________ layer is responsible for the mechanical and electrical functions of transmitting data over a network. 13. What is the function of the Presentation Layer? The Presentation layer is the translator for the network. simply a support layer that allows an application to use the network by acting as a translator. Which OSI layer is responsible the MAC address? The Data Link layer 8. managing. Which part of this MAC address is the Device ID? D3-B4-01 14. 11. A bridge operates at the ________ layer of the OSI model. Inc. What is a MAC address? The MAC address is another name for the 12-digit (6-byte) hexadecimal address that is hardwired on the NIC by the manufacturer. Network Layer 6. This is not the actual application or program. What is the function of the Application Layer? The Application layer is responsible for communication between a user’s application and the network. Which OSI layer makes routing decisions? The Network layer Specialized Solutions. Which OSI layer is responsible for establishing. Physical 10. Data Link layer 5. 9. 307 . Data compression takes place at the __________ layer of the OSI. and ending connections? The Session layer 12. Presentation layer 7. It translates data into a format that is compatible with the network and back into a format that is compatible with the computer.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 15. Which OSI layer is responsible for delivering data in sequence, without duplication and error free? The Transport layer 16. The Data Link layer has been split into two sub-layers. What are they? The Logical Link (LLC) layer and the Media Access Control (MAC) layer 17. What is the function of a Gateway? A gateway translates between two networks that use different protocols. A computer with special software serves as a gateway and allows for communication between completely dissimilar networks. 18. Which IEEE standard defines the Logical Link Control (LLC) sub-layer? 802.2 19. What are NDIS and ODI? They are Network Adapter Card interface specifications. They are incompatible with each other. NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) was co-developed by Microsoft and 3Com, while ODI (Open Data Link Interface) was co-developed by Novell and Apple. The purpose of these standards is to allow operating system vendors to write multiple drivers for the same NIC. This way more than one protocol can be bound to a single NIC. 20. Describe protocol binding. In order to function, a protocol must be bound to the NIC. This binding process is what links the protocol stacks to the NIC driver. It is possible to bind two protocols the one NIC (such as TCP/IP and IPX/IPX) or to have two NICs with one protocol bound to each one. The order in which these protocols are bound to the NIC determines which one the network operating system will attempt to use first. 21. Which is faster, connection-oriented communication or connectionless communication? Connectionless communication is faster, but connection-oriented communication is more reliable. 22. . Name as many routable protocols as you can remember. AppleTalk, DECnet, IPX/SPX, PPP, PPTP, SLIP, SMB, SNA, TCP/IP, UDP, X.25, XNS 23.. You have expanded your NetBEUI network into two segments and are using an intelligent router to optimize network traffic. Will this work? Why or Why not? 308

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1. What is the maximum segment length of Thinnet? 185 meters 2. What is the maximum segment length of Thicknet? 500 meters 3. What type of connectors are used with Coaxial cable? BNC connectors 4. What is the purpose of a transceiver? A transceiver is a device that both transmits and receives data on a network. 5. How is a vampire tap connected? They utilize sharp teeth that puncture the cable to make the connection. 6. What is the purpose of plenum cabling? Plenum grade cabling is used in the plenum (the space between the ceiling and the floor above, which is used to circulate air in a building). Fire codes usually call for special cable in this area because PVC cable gives off poisonous gas and fumes when burned, which would end up being circulated throughout the building. 7. What is the maximum segment length of UTP? 100 meters 8. What is the transmission speed of category 5 cabling? Up to 100 Mbps

