Network+ 2005 Training & Test Preparation Guide

Network+

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TABLE OF CONTENTS .......................................................................................................... I

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.

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

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

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

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

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0 Network Support Total % OF EXAMINATION 20% 20% 25% 35% 100% 2 Specialized Solutions. test objectives and example content. 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.” “This examination includes blueprint weighting. Example concepts are included to clarify the test objectives and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of the content of the examination. Inc.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.0 Network Implementation 4. .” The objectives are weighted in the following manner: NETWORK+ CERTIFICATION DOMAIN AREAS 1.0 Media & Topologies 2.0 Protocols & Standards 3.

5e.3 (Ethernet).Media and Topologies – 20% 1. and 6 • UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) • STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) • Coaxial cable • SMF (Single Mode Fiber) optic cable • MMF (Multimode Fiber) optic cable 1. 10 GBASE-LR and 10 GBASE-ER 1.2 (Logical Link Control). and cable type) of the following cable standards: • 10BASE-T and 10BASE-FL • 100BASE-TX and 100BASE-FX • 1000BASE-T. Inc. 802. 1000BASE-SX and 1000BASE-LX • 10 GBASE-SR.1 Recognize the following logical or physical network topologies given a diagram.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. schematic or description: • Star • Bus • Mesh • Ring 1. features and functions of the following network components: • Hubs • Switches • Bridges • Routers • Gateways • CSU / DSU (Channel Service Unit / Data Service Unit) Specialized Solutions.6 Identify the purposes.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. 1000BASE-CX. length. 802. and FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) networking technologies.3 Specify the characteristics (For example: speed.5 (token ring). 3 . 5.Introduction The following is a further breakdown of the specific areas covered on the Network+ exam: Domain 1. topology.2 Specify the main features of 802.5 Recognize the following media types and describe their uses: • Category 3. 802.0 .

7 Identify the purpose of subnetting. 2.8 Identify factors which affect the range and speed of wireless service (For example: interference. Inc.8 Identify the differences between private and public network addressing schemes. frequency.6 Identify classful IP (Internet Protocol) ranges and their subnet masks (For example: Class A.7 Specify the general characteristics (For example: carrier speed. 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. B and C).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. IPv6) and the required setting for connections across the Internet. transmission type and topology) of the following wireless technologies: • 802.9 Identify and differentiate between the following IP (Internet Protocol) addressing methods: • Static • Dynamic • Self-assigned (APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing)) 2.10 Define the purpose.1 Identify a MAC (Media Access Control) address and its parts. 2. 2.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide • NICs (Network Interface Card) • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) adapters • WAPs (Wireless Access Point) • Modems • Transceivers (media converters) • Firewalls 1.4 Differentiate between the following network protocols in terms of routing. 2. addressing schemes.2 Identify the seven layers of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) model and their functions.0 – Protocols and Standards – 20% 2. .11 (Frequency hopping spread spectrum) • 802.5 Identify the components and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses (IPv4.11x (Direct sequence spread spectrum) • Infrared • Bluetooth 1. 2. antenna type and environmental factors). Domain 2.

13 Identify the purpose of network services and protocols (For example: DNS (Domain Name Service). Inc. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol).25 2. 5 . ICS (Internet Connection Sharing).11 Define the function of TCP / UDP (Transmission Control Protocol / User Datagram Protocol) ports. NFS (Network File System). Zeroconf (Zero configuration). 2. 2.12 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. 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) 2.14 Identify the basic characteristics (For example: speed. WINS (Windows Internet Name Service). LPD (Line Printer Daemon) and Samba). 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.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. AFP (Apple File Protocol). SMB (Server Message Block).

3. 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. file and print services. 3.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 2.3 Identify the appropriate tool for a given wiring task (For example: wire crimper. and physical connectivity. 3. MS-CHAP (Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service).18 Identify authentication protocols (For example: CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). benefits and characteristics of using a proxy service. determine the impact on network functionality of a particular security implementation (For example: port blocking / filtering. authentication and encryption).4 Given a remote connectivity scenario comprised of a protocol. Kerberos and EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)).7 Given a connectivity scenario. 3. configure the connection.6 Identify the purpose.9 Identify the main characteristics and purpose of extranets and intranets.8 Identify the main characteristics of VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks).1x 2. PAP (Password Authentication Protocol). network protocols and peer and server services). Domain 3. Includes connection to the following servers: • UNIX / Linux / MAC OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 3. 3. authentication. media tester / certifier. . benefits and characteristics of using a firewall. 6 Specialized Solutions.0 Network Implementation – 25% 3. 3.5 Identify the purpose.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) 2.1 Identify the basic capabilities (For example: client support. interoperability. punch down tool or tone generator).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. Inc.

interference.0 Network Support – 35% 4. star.2 Given output from a network diagnostic utility (For example: those utilities listed in objective 4. identify the cause of a stated problem: • UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 4. 7 . warm and cold sites Domain 4. benefits and characteristics of using antivirus software.12 Identify the purpose and characteristics of disaster recovery: • Backup / restore • Offsite storage • Hot and cold spares • Hot.11 Identify the purpose and characteristics of fault tolerance: • Power • Link redundancy • Storage • Services 3.10 Identify the purpose. identify the utility and interpret the output. identify the cause of a stated problem (For example: bad media. 4.4 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a client accessing remote network services. authentication failure. 4. protocol configuration. identify the network area affected and the cause of the stated failure. Specialized Solutions. mesh or ring) and including a network diagram. 4. adding or removing network services (For example: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). 4. Inc.1 Given a troubleshooting scenario.1).6 Given a scenario.Introduction 3.3 Given a network scenario.8 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving an infrastructure (For example: wired or wireless) problem.7 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a network with a particular physical topology (For example: bus.5 Given a troubleshooting scenario between a client and the following server environments. 3. print services. select the appropriate network utility from the following: • Tracert / traceroute • ping • arp • netstat • nbtstat • ipconfig / ifconfig • winipcfg • nslookup / dig 4. identify the cause of the problem (For example: file services. 4. determine the impact of modifying. interpret visual indicators (For example: link LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) and collision LEDs (Light Emitting Diode)) to determine the nature of a stated problem. DNS (Domain Name Service) and WINS (Windows Internet Name Service)) for network resources and users. physical connectivity and SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) router). network hardware or environment).

This strategy can include the following steps: 1.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4. Select the most probable cause 5. Inc. select an appropriate course of action based on a logical troubleshooting strategy. Implement an action plan and solution including potential effects 6. Establish what has changed 4. Identify the results and effects of the solution 8. Document the solution and process 8 Specialized Solutions. Identify the symptoms and potential causes 2.9 Given a network problem scenario. Identify the affected area 3. . Test the result 7.