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Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 9. What is the most popular of the cable types? UTP is the less expensive of the twisted pair cable types. It is also flexible and easy to install, making it the most popular cable type. 10. Which twisted pair cabling is less sensitive to EMI? STP is insulated with a foil mesh between the wire pairs, which results in less sensitivity to EMI and crosstalk. 11. What type of connector is used with twisted pair cable? RJ-45 connectors 12. What is the most expensive cable type? Fiber-Optic cable is the ideal cable type for networking. However, it is the most expensive and most difficult to install. 13. What is the least expensive of the cable types? UTP is the least expensive of the cable types. It is also flexible and easy to install, making it the most popular cable type. 14. List some advantages of fiber-optic cable. Fiber-optic supports extremely high bandwidths, segment lengths of up to several miles, and it is not subject to EMI or eavesdropping. 15. What does AWG stand for and what is it? American Wire Gauge (AWG) is the standard that describes wire thickness. The AWG wire number decreases as the wire thickness increases. 16. Describe baseband. Baseband uses the entire capacity of the cable as a single channel. 17. Describe broadband. Broadband allows two or more channels to share the bandwidth of the cable, making the signal flow unidirectional. 18. What is the difference between simplex, half-duplex, and full-duplex communication? Simplex communication is one way, can receive but not send. For example, a pager. Half-duplex communication can send or receive, but not at the same time. For example, a CB radio. Full-duplex can send and receive signals at the same time. For example, the telephone. 310 Specialized Solutions, Inc.

Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 19. What is the function of a network adapter card? Network Adapter Cards or Network Interface Cards (NICs) are used to connect the computer to the network. (They make the physical connection to the network.) NICs translate the data that computers can understand into signals that can be transmitted over the network medium and back again. 20. In Token Ring networks, what are the two ring speeds available? In a Token Ring network if the correct ring speed is not selected a computer will not be able to connect to the network. The two choices available are 4 Mbps and 16 Mbps. 21. Where would you expect to find a PCMCIA card? PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) cards are credit card sized expansion buses that are used in portable computers (laptops) to provide the same expandability enjoyed by desktop computers, including network connectivity. 22. What are some of the reasons you would need to install a wireless network? To create a temporary network, to backup a cable-based network, to provide a mobile network environment, for areas where running cable would be impossible or unsightly, outdoor installations and to connect to remote sites such as a ship or oil platform. 23. What are the four basic wireless transmission types? Infrared, Laser, Radio, and Microwave 24. Which is the most secure type of radio wireless network? Spread-Spectrum Radio is more secure than Single-Frequency Radio (Narrow-Band Radio) because it broadcasts over a range of frequencies instead of just one. 25. Which microwave transmission type is used to transmit globally? Satellite microwave is used to transmit globally; Terrestrial microwave is used to transmit over shorter distances.

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Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 2. Describe the difference between the two different contention methods CSMA/CD and CSMA/CA. CSMA/CD stands for Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection and CSMA/CA stands for Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance. Both CSMA/CD and CSMA/CA listen to the network cable to determine if it is free (Carrier Sense), if no data is traveling, a CSMA/CD computer will transmit. If there is another computer on the network that transmitted at exactly the same time, a data collision will occur, and both sets of data will be destroyed. CSMA/CD detects that a collision has occurred and waits a specified amount of time before re-transmitting. With CSMA/CA the process is much the same except that instead of just transmitting when it senses that the cable is free, it will send a signal that it is about to transmit. This will cause any other computer that was about to transmit to wait and so data collisions are avoided. This extra step can slow down network traffic, so CSMA/CA is not the most popular of the two contention methods. 3. Why isn’t token passing considered a contention method? A computer on a token passing access method network must possess the token in order to transmit data. Therefore, only one computer at a time will transmit in this kind of architecture, and so, no contention. 4. Describe how data is transmitted in Token Ring architecture A token, which is a special kind of packet, is circulated around the ring from computer to computer in a Token Ring network. A computer that wants to send data onto the network waits until the token is passed to it and takes possession of it. The transmitting computer encodes the token with the data that it wants to transmit, as well as header and trailer information that contain the destination and source addresses, as well as error control information. It then passes the token back out onto the ring where it travels on until it reaches the destination computer. The destination computer copies the data into its buffer and adds some acknowledgment information (or re-transmittal information if it detected errors) and releases the frame back out onto the network where it travels back to the source computer. Assuming that the data was transmitted error-free, the source computer removes the “used” frame from the network and creates a new “free” token to release back out onto the network.