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

German. CONGRATULATIONS. There are no specific requirements. Prometric and VUE testing centers administer the exam. watching. except payment of the test fee. 1999. • • • How do you learn best (reading. Since most of us learn in different ways. Inc. Read through these suggested steps and modify it as necessary to meet your needs. You can take the test at any Virtual University Enterprises testing center (vue.com) or any Thomson Prometric testing center (2test. there is no one method that will work for everyone. A typical candidate would have A+ certification or equivalent knowledge.com). The exam is targeted for technicians with 18-24 months experience in the IT industry. This method is based on utilization of several learning skills. The Network+ test is currently available throughout the world in English. How to Prepare to Ensure Exam Success There are many ways to prepare for the exam.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide How to Take the Test Passing a certification exam takes more than just skimming through a book. You can locate a testing center and schedule the test on the web. The Network+ exam was launched worldwide April 30. This helps to ensure that a person who has earned the certification actually understands the concepts and functions of networking versus simply memorizing definitions. French and Japanese. You can also call VUE at 877-551-7587 or Thomson Prometric at 888-8956116. 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. Step 1 – Prepare for the Training Obtain the best possible materials and instruction you can find. . but A+ certification is not required. 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. The following is a suggestion you may find helpful. Certification exams are becoming more and more comprehensive. You may be surprised at how near you are to a testing center! Evaluate your learning aptitudes.

Evaluate your active schedule – determine when you have some free time.Introduction Make a plan to learn. Read through the text to get an understanding of the material. If you need to. Review the video presentation one more time if necessary. just get a feel for it. This workbook will make this task much easier. Make an appointment with yourself. 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. Inc. 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). Use the rewind button as often as necessary. set aside the time to learn. Your objective is to own the information (make it part of you). Based on your time to learn (and your schedule). Re-read the test and review the video presentation. Specialized Solutions. Watch the videos that correspond to the chapters you read. 11 . 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. At this time. you want to begin to understand. You will also “pick up” some concepts that you missed the first time through. It is not necessary to memorize or even understand the material at this point. go though the entire course again. • Complete the course a second time. What you learned in the later chapters may help you get a better understanding of the material the second time through. You will be surprised at how much more sense it makes this time. Focus on the areas that you had trouble with the first time.

it might be a good idea to take advantage of this feature. Evaluate the questions you missed. indicating that you understand the regulations and will comply with them. • • • • 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. You will be provided with a set amount of scratch paper or a small dry erase board for use during the exam. . (such as a driver’s license or company security ID) before you take the exam. • • • • 12 Specialized Solutions. (the sample test is unrelated to the Network+ exam) to give you a feel for how the test is conducted. You will be asked to sign the form. It is a closed book exam. If you have never taken one of these computergenerated exams. which explains the rules you will be expected to comply with during the test.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. including one photo ID. 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. 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. You will have the opportunity to take a sample test. Inc. All scratch paper or boards are collected at the end of the exam. 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. You may not use a laptop computer or have any notes or printed material with you during the exam session. You will be required to show two forms of identification. The test administrator will give you a Testing Center Regulations form.

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

. Inc.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.

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

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

A WAN can connect networks from building to building or across the world. Even if the network is merely two computers connected by a cable to share information. Inc. it is still considered a LAN. 18 Specialized Solutions. The Internet is the world’s largest WAN. Also.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 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. the speed of communication between the computers is typically much faster in a LAN. . A LAN is the basic (and smallest) starting point of any computer network. When LANs are connected they create a WAN. or if its hundreds of computers spread throughout a high-rise office building.

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

network security is unreliable. All of the computers on the network can act as either clients or servers depending upon the needs of the user. and as long as each computer has an operating system capable of client/sharing (e. A disadvantage of the peer-to-peer network is that since users are responsible for their own systems’ security. Inc. The computers are simply cabled together. Peer-to-Peer Network 20 Specialized Solutions.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. a peer-to-peer network is difficult to expand. In a peer-to-peer network all computers are equal. This type of network is most often used when fewer than ten computers are involved. Windows 95 and up) they will be able to communicate via the network. . Also. A peer-to-peer network is simple and inexpensive to install.g.

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

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

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

24 Specialized Solutions. The benefits of wireless technology will be discussed at length in Chapter 4 of this book.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. Inc. . . the topology of a wireless network is that of an “invisible star”. Since each computer has its own connection to the wireless access point (WAP).

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

Specialized Solutions. Inc. Fast Ethernet works on the same principals as Ethernet but operates at 10 times the speed of the original. Collision Detection Fast Ethernet Fast Ethernet was developed to meet the increasing demands on networks. 27 . Ethernet transmits at 10 Mbps and Fast Ethernet transmits at 100 Mbps.Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals can be connected to the same cable. 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).

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

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. Active Hub Hub-Based Networks Hub-based networks are increasing in popularity. 3) A variety of cable types can be accommodated. 4) Expanding the network can be easily accomplished by using hubs. Inc. Specialized Solutions. This type type of hub requires electrical power to function. An active hub regenerates or amplifies a signal when it is passed through. 29 . 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.

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

Chapter 1 – Networking Fundamentals KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. 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. 31 . Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.

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

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

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

To install a NIC with Windows 95/98 is as simple as installing the card. They use an icon called the Network Neighborhood for desktop access of the network. 37 . turning on the computer and answering questions. Usually this type of network only shares files and peripheral devices. It protects critical files and will allow you to revert your system back to normal if anything goes wrong. Inc. Then. 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. Their new graphical interface and networking capabilities make them a vast improvement over their predecessors. All shared resources are arranged on a hierarchical basis and displayed in Network Neighborhood. Windows 95/98 also performs very well as a client with both the NetWare and Windows NT operating systems. or a similar program. Microsoft Client. moving photos to the Web. Windows ME Windows ME is the client operating system that has followed the Windows 9x operating systems. such as BSD UNIX. Most of the operating systems in use today are already capable of managing this type of network.Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) What is a Network Operating System (NOS)? A NOS is an operating system that includes other software. It is necessary to install the requester software (NetWare Client32 for Windows 95) with NetWare. Specialized Solutions. Windows 95/98 is also able to better identify NICs. Plug-n-Play technology has also made installing a NIC much easier. Windows 95/98 Windows 95 and Windows 98 are operating systems that include a network operating system. Instead. all you have to do is share any directories and peripherals to the network. Usually only NICs and cabling will need to be purchased to implement this kind of network. It is well-suited for editing home movies. and you have a working network. and archiving music. Peer-to-Peer LANs Many smaller networking environments utilize the peer-to-peer network configuration. Help and support is improved from Windows 98 and home networking is made easier than ever. A peer-to-peer LAN is not a client/server-based 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). Novell NetWare. to communicate with other computers over a network. It is certainly the most economical of the networking choices. 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.

It also supports Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and group policies. IPsec and Kerberos support. Windows XP Home Windows XP Home edition is the newest edition of Microsoft’s OS for home users. EFS (Encrypting File System). like ME. remote OS installation. driver certification. peer-topeer support for Windows 9x and NT. It also uses System Restore. It. like the rest of the client OS software mentioned here.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Windows 2000 Professional Windows 2000 Professional is the client counterpart to Windows 2000 server. is equipped to be networked easily. It features file protection. 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. Inc. It allows for faster user switching. . which allows for safety when installing additional software or making changes to the computer’s configuration. a simplified visual design. multilingual support.

the purpose of a network operating system is to connect all devices on a network (computers and peripherals) and to coordinate their usability. it is necessary to have an operating system that can perform in this environment. 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. 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). In a Serverbased network. However.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. Specialized Solutions. Inc. the computers act as both a client and a server. 39 .

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

41 . The purpose of the redirector is to make network resources look like local resources to application programs. This makes the application program believe that it is simply working with a very large hard drive or with a local 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. Inc. called drive designators. It does not need to know anything about networks. It does this by assigning drive letters. to resources. it is a section of code located in the network operating system that intercepts requests and determines if they are local requests. etc. Specialized Solutions. or if they need to be redirected to the server. If it is a local designator (drive C: for example) the request is passed on to the local bus. 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. which opens the file or transfers the print job to the network printer. If it is a network designator the request is forwarded to the server. Basically.

12 and 4.11 is called IntranetWare. • NetWare’s popularity is due largely to its ability to provide services across multioperating system environments. Inc. deleted. It may be installed in either the client or server format. as well as what kind of access they have. shared. which is a DOS-based utility. It is Novell’s push to gain market share and is a way of creating an Intranet. we will take a closer look a some of the more popular ones. password. 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. See Chapter 10 for more information on network security. and account restrictions. . or changed. NetWare provides more than adequate network security by using a combination of approaches. which is a Windows-based utility. Novell NetWare The NetWare operating system has been around for a long time. First. NetWare is based upon the industry standard X500 directory architecture.EXE. The earliest version (2. and volumes is also handled with NDS. copied. In the past. 42 Specialized Solutions.2) was designed to operate on 286 machines. management.5 is now on the market. Version 4. Directory and file attributes are used to set the types of access for a file or directory such as viewed. Organization of network resources such as users. It is a reliable operating system that provides performance and security. but it is losing market share to Microsoft servers every year. Version 6. name service.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NOS Packages There are a multitude of network operating systems available for use. time. but there will always be data in any network to which access must be restricted. it was the most popular server operating system. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is a hierarchically organized database that provides security. or through NWADMIN. groups. web-publishing. Trustee rights regulate which directories and files a user can access. routing. servers. non-shareable. Versions 3. NetWare Directory Services (NDS) NDS (NetWare Directory Services) is the core of the NetWare operating system. login security provides authentication and verification of user name. In this section. NetWare is administered through NetADMIN. or Pentium machines. a user may logon from anywhere on the network and gain access with all of their assigned rights and privileges intact. NetWare Security The purpose of a network may be to share resources. With NDS’ single point logon. messaging. and file and print services. 486.11 operate on 386. which is like the Internet but within a network or company.

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

X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 3.0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for Macintosh OS Specialized Solutions.1 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS MS Windows 3.11 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 (Standard or Extended Edition) and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 OS/2 2.5 MB 20 MB Client Software The client software may be installed on any computer running any of the following: • • • • • 44 DOS 3.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Version 2. Inc.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 DOS OS/2 1.

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

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Windows Server Security Security was a major concern in the development of Windows Servers. Rights must be assigned to users in order for them to use any resources or perform any tasks in the domain. At least one domain controller is assigned to each domain. A domain controller is a server that maintains and manages all accounts. Windows Print Servers Any workstation or server may perform as a print server in a Windows network. Even if you are installing a local printer. and user rights. especially with the latest Windows Server 2003 family. Browser Service provides a list of all available domain and workgroup servers. A domain is simply a group of users. Inc. more than one printer can be installed to any machine. (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. Microsoft uses domains to control access and authenticate users and computers. Server Service provides access to network resources.. except that you are asked if it is to be a network or local printer. Printing is as easy as selecting the printer that you want to use (assuming that you have the appropriate permissions). See Chapter 10 for more information on network security. Alerter Service sends the notifications that are monitored by the messenger service. Microsoft wanted to make NT as compatible with NetWare as possible.. 46 Specialized Solutions. Interoperability As Novell NetWare was the “big kid on the block” when NT came on the scene. and resources with a shared security database. A printer need only be shared to the network to be accessible to anyone on the network. This trend continued with the latest Windows server operating systems (Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003. permissions. Remember. computers. you are given the option to share it to the network. 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. 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. Workstation Service is the redirector service.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inc. 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. Because of this. they are sometimes referred to by different names at different layers. The term packet is appropriate to all of the layers. 63 .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.

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

etc. it is the appropriate hardware or software that does the work. Specialized Solutions. These specifications make it possible for hardware and software manufacturers to create products that will function in different computing environments. Inc. The specifications describe how components are supposed to function. because each product would have to be specialized towards each type of computer or operating system. 65 . This is so that different types of computers with different types of hardware and software can communicate. Without them we would not have as many software or hardware packages available to us. you do need to remember the different layers and the tasks for which each layer is responsible.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. The OSI model simply defines which functions need to be completed at each layer and which protocols are to be used at each layer. Keep in mind that it isn’t actually the layer that performs the task.

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

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

a little surfing might be in order. The following table lists the 802 standards by category: (The ones you need to know are the ones in bold!) Number 802. 68 Specialized Solutions.1 802.org There are also many other web sites that discuss these standards. (IEEE) formed a committee to create standards for LANs.6 802.3 802.8 802.11 802. . February 1980). but the two sets of standards were designed to be compatible.10 802. This project is known as the 802 project (named for the year and month the project started.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. Inc. 100BaseVG AnyLAN If you would like more information on these standards.2 802. These standards were prepared before the OSI standards. and if you would like more information on them.7 802. Inc.9 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802 Standards In 1980 the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers.ieee.standards.5 802. visit IEEE’s web-site at http://www.4 802.

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

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

Inc.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. 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. It is important that the networking professional know the difference between routable and non-routable protocols and which protocols are routable.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). As a networking professional. . 72 Specialized Solutions.