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Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 5. What happens if two computers using the demand priority access method transmit at exactly the same time? If the hub receives two transmissions at exactly the same time the one with the highest priority is processed first. If the two transmissions have the same priority level, they are processed at the same time by alternating between the transmissions. 6. How is data transmitted over the network cable? In packets or frames. (Small chunks of data at a time.) 7. What is CRC and what part of the packet is it usually located in? CRC (Cyclical Redundancy Check) is a mathematical calculation that is calculated at the source computer and included in the trailer of the packet. When data arrives at the destination computer, the calculation is redone and if it calculates as it did at the source computer it is assumed that the data arrived intact. 8. What sort of information do packet headers contain? The header contains information such as an alert signal that announces that data is being transmitted, the source and destination addresses and clocking information. 9. What does the “T” in 10BaseT indicate? The first part indicates transmission speed (10 means it transmits at 10 Mbps), the second part “Base” indicates that it uses baseband (single channel) technology and the last part indicates the cabling type, or maximum segment length in the case of coaxial cable. (“T” indicates Twisted-pair). 10. What is the maximum segment length in 10Base2? 185 Meters. The “2” in this case means 2 times 100 meters, but in the case of Thinnet coaxial cable the maximum segment length is 185 meters. 11. What type of connectors are used in 10Base5? BNC connectors 12. What type of cable is used in 10BaseFL? Fiber-Optic 13. Name the two main 100 Mbps Ethernet Standards. 100VG-AnyLAN, also called 100BaseVG, VG, and AnyLAN. The VG stands for Voice Grade. 100BaseX is sometimes called Fast Ethernet. It has different specifications depending upon the type of cabling used (hence the “X” in the area that indicates cable type). Specialized Solutions, Inc. 313

The main thing is that data only travels in one direction on a Token Ring network. MIC (Media Interface Connectors) are connectors that have neither male nor female ends. Which IEEE Specification defines Ethernet? The IEEE 802. The active monitor (which is the first computer to go online) is responsible for monitoring network activity to make sure that frames are being sent and received accurately. Any connector can be connected to another MIC connector.3 standard 15. 18. data collisions are avoided. What are the two transmission speeds of Token Ring? 4 Mbps and 16 Mbps 17. A SMAU may have the capability to shut down a connection that is producing errors thereby allowing the rest of the network to function. Which IEEE Specification defines Token Ring? The IEEE 802. What is a SMAU? SMAU stands for Smart Multistation Access Unit. It also ensures that only one token is traveling the ring at a time and investigates any frames that have traveled around the ring more than once. It does this by transmitting a signal every seven seconds. 19. It can be either depending upon how it is set up. Describe beaconing as it applies to Token Ring architecture. 314 Specialized Solutions. They are also called hermaphrodite connectors. Describe a MIC connector. How are data collisions avoided in the Token Ring architecture? A computer must posses the token in order to transmit data. If a computer doesn’t receive an expected signal from its upstream neighbor it will notify the monitor that a problem may exist. This signal is called beaconing and it travels from computer to computer.5 standard 16. however. Inc. It is more commonly set up to travel clockwise.5 says it travels clockwise. This is a hub that has all of the features of an active hub (regenerates or amplifies the signal) with additional capabilities such as certain network management functions. Which way does data travel in a Token Ring network? Which way data travels in a Token Ring network is a matter of convention. 21. while IBM says that it travels counter-clockwise. Since no other computer can transmit while one computer has the token. . IEEE 802. 20.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 14.

25. etc. Is NetBEUI a good protocol to use with a large WAN? No. What is the number one reason for choosing a client/server network? The number one reason for using a client/server network is security. Review Questions Chapter 6 1. It then broadcasts the address to determine if any other computer on the network is using it. What are the two most prominent reasons to choose a peer-to-peer network? The best reasons for using peer-to-peer are its simplicity and low cost. it stores it to use each time it connects to the network. It does this even if computer #1 is at the opposite end of the network from computer #2. What is the purpose of AppleShare? AppleShare is the name of the file server on an AppleTalk network.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 22. 4. 3. Inc. 2. It also provides a print server. If no other computer is using the address. Specialized Solutions. How does data flow in an ARCNet network? The token is passed around the network in numerical order. How does a computer on a LocalTalk network obtain its address? When a computer first comes online in a LocalTalk network it randomly selects an address from a range of allowable addresses. What are the two areas of concern when starting a network project? You will need to consider the customer and the network goals. 5. NetBEUI is a non-routable protocol and will not interface with routers. 23. What are the two tools required to initiate a network design? All you need to start a network project is a pencil and some paper. 24. It first goes to computer #1 and then #2. What type of access method is utilized by an ARCNet network? Token-passing. 315 .