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

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

it also takes into consideration the network speed and traffic and makes routing decisions based on the best route. It chooses the route with the fewest hops. It resides in the Network layer. ARP will add the information to its table for future use. NTP (Network Time Protocol) Network Time Protocol (NTP) is used in a networked environment to synchronize computer clock times. ARP keeps a table of corresponding IP and MAC addresses that have been resolved in the previous 10 minutes. but in reverse. 75 . then TFTP would be advisable over FTP. 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. Telnet This Application layer protocol allows a user to log on and run applications remotely. The local computer acts as a display only and all processing occurs remotely. It is an Application layer protocol. It uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to synchronize computer clock times to a millisecond. NFS (Network File System) Sun Microsystems developed NFS as a file and drive sharing system. ARP will first check its table and if a matching address is not found. but in addition. It is less capable than FTP because it uses UDP rather than TCP. It is designed to be reliable and allows for scalability. OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) Like RIP. Specialized Solutions. 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. The computer that has the corresponding IP address will respond to the broadcast by sending its MAC address. instead of only the number of hops. ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) ARP is responsible for resolving IP addresses to MAC addresses. RARP (Reverse Address Resolution Protocol) is a related protocol that performs the same function. OSPF counts the number of hops to the destination computer. 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). without regard to speed. Inc. making it connectionless. 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. Telnet can also be used for remote configuration of servers and network devices such as routers and switches.

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

Inc. 77 . easy to configure and small. Specialized Solutions. It is fast. It may be used with bridges.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. but is primarily used today for backward compatibility with existing networks. which is an advantage if using older MS-DOS-based systems.

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

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

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

Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. 81 . Inc. Keyword 802.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.

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

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

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

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

This cable is called a drop cable or a transceiver cable. 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. and an AUI cable. A transceiver is a device that transmits and receives signals on a network medium. It is common to connect a Thinnet LAN to a Thicknet backbone using a transceiver. It is soldered or crimped onto the cable to make the connection. Inc. Thicknet uses a device called a transceiver. BNC Terminator Both ends of the cable must be terminated to absorb signals and eliminate signal bounce. The transceiver has a port for an AUI connector (AUI port connectors are also called DIX connectors or DB-15 connectors). Specialized Solutions. One of the terminators must be grounded. 87 .Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals BNC Barrel Connector The BNC barrel connector is used to connect two lengths of Thinnet cable together. The BNC terminator is a connector that has a resistor built in that performs this function. Both ends of the cable need to be terminated with one end grounded. and is used to connect the device to the network.

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

The following is a summary of UTP cables. The quality of UTP is based on the number of twists per meter in each pair of wires. Currently. Category 3 cabling has a transmission speed of 10 Mbps. 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. There are two types of twisted-pair cables: Unshielded Twisted-Pair (UTP) and Shielded Twisted-Pair (STP). the faster the signal can be sent through the wires without crosstalk. It has a maximum segment length of 100 meters. UTP Unshielded Twisted-Pair (UTP) cabling is the less expensive of the twisted-pair cable types and hence the most popular. The tighter the twist. 89 . there are six categories. Since it is unshielded.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals prevent crosstalk and sensitivity to EMI. This results in less sensitivity to EMI. UTP wire typically consists of eight wires or four pairs. Category 5 UTP has a transmission speed of up to 100 Mbps. it is more sensitive to EMI. The telephone wire we have all seen in our homes is an example of twisted-pair cabling. Twisted Pair Cabling Specialized Solutions. Inc.

An RJ-45 connector looks just like a common telephone jack (RJ-11) only larger. 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. These patch panels act like a switchboard where cables are connected and organized.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Twisted-Pair Connectors UTP and STP are usually connected with RJ-45 connectors. An RJ-11 jack has four connection points where an RJ-45 jack has eight. The front of the patch panel contains RJ-45 ports (a port is a female counterpart for the RJ-45 jack). This is an excellent way to organize network cables. Wall plates are typically used to make the connection to the computers themselves. The wire is assembled in the back of the patch panel in what is called the pin location. . This gives the network administrator a greater degree of flexibility and provides fault tolerance for the network cabling system. 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. Distribution Panels Distribution racks and shelves are sometimes used to create more room for cables when floor space is at a premium. Wall Plates for RJ-45 90 Specialized Solutions. 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 .

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

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

Inc. 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. 93 .

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

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

last but not least.) If security is an issue on the network and the data to be transmitted needs to be secure. . Is future growth of the network expected? (Expandability for future growth is easier to achieve if it is planned for in advance.) Transmission speeds and. On the other hand. Inc. 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. cost are issues that will need to be addressed when planning your network.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide How long will the cable runs need to be? (If the network will be small.

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

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

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

Fiber-Optic NICs Due to the high-cost of fiber-optic adapter cards. Connector Type Your NIC may automatically adjust to use the kind of connector that you are using (BNC.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Ring Speed In Token-Ring networks the ring speed must be set on the NIC. Inc. The two speeds available are 4 Mbps or 16 Mbps. or you may have to configure it manually. they are usually only used in special cases where high-speed direct computer to fiber-optic cable connections are required. 100 Specialized Solutions. Wireless NICs Wireless NICs are used to connect wireless network systems to the computer. 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. . They usually use a type of antenna (omnidirectional) and an antenna cable. or both). Wireless LANs are discussed later in this chapter. Special software is usually needed to connect a wireless NIC. RJ-45.

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

102 Specialized Solutions. 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. Both EISA and MCA NICs offer Bus Mastering. thereby bypassing the CPU. but investing in one can increase network performance by 20 to 70 percent. This is a method by which the NIC takes temporary control over a computer’s bus. Some NICs have onboard microprocessors that eliminate the need of the computer’s CPU to process data. 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.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. The data would then move directly to system memory leaving the CPU free to process other tasks. the NIC would be a bottleneck. Inc. Without this feature. 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. thereby improving network performance. . Network traffic travels faster than most NICs can process data. it is important that it is configured correctly and optimally.

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

Infrared is not sensitive to radio-frequency interference. and because the transmissions are tightly focused. such as windows. The effective distance between a transmitter and a receiver is limited to about 100 feet. . These signals need to be rather strong because they can be affected by light sources. This involves using infrared (below Red) light to carry signals to a receiver. Inc. Infrared networks typically broadcast at about 10 Mbps. Infrared transmits very fast because of its high bandwidths. they are also fairly immune to eavesdropping.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. Infrared Networks There are four types of infrared networks: • • • • 104 Reflective Infrared Line-of-Sight Infrared Scatter Infrared Broadband Optical Telepoint Specialized Solutions.

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

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

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

109 .Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. 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. 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. Definition . Inc.

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

Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals 14. List some advantages of fiber-optic cable.

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

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

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For example. we are going to look at different standards for networks. it is the rails and switches that govern the actual movement of the trains (data). some are wide gauge. like NetBIOS (Windows) or NetWare (Novell). Protocols that are used with the OSI model define the rules of communication. . The original version was a 2.2) The Logical Link Control layer. some are diesel. Standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI model. It is a baseband system and utilizes the CSMA/CD access method. in a railroad. and typically transmits at 10 Mbps. and some are narrow gauge).94 Mbps network system that would connect over 100 computers on a one-kilometer cable. Ethernet is defined in the IEEE 802. Not all railroads are the same (some are electric. Inc. but its primary function is maintaining the network link by identifying a line protocol. as addressed previously. Ethernet uses a bus or star topology (10BaseT and 100BaseT use the star topology and 10Base2 and 10Base5 use a bus topology). data (in this case passengers and freight) is moved in various cars. The following are the four that transmit at 10 Mbps: • • • • 10BaseT 10Base2 10Base5 10BaseFL 122 Specialized Solutions.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. It is probably the most popular network architecture used today. In this section.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Standards Network standards can best be described as the physical and functional characteristic of a network. Thicknet coaxial (10Base5).3 standard and is a method for computers and data systems to connect over shared cabling. However. These provide the standards for the railroads. The standards define the means of communications. There are a number of Ethernet IEEE standards. is one of two sublayers of the Data-Link layer and is concerned with managing traffic over the physical medium. Logical Link Control (802. The LLC has the ability to track acknowledgements. It can be installed with Thinnet coaxial (10Base2). There are rules or protocols that govern how the cars are loaded and the origination and destination points. Ethernet (802. or Twisted Pair cable (10BaseT and 100BaseT). but all railroads that are built to the same standards can exchange cars (data).

repeaters can be used for longer distances. If the segment must exceed this limitation. The two Ethernet standards for 100 Mbps are: • 100BaseVG-AnyLAN Ethernet Specialized Solutions. The minimum distance between nodes is 2. 10BaseFL (Fiber Optic) 10BaseFL is the specification for running Ethernet over fiber-optic cable. BNC connectors and a transceiver. meaning 10Base5 has a maximum segment length of 500 meters. (There may be five segments but only three may be populated. it transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology. 10Base2 (Thinnet) 10Base2 uses Thinnet (coaxial) cable with BNC connectors in a Bus topology. While 10BaseT can and does work with STP cabling. The maximum number of segments containing nodes per network is 3. The maximum number of nodes per network 100. The maximum number of nodes per network 90.) This is referred to as the “5-4-3 Rule”. The actual maximum segment length. Inc. It transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology in a bus topology. The “5” stands for 5 times 100 meters. 10BaseT has a maximum segment length of 100 meters (Twisted Pair wiring maximum segment length) and it is connected using RJ-45 connectors.5 meters. is 185 meters.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards 10BaseT (Twisted Pair) The “10” in 10BaseT indicates that it transmits at 10 Mbps. however. The maximum number of nodes per segment is 30. indicating its maximum segment length. and computer aided design. These applications include video. The maximum number of nodes per network is 1024 and the minimum distance between nodes is 2. 10BaseT uses the star 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 maximum segment length for 10BaseFL is 2000 meters. 123 . The main use for this specification is for long cable runs. The maximum number of nodes per segment is 100 in a 10Base5 system. and the maximum number of segments is 5 with 3 being populated.5 meters. 10Base5 (Thicknet) 10Base5 uses Thicknet (coaxial) cable. document and image storage. The “Base” indicates that it uses Baseband technology (single channel). to name a few. The “2” stands for 2 times 100 meters. The minimum distance between nodes is . It transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology. As its name implies.5 meters. And the “T” indicates that it uses Twisted Pair cabling. it is most commonly created with UTP cable.

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

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. Specialized Solutions. by joining with either a router or a bridge. 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. 125 .

The Token Ring access method. The name Token Ring implies that the physical layout is that of a ring. IBM introduced Token Ring around 1984.5 standard. The data frame is a different type of frame than the token. but is still used today. 126 Specialized Solutions. This token will travel around the ring until a computer signals that it needs to send data. it is a star ring with each node connected to a central hub. primarily in IBM mini and mainframe systems. Like Ethernet. Actually. and it has a transmission speed of 4 or 16 Mbps. and 3). Destination Address This is the address of the receiving computer. While the token is in use by a computer to send data. 2.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Token Ring (802. The computer that wants to transmit takes possession of the token. the network creates a token when the first computer comes online. The physical ring is in the hub and the logical ring represents the data’s path between the nodes. 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). is what sets Token Ring apart. 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. This is so that no other network computer will try to possess it to transmit data. Inc.5) The Token Ring architecture is defined in the IEEE 802. more than the cable design. . The token is actually a stream of data that allows a computer to transmit data on the cable. The cable used is STP and UTP (IBM types 1. A computer cannot transmit data in a Token Ring environment unless it possesses the token. Frame Control The information here determines whether the frame is being transmitted to all computers on the network or one specific “end station” computer. it is known as a data frame. Each computer on the network acts as a repeater and regenerates the signal as the token/data frame passes through it. The sending computer encodes the data frame with information such as: Start Delimiter This marks the start of the frame. it uses the baseband technology. It is not as popular as Ethernet. How it Works Basically.

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

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

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

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

called ARCNet Plus. the maximum cable distance between the computer and the hub is 610 meters. active. If using an active hub in a Star topology. the token still passes in numerical order. Obviously. Specialized Solutions. If using either the Star or Bus topology with UTP and RJ-45 or RJ-11 connectors. Inc. ARCNet transmits data in packets. ARCNet can use twisted-pair or fiber-optic cabling. A later version. a token is needed in order for a computer to transmit data.4 standards (Token Bus LAN). with coaxial cable and BNC connectors. ARCNet was developed before the IEEE 802 specifications. has a data transmission rate of 20 Mbps. but is normally installed using RG-62 A/U coaxial cable. If computer #1 is at one end of the network and Computer #2 is at the other. ARCNet utilizes hubs. or smart. the source address and up to 508 bytes of data. the maximum cable distance is 244 meters. The ARCNet Plus architecture can hold up to 4096 bytes of data. 131 . These hubs may be passive.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards ARCNet ( Attached Resource Computer Network) In 1977 Datapoint Corporation developed the ARCNet technology. Instead of the token traveling around a ring. this can really slow a network down if the computers are not in order. the token is passed in numerical order. This distance drops to only 305 meters if using the Bus topology. These packets contain the destination address. It is a simple and inexpensive network architecture that may use a Bus or Star Bus topology. It uses a token-passing access method that transmits at 2. but it can be adequately charted to the 802.5 Mbps. Just like other token-passing access method architectures.

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

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

Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book. . 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. Inc.