9. Your company just bought ten new computers and all are guaranteed to meet the minimum requirements of Windows XP. you cannot be sure that they will meet the specifications of your network. Passive hubs are used only to make connections. How do you know if a new piece of hardware will work with Windows XP? Check the Windows Catalog on the web at www. Your accounting office found a really good deal on network cards. However. but they are not all the same. Was this a good purchase? No – the minimum requirements are just enough to run the NOS. An active hub requires some input power. he intends to expand the network in the future. Why should you refuse this offer? First. What is the difference between an active hub and a passive hub? Active hubs are used to connect nodes and boost the signal strengths. Your client is installing a small Ethernet network and trying to save money at the same time. Also. . 7.microsoft. What is the difference between a hub and a MAU? Hubs are used with Ethernet networks and MAUs are used with Token Ring networks. having to maintain a variety of network cards will increase the workload of your IS department – it is better to standardize network cards in a large network. 2. 316 Specialized Solutions. Give one reason why you should recommend that he spend a little more now and install CAT 6 cabling instead of CAT 5. but not enough to run it efficiently. 8.com/windows/catalog. You are expanding your network and will need to invest in 50 to 100 new network cards. Review Questions Chapter 7 1.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 6. It will be less costly to install CAT 6 now than to replace the CAT 5 later when the network needs to be upgraded from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps to handle the higher traffic. Inc.

Gateways make it possible to connect different network architectures. a bridge. A form of digital line that is capable of 1. What is analog communication? Analog communication is based on PSTN or public switched telephone network. Name three RAS protocols. Callback Security. PPTP and L2TP 9. Bridges work in the Data Link layer of the OSI model. They can also determine the best path for “routing” traffic and filter broadcast traffic to the local segment. They do not translate or filter any information. Router . Specialized Solutions. Security host. What are the two components of remote network accessing? RAS (remote access server) and DUN (dial up networking). thus reducing the traffic for each segment. A bridge can be used to isolate segments on a LAN. Gateway . NetBEUI is not routable.544 Mbps transmissions is called? T1 6.A repeater is a device that is used to extend the cable lengths of a network segment. Auditing. A bps or bit per second is the actual data transmission rate of a modem.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 3. 8.A bridge does the same things as a repeater but has one additional feature. but it can switch packets across multiple networks.A router has all the features of a bridge. Frame Relay. Name three advanced WAN environments. amplify the signal thereby compensating for signal loss due to long cables. Not all network protocols will work with a router. and SONET 7. and PPTP filtering. 5. Bridge . For example. PPP. ISDN. SLIP. and a gateway. Think of a gateway as a computer that acts as a translator between two networks that don’t speak the same language. a router. Define a repeater. BAUD rate is the number in cycles per second of the carrier signal of a modem. 317 . Inc. In older modems. Repeaters work in the Physical layer of the OSI model. Repeater . Describe the difference between BAUD and bps. BAUD is limited to 2400 bps. Name four forms of RAS security. 10. BAUD and bps were the same thing. They do however. 4.