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

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

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

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. the same 1000 documents could be as little as 30 MB. This can be a simple program like Microsoft Paint. if the file is compressed. . 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. This program provides simple templates for both facilities and network components.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide The Network Goals In addition to the customer’s needs. With this information in hand. A good intermediate program is Visio 2002. Remember. So. you are not documenting your network. you are now ready to begin the designing of the network. at this time. 140 Specialized Solutions. print services. a textonly MS Word file will be approximately 30 KB of data while a single page image file will average 50 KB. Once you collect this information. etc. prepare a design document. Inc. or as complex and as expensive as AutoCAD. Your document should include a summary of all the information you collected. or as much as 8 MB for the same image scanned (black and white) at 300 dpi uncompressed (even more if color or grayscale). You will need this information as you make decisions in the next few steps. only documenting the facility and the requirements of the network. you must get a clear definition of goals of the network. or as large as 8 GB. You may want to consider using a drawing program to create a layout of the facility. For example. This can be done using any word processor or spreadsheet program. files services. There are many intermediate drawing packages that are available. 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.

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The decision that you make at this time will have an affect on the hardware and software choices that you make in the future. The level of security required. . Inc. You will need to take careful consideration of the information collected in the first step to assist you with this decision. 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. The wrong choice now. The first is the type of network you will be designing. Peerto-peer networks do provide some security in the form of allowing you to select what you want to share to the network. you will have no problem. If you do not have this information go back and get it. Skill level of the network users. if you have a printer connected to your computer. The type of business and how that will affect network traffic. For example. they include the necessary software and protocols for file and print sharing. The following lists the information that you will need in order to choose your network type. 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).Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Determine Network Type Once you collect all the information described above. all computers are equal. This means that every 142 Specialized Solutions. but most operating systems like Windows 95 and up and Macintosh OS X are “network ready. they do not require a high-power computer with lots of speed and processing power. The most prominent are simplicity and cost. This can range from none to very high. you can send work to it if you need color printing (assuming that they share the printer to the network). The number of nodes (computers and other resources) on the network. This sharing is on a directory level. First. not all nodes may need the same level of security. The disadvantages of peer-to-peer networks are security and limited network size. Here you will have two choices: peer-to-peer or client/server. You may have to add network cards and cabling. 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. As long as you have the original software disk (CD). Also. you will need to start making some decisions. In a peer-to-peer network. You may need to install the software. Peer-to-peer networks are economical to setup and implement. you can share it to the network and anyone who has access to the network can send work to it. may cause problems in the future. Likewise. if a colleague has a color printer and you don’t. The commitment of management and users. Most personal computers today will have more than enough power to successfully operate in a peer-to-peer environment.” That is. They can provide services to the network and use services provided by others. as generally it is not installed during a standard installation.

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

0 192.192. the answer will be very obvious. 10.255 255.0 -10. Making the Choice Making that final decision is often difficult. Prepare a case (on paper) of the pros and cons of each. A private network would be a corporate network or an Intranet.255. In some cases. When you are sitting on the fence. in others it could go either way. get more.168. stick with it and move forward. let us define the difference between the terms public and private network. you can use any address that you want to use inside of your own network and behind your firewalls. since your organization will more than likely need access to the Internet and networks outside of their LAN.255.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide full-time job for one or more people and may even require the skills of a certified network professional.16. Once you have made this decision. it is highly recommended that you use these addresses for your private addressing. For this reason.255. The use of these addresses will completely prevent the address conflict issue. If all else fails.0 255.0.0 144 Specialized Solutions.0.255 172. If you are not sure you have enough information.0. which would limit its access to those outside of the company.255.0. Actually. Public and Private networks In addition. For this reason. be sure to follow a disciplined procedure: Collect all your information. . 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).255. then you might have an address conflict with another entity on the Internet.0. This decision will be the basis for the rest of your network design. A public network would be the Internet.0 255.0 -172.0. there are specific addresses that are filtered by the routers at the backbone of the Internet.0.255.0 . Inc.168. The only problem is that if your firewall were to come down.0. with open access to the global community.32. present each case to the client and let them make the final decision.

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

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. Inc. PCI.) # 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. 147 .

Inc. describe each program. . 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.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Telecommunication: Describe the device and its function. Software: If this device uses software. 148 Specialized Solutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you were to purchase an econo-version of a computer or one that is highly proprietary. especially with the newest operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.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. An operating system such as Microsoft Windows 2000 is hardware dependent. To assist in making an informed purchasing decision. is the Microsoft Windows Catalog at www. If you want the latest list. It is considered an advanced operating system and will not work with all hardware. you can get it from one of Microsoft’s web sites. it most likely will not work with Windows 2000. You can also look for the corresponding logos on the boxes of hardware and software that you are considering purchasing for your network. 162 Specialized Solutions. 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. Microsoft Windows Catalog Still another web site to check for compatibility of hardware and software. Inc. or to confirm whether or not your existing hardware will work with Windows 2000.microsoft. . This is part of the Windows Logo program. you will need to check the HCL for that product. or hardware compatibility lists.com/windows/catalog. This list will ship with the 2000 package (on the CD-ROM) and 2000 will make a check during installation.

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

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

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

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

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

These physically larger networks will appear to function the same as a LAN. There are two types of PSTN: dial-up lines and dedicated analog lines. It is based on PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). It also changes the frame type back when frames are sent back. Most WANs are a collection of LANs. 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. You can also use ISDN adapters if you are using ISDN PRI for WAN connectivity. Inc. The DSU is responsible for converting both the input and output between the frame types between the LAN and the WAN. if necessary. 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. routers and communications services are used to create a WAN. The CSU is responsible for both the signals received from the WAN. 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. items such as bridges. as well as those transmitted to it. Specialized Solutions. It can regenerate the signal. 169 .Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network WAN Overview When the physical capabilities and distance limits of a LAN need to be exceeded. and deals with timing issues.

Data applications below 1200 bps. . more secure line than can be provided by an analog connection. Basic data. Dedicated analog lines provide an instant connection. Voice and data over private lines. Voice with some quality control. Voice and video.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. Application relays. Voice/radio with tone conditioning. they can be justified. The primary reason for using digital lines is that they are 99% error-free. Voice and data over trunks between computers. 170 Specialized Solutions. Dedicated lines are far more expensive. Voice and data over trunk circuits. This is because you lease the line 100% of the time and therefore do not have to dial-in. 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. you need DDS (Digital Data Service). Inc. Digital Connectivity When you need a faster. but if you have sufficient traffic.

8 Mbps 155. Inc. 171 . and video signals.048 Mbps 34. It can be used to transmit digital voice. 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 1.544 Mbps transmissions.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.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Digital Signal T1 is the most widely used type of digital line. data.736 Mbps 2. Specialized Solutions. whereas the E1 and the E3 are the European standard.368 Mbps Varies depending ISP. faster download than upload 51.52 Mbps Either 155. It is capable of 1.544 Mbps 44.520 or 622.

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

Inc.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. It is best understood as a “logical” LAN. adding computers or adjusting resources. which lays out hosts (computers. This type of network is most closely associated with a “campus environment. printers. or any other logical means. etc.) by another means apart from how they are connected physically and geographically. or by the specific use of the computers.” Specialized Solutions. 173 . An administrator might set up a VLAN based on certain departments within his company. This allows the administrator the luxury of modifying the VLAN. without having to change the physical picture of the network.