and ARP. and HTTP. 3. ICMP. How many primary protocols are used to make the TCP/IP Suite? There are five primary protocols: they are – TCP. 5.com. Transport. What is a domain? A domain is a group of computers that share a common general purpose. SNMP.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 8 1. UDP. 4. An example is http://www. What is an FQDN and give an example? FQDN is a Fully Qualified Domain Name. Name three of the five other protocols used within TCP/IP Additional protocols are: POP3. Who is responsible for maintaining top-level domains? The InterNIC (Internet Network Information Center) is responsible for top-level domain names. . Which of the name resolution services will work only in Windows? WINS 9.microsoft. 32 10. 2. Inc. What is the value of the leading bit (one on the far left) for a Class A IP address? Class B? Class C? Class A Class B Class C 318 01-126 128-191 192-223 (leading bit is 0) (leading bit is 1) (leading bits 11) Specialized Solutions. IP. IPv4 addresses consist of a ______ bit number. FTP. 8. What are the four layers that make up the TCP/IP protocol suite? The four layers of TCP/IP are: Application. HTU UTH 6. 7. SMTP. Internet and Network Interface. What is the purpose of DNS? The Domain Name System is used to resolve host names into IP addresses.

Inc. List as many as you can. each device will need to be _________ compliant. U U U U 12. NETSTAT and TRACERT.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 11. Subnetting is the process of breaking an IP address into _________ and ________ groups Subnetting is the process of breaking an IP address into meaningful and manageable groups. ROUTE. Specialized Solutions. 2. In order for your new network management software to monitor the activities of the entire network. What kind of software package can you purchase to help analyze your network? Network Management Software is used to analyze network traffic and network status. 319 . You are the manager of a large network and have been getting complaints about the system being slow. Event Viewer. TCP/IP provides several tools that you can use to validate the statistics of your network. What are five reasons to use subnetting? Connect physically remote local networks Connect a mix of network technologies (Ethernet and Token Ring) Allow an unlimited number of hosts to communicate Reduce network traffic by limiting broadcast and local traffic to a single segment Review Questions Chapter 9 1. NBTSTAT. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) 3.

Inc. What are the two requirements of user level logon? The user must type in a Username and a Password.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 10 1. 4. 2. 320 Specialized Solutions. . Resources 3. In a share level model. What purpose does encryption play in your security model? Encryption encodes a message so that it cannot be read if it is intercepted during transmission. 5. It can also be configured to prevent unauthorized transmissions from leaving your network. What is the function of a firewall? A firewall is used to prevent unauthorized access to your network from outside via the Internet. The acronym RAID stands for____________? Redundant Array of Independent Disks or Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. passwords are assigned to __________. What are the three most common levels of RAID? RAID 0 Non-redundant striped array RAID 1 Mirrored arrays RAID 5 Striped array with parity 6.

Specialized Solutions. 6. What is the easiest way to tell if the network card can “see” the network? If the network card has indicator lights. You are troubleshooting a cable problem.0. 2. Inc. What is the loopback IP address? 127. and Repair the Problem. You are working with a TCP/IP network and want to confirm the protocol stack in a specific workstation. 4. You have just connected a workstation to the network. 321 . After repairing a problem. The fox and hound. What TCP/IP utility can you use to find the IP address of the workstation? You can use IPCONFIG from a DOS prompt or if using Windows. What tool would you need to find the short? TDRs (Time-Domain Reflectometers) are used to locate shorts in cables. You need to know the IP address of a workstation. you should see the green light that indicates that the network card has detected the presence of a network. 5.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers Review Questions Chapter 11 1. and think it might be shorted.0. are you finished with the troubleshooting process? NO – You still need to confirm the repair and document the problem and solution. 8. What are the three primary steps to take when troubleshooting? The three steps to troubleshooting are: Define the Problem. You have found the cabinet with the patch panel and hub.1 7. but need to know which of the 50 cables goes to the accounting office. 3. What utility can you use to confirm the protocol stack is good? PING the loopback IP. WINIPCFG from the RUN command. What would be the best tool to help you locate the cable in question? The best tool for isolating a single cable from many is the tone generator or tone locator. Isolate the Problem. You have located the cable in question #3.

You have a Windows 2000 network and received complaints that the server is running slow. What utility can you use to determine the performance of the server? Performance Monitor 322 Specialized Solutions. What is the difference between bandwidth and throughput? Bandwidth is the amount of traffic that a network can handle at a given time. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 9. Throughput is the maximum speed that a message can be transmitted. . 10.

41 CSU/DSU. 50 application server. 96 brouter. 191 BRI. 243 CSMA/CD. 24 Address Resolution Protocol.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers Index 1 100BaseX. 164 Class A. 81 Cellular Networking. 226 Bandwidth. 78. 70 coaxial cable. 109 CSNW. 38 Client Software. 39 Circuit-switched. 42 base memory address. 16. 231 BOOTP. 119 binding. 86 B backbone. 79 backup utility. 166 attenuation. 114 A access method. 90 DLC. 78 Boot Prom’s. 78. 114 10BaseT. 81 Category 5. 65 BNC. 69. 34 DECnet. 116 10Base2. 79 AWG. 92 Boot Sector. 111 D Data Link Layer. 13 ARCNet. 217 ATM. 253 Banyan VINES. 114 10Base5. 121 Application Layer. 89 Direct Memory Access (DMA). 122 AppleTalk. 160 Category 3. 60 Broadband. 123 ARP. 196 Class B. 189 domain controller. 230 Differential backup. 89 AppleShare. 108. 323 . 65 continuity. 86 Beaconing. 91 Baseband. 86 Broadband Optical Telepoint. 77 Computer compatibility. 151 connection-oriented. 196 Class C. 60 attributes. 21 Carriers. 42 active hubs. 109 DES (Data Encryption Standard). 226 Digital. 186 Analog. 91 domain. 40 Specialized Solutions. 61 C Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection (CSMA/CD. 13 Clocking. 98 Change. 114 10BaseFL. 196 client software. 40. 70 DMA. 167 bridge. 67 demand priority. 67. 161 Cyclical Redundancy Check (CRC). 52 Data Protection. 89 cloud. 108 Active Directory. Inc. 39 AUI connector. 34 clients. 116 100VG-AnyLAN.

217 IMAP4. 42 Headers. 226 Infrared. 112 HOSTS file. 96 LAT. 68. 83 File Infectors. 18 I I/O port number. 231 fire codes. 224 FPNW. 61 Gateways. 226 FDDI . 96 Linux.. 161 . 68. 174 ICMP. 41 Frame Relay. 186 Incremental backup. 39 Full-Duplex. 191 gateways. 157 hybrid topologies. 191 HTTP. 174 LAN. 191 dynamic routers. 56 324 Specialized Solutions. 114 EtherTalk. 91 IBM cabling. 86 firewall. 187 hubs.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Domain Name Service (DNS). 93 EMI. 60 E EES. 83 IBM Type 3 UTP. 174 L L2TP. 231 EISA. 62 Internet Control Message Protocol. 144 Ethernet. K Kerberos. 96 Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 42 GSNW. 120 ICA. 39 fault tolerance. 185 IP address. 22 FAT. 187 HTTPS. 166 fiber-optic. 185 interoperability. 197 IPX. 12 Laser. 86 G gateway. 93 ISDN. 67 IRQ. Inc. 174 Line-of-Sight Infrared. (IEEE). 86 headers. 41 Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP). 91 ISA. Inc. 189 Domain Reflectometer (TDR).Fiber Distributed Data. 174 IPv6. 243 Group policies. 215 F Fast Ethernet. 187 Full backup. 116 ground probe. 81 environment. 226 Full Control. 186 Internet Protocol (IP). 71 ICS. 245 DSMN. 41 H Half-Duplex. 167 FTP. 194 IPCONFIG. 70 Layer Two Tunneling Protocol. 122 Event Viewer. 21. 159 Gigabit Ethernet. 167 ISDN adapters. 249 IPsec. 39 IP. 217. 192 IFCONFIG.