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

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

or over long distances. times as fast as the Baud rate. and media. due to the physical characteristics of copper wire and the effects of transmitting signals over long distances. etc. a given Baud rate could transmit data at 2. The problem with these devices is that they all have limitations that prevent long distance communication. However. To increase our network beyond a few computers. network cards. With this change. This limit cannot be exceeded without encountering signal distortion.400 bps. Convert the parallel digital data into serial digital data. requires some additional hardware that will overcome the limitations of the cables. As we have already learned. The following is a list of common “V” ratings: Standard V. there is a limit of 2400 Baud. the Baud rate was equal to the bps.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Modems Expanding a network requires an understanding of the additional devices necessary to make the connections. 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. Speeds will range from very slow speeds of 300 bps to 56. 14. 8. These speeds are measured as bits per second. designers learned how to place several signals within one cycle. the term Baud has disappeared and been replaced with bps. FAX modems will send and receive data at speeds up to 14. The Baud rate equals the frequency in cycles per second that can be transmitted via telephone lines. With early modems. To overcome this and increase the speeds of data transmission via modems. The name is derived from the words MOdulate and DEModulate. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. Today. Modems transmit data at various speeds.600 bps.32bis bps 2400 9600 Notes An old standard.22bis V.32 standard. . Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. connecting a few computers to form a local area network requires cabling and network cards. A modem is a device that makes it possible to communicate long distances over standard telephone lines or cable. Modems are classified by a “V” rating. modems have reached a new technology limit of 56. Originally modem speeds were measured in terms of Baud. 4.400 High-speed version of the V. Inc. 176 Specialized Solutions.32 V. Therefore. Modems are available in both internal (standard expansion card) and external (connected to a serial port and has its own power supply) versions.600 bps.

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

This is a relatively old standard (1984). Normally. the RAS software must be installed and running. both computers must be using the same protocol. While this was the protocol of choice for a Specialized Solutions. you can set up the proper configuration for the connection and dial the appropriate number.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network instructions provided. From this accessory. the server will answer the phone and allow the connection if you are an authorized user. On the server side. RAS Protocols In order for any connection to work. 179 . Inc. Direct Cable Connection Making a RAS connection to a server is similar to a direct connection but. the client computer will establish the connection via DUN software. RAS/DUN supports various connection protocols to ensure proper connections and security. in this case. On the client side. you will use a modem to establish the connection. Windows (95/98 and NT) has an accessory called Dial-Up Networking. With this in place. but is still in use with some systems. your computer will have to make the phone call and provide the necessary security authentication information to the server. you can connect any two Windows-based computers and share data with only a cable connection. The server you are contacting may be an individual computer or a server that provides access to a larger network. 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).

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

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

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

Specialized Solutions. As a networking professional. Inc.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Limitations of RAS As good as RAS is. 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. You should consider RAS when your bandwidth is less than 128 Kbps. 183 . and you don’t need a fulltime connection. you will need to understand both its strengths and weaknesses. you want to keep the costs down. it is not always the solution for every network.

Inc. 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. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book. Definition .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords.

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Name three advanced WAN environments. a bridge. What are the two components of remote network accessing? 8. 4. Define a repeater. Name three RAS protocols. Inc. Describe the difference between BAUD and bps.544 Mbps transmissions is called? 6. 10. What is analog communication? 5. 9.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 7 1. a router. and a gateway. What is the difference between an active hub and a passive hub? 3. 186 Specialized Solutions. A form of digital line that is capable of 1. What is the difference between a hub and a MAU? 2. . Name four forms of RAS security. 7.

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

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

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

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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It can also work in conjunction with Routing and Remote access. In the case of a proxy server. NAT also acts as a type of firewall. the proxy server. . Proxy Server ICS ICS allows computers within a network. since it keeps the private IP addresses hidden from the outside world.e. i. and DNS. NAT.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). 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. a NAT is just a device or program that translates one set of IP addresses to another set of IP addresses. like a LAN. 200 Specialized Solutions. The proxy server is a liaison between the two parties. The proxy server may function in the role of the server or the client. Inc. to share a single connection to the Internet. we talked about the client/server relationship in terms of the roles of various users and servers. It allows for use of one public IP address for many private IP addresses. who think they are communicating directly with one another. it serves many clients through only one connection. ICS allows multiple users to fully utilize that connection by performing different tasks at the same time. Actually. IP Proxy Servers Earlier. depending on the direction in which the communication is traveling at any given time. It contains DHCP. The user is connecting to the Internet via a secondary source. but it is most often used between a private network and the networks public address or addresses. The proxy server is actually making a connection to another network or to the Internet on behalf of the client.

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let’s now take a look at IP address numbers. Each of these octets represents a number from 0-256. Imagine how difficult it would be to have to remember a combination of 32 1s and 0s for each address. .2 billion) different numbers.194. To simplify these addresses.294. the administrator may assign an IP address to each computer (as long as the number is unique).00001000. Inc. however.00100111. 3rd octet: The value of the 3rd octet in our example is 8.11000010 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. It is important that the networking professional have a basic understanding of these classes. An octet is a group of eight binary digits and a period or “dot” separates these octets. So the dotted decimal address of our example is 33. 4th octet: And finally the value of our 4th octet is 194. 2nd octet: The value of the 2nd octet is 39.967. 202 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TCP/IP Addressing IPv4 Enough talk about IP address names. 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: 00100001.8. 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.296 (4. Internet IP addresses.39. A 32-bit binary number can represent (232) or 4. This IP address is a 32-bit binary number. The result is called a dotted decimal number. Although that is easy for a computer. If a network is internal and does not access the Internet. they are broken down into four octets. it is not easy for us. are assigned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and these IP addresses are further divided into classes.

The leading bits in the binary representation of a Class C address are always 11 (11000000).194. The first octet in a Class B address is always a number between 128 and 191. 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. 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.39 would be the Network ID and 8.8.) The first octet in a Class A address is always a number between 1 and 126. Class B Addresses This class is assigned to medium sized networks. (A host may be any device on the network.8 and the Host ID would be 194. The example we used to define a dotted decimal address of 33.8. In this class the first three octets are used for the Network ID and only the last octet is used for the Host ID. Inc. The two octets in the center can be either assigned to the Network ID or the Host ID. The class can be determined by the value of the first octet.194 would be the Host ID. The first octet (33) would identify the network (Network ID) and the rest of the octets would identify the host (Host ID) 39. you should pay special attention the Classes A. Depending on the assignment. The class of the IP address determines which octets identify the Network ID and which octets identify the Host ID. Class A Class B Class C Class A Addresses If the network applying for Internet IP addresses is extremely large. In this case 129.39.194.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials IP Addresses The dotted decimal number is further broken down into two components. An example of a Class B IP address would be 129. The first two octets identify the network (Network ID) and the last two octets identify the host (Host ID). Class C Addresses These are the most common and are used for smaller networks. There are five common classes: A through E. B and C. Within classes. only the first octet is used for the Network ID and all three remaining octets identify the host (Host ID). 01-126 128-191 192-223 (leading bit = 0) (leading bit = 1) (leading bits =11) Specialized Solutions. 203 . Class D and Class E Addresses Class D cannot be used for networks (multicast) and Class E IP addresses are reserved for future use. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class B address is always 1 (10000000).39.194 would be an example of a Class A address. The first octet of a Class C address is always a number between 192-223.8. An example of a Class C IP address would be 193. the network is divided into classes. For the Network+ exam.8. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class A address is always 0 (00000000).194 where the Network ID would be 193.39.

Also. All in use and no longer available. there are 16. if a network is going to be connected to the Internet. Inc.534 possible Host ID numbers. This organization is called InterNIC (Internet Network Information Center). 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. Class B uses two octets for the Network ID and two octets for the Host ID.777. Class C has a large number of Network IDs and only a few Host IDs.126 128 . and they are responsible for the assignment and regulation of IP addresses. Class B . so there are only 254 addresses available for hosts. Class C uses three octets for the Network ID and only one for the Host ID. Likewise. there are only 65.0.used by very large networks. you must petition the official Internet authorities for the assignment of a network address. Use the following table to memorize the different classes: CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C 1 . specifically 127. Note: The existing shortage of addresses has made it impossible to obtain a Class A address for a long time.191 192 . Class C IP addresses are still available. 204 Specialized Solutions. As we mentioned earlier.used for medium-sized networks.used for smaller networks that do not exceed 254 hosts.223 In addition. Class B IP addresses are all in use and no longer available.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Since a Class A Network ID uses the remaining three octets to assign numbers for the Host ID. B or C address.214 possible Host ID numbers. the Network ID of 127 designates the local node and allows that node to send a test packet to itself without generating network traffic. Class C . You can see that Class A has the largest number of hosts.0.1) Class A . This is the loopback address. with the least number of Network IDs. . 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. (For example.

but at least one must be left in each 16-bit field. It does.net. use the double colon more than once in an IPv6 address. IPv6 uses format prefixes (FP). 205 . Inc. Rather than having “classes” like IPv4. which are variable-length fields that comprise the high-order bits. Unicast is an address for a single host. which only uses 32-bit addressing. demand high bandwidth. IPv6 (IP Next Generation) IPv6 (IP Next Generation) is the latest IP technology. Here is an example of a Unicast address: 1070:0:0:0:7:777:300F:754B Specialized Solutions. 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. 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 would make it unclear as to what was represented. as well as ease of configuration and security built right in. The address types are Unicast. For example. to define the address type. This happens to supercede the rule about one zero having to be left in a field. It uses eight 16-bit pieces with colons as separators as opposed to the full stops used in IPv4. It uses 128-bit addressing. IPv6 uses hexadecimal numbers (0 to 9. The benefits of IPv6 include improved scalability. and Multicast. as compared to IPv4. then A to F) instead of decimal because of the length of the new addressing scheme. Anycast. however. VA 22070 You can also E-mail to hostmaster@internic.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Contact InterNIC at: Network Solutions InterNIC Registration Services 505 Huntmar Park Drive Herndon. A double colon can be used to represent multiple contiguous fields of zeros. however. You can compact multiple fields of zero beyond the previous example.

. since they can be used to limit traffic to a domain. 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. An aggregatable global address uses a fixed prefix of 2000::/3. The Loopback address in IPv6 is 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 or ::1.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Unicast addresses can be broken down further into four sub-groups: Global aggregatable address. Link-local address and IPv4-compatible address.1 with IPv4. just like 127. Link-Local addresses use the FE80::/10 prefix and are used by hosts on a local link. Finally. 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. All in all. 206 Specialized Solutions. is an address for a group of hosts within a scope and has a FF00::/8 prefix. which replaces broadcast.0. Inc. Site-local address. Multicast.0.

00000000 or 255. The purpose of a subnet mask is to determine the network portion of the IP address. have all 1s to the left and all 0s to the right. a subnet mask can be 255.0.255. a large university may have a network spread over several buildings and perhaps remote campuses. the results will be the actual network portion of that IP address (not necessarily the default network portion determined by its class). 207 .255.255.0. a router can determine which addresses are local and which addresses are for other subnets within the network. In this example. For example: 11111111.00000000. Specialized Solutions. 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. separating it from the host portion of the address. This is done with binary addition (anding). If you “and” the IP address to the subnet mask.0.0 In regard to classful addressing . Inc. Before looking at anding.0 255.0 (Class A). You must however.11111111. For example.0.216 hosts) Class B (65. By using a concept called anding.0. Anding is the binary addition that the router uses to make this determination. all the traffic within a building or campus will be kept locally except when it needs to go to another subnet.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.777. 255. you can reduce the overall network traffic. By using subnets.0 (Class C). The number of 0s determines the maximum number of available hosts within the sub-network. Default Subnet Masks 255.0.534 hosts) Class C (254 hosts) Note: You cannot use IP addresses with all 1s or all 0s.255.255. only the traffic that is not local will pass through.0. You can use a subnet mask that does not completely use all the bits in an octet.0 (Class B).255. Since a router connects each subnet. lets look at subnet masks. Subnet masks with full octets (255) are the default subnet mask.0 255.255. or 225.0 Class A (16. which uses a certain logic to determine the network portion of the address.

while the Host ID 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.224.8.7.0.0) Noticing that all the places that have ones.0. The following tables summarize IP addresses and subnet masks: 208 Specialized Solutions.0. Those 11 bits equal a network portion of 33.194.194 is determined by the zeros in the subnet mask.0.8.194.00000000.00000000 (33.8.00100000. Any local addresses will not pass through.11000010 (33. The network and host portions do not break down neatly into octets since the subnet mask does not take up a complete second octet. Therefore in our example the Network ID is 33.00000000.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Remember.00100111. a router can determine if a message is for a destination on the local network or for a machine on a remote segment.194) 11111111.8.39.32 and the Host ID is 7. Inc. for binary addition: 1+1=1 1+0=0 0+0=0 Now.32.32.194. The remaining 21 bits in the IP address is the host portion This equals 7.39. it recognizes the first 11 bits as the network portion of this address. using our previous example of 33.32. and through leaving only the digits for the network portion or 33.224.0.11100000. let’s and it to the subnet mask of 255. Since the subnet mask only goes 3 bits into the second octet. thus reducing the traffic