49. 243 multitasking. 67 modem. 228 NFS. 67 NDIS. 114 Network Time Protocol (NTP). 67 No Access. 13 peer-to-peer. 21 Media Compatibility. 34 MAU. 213 MIC (Media Interface Connectors). 231 physical topologies. 39 NOS – Network Operating System. 36 NetWare Client32 for OS/2. 32 P Packet switching. 71. 191 LocalTalk. 191 NBTSTAT. 217 NTFS. 37 NetWare Print Services. 215 NCP. 111 parallel communication. 172 PPTP.Primary Domain Controller. 157 MAUs . 120 Multimeter. 229 Patch Panel. 29 OS/2. 122 logical topology. 164 Packet-Radio Networking. . 41. 52 Network Neighborhood.Multiple Access Units. 107 protocols. 36 NetWare Client32 for Macintosh. 93 PCMCIA. 232 Managing User Accounts.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers LLC. 172 Preemptive multitasking. 31 PGP. 18 Ping. 36 NetBEUI. 168 MSAU. 167 protocol. 37 Network Adapter Cards. 242 325 Specialized Solutions. 64 NDS (NetWare Directory Services). 31 Network standards. 192 Punch Down Tool. 37 MIB (Management Information Base). 29 NSLOOKUP. 69 NLSP. 151 Media Tester. Inc. 49 operating system. 69 Network-attached storage (NAS). 89 Network Layer. 71. 39 Null-Modem. 89 passive hub. 98 packets. 64 Open Systems Interface (OSI). 23 media access methods. 114 LMHOSTS. 36 NetWare Client32 for DOS. 243 mesh topology. 249 plenum. 93 PDC . 36 NetWare file server. 120. 70 NETBIOS. 86 PPP. 120 Microwave. 43 Macro Virus. 157 PCI. 30 N NAT. 30 PRI. 36 NetWare Client32 for Windows 95. 68 O ODI. 37 NetWare security. 96 MLID. 14 Peer-to-peer LANs. 23 Passwords. 171 NWLink. 18 MHS. 18 LSL. 64 proxy server. 190 NETSTAT. 215 NetWare. 217 PING. 67 M Macintosh.

16 TRACERT. 86 SLIP. 187 Software analyzers. 68 Satellite Station Networking. 81 Subnetting. 182 UNIX. 167 SPX. 253 TLS. 172 SMAU. 11 SNMP. 71 RSA. 227 RARP. 217 Read. 68. 77 throughput.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide R Radio. 42 User Datagram Protocol (UDP). 68. 118 topology. 79 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). 232 troubleshooting. 68 326 Specialized Solutions. 80 U UDP. 225 repeater. 17 static routers. Inc. 79 Transport Layer. 144 Server Software. 77 Thinnet. 60. 120 SMB. 167 SMTP. 167 security. 171 removable disks. 13 Server-based network. 79 thicknet. 187 SNA. 33 servers. 13 sharing applications. 159 routers. 21. 11 signal bounce. 67. 96 SDH. 225 TCP. 199 T tape backup. 96 RAID. 68 SMDS. 39 redirector. 69. 34 server-based network. 249 Trailer. 152 star topology. 237 trunk. 35 ring topology. 112 transceiver. 144 Remote Access Server or RAS. 16 twisted-pair. 245 SONET. 69 terminator. 16 serial communication. sneaker net. 58 . 221 segment. 175 Security. 89 Server room. 174 token passing. 80 virtual connections. 215 router. 16. 71. 158 requester. 34. 60 Storage Area Network (SAN). 60. 230 S SAP. 184 Telnet. 65 RPC. 35 Reflective Infrared. 71. 17 RIP. 16. 174 Standards. 51 Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP). 109 token ring. 80 V vampire taps. 185 UTP. 68 Trojan Horses. 96 relative humidity. 67 SSL. 213 Simplex. 225 removable optical disk. 215. 228 STP. 69 ROUTE. 98 Scatter Infrared.

Inc. 13 X X.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers Viruses. 242 Wireless. 230 W WAN. 69. 40 U U WINS. 165 VPN’s (Virtual Private Networks). 327 . 124 wireless network. 19. 190 Wire Crimper. 31 Windows for Workgroups. 31 Windows NT Print Servers. 231 VLAN.25. 71 XNS. 95 Wireless NICs. 166 XDR. 12 Warp Connect. 154 Windows 95/98. 32 Windows 2000. 92 workstation. 70 Specialized Solutions.

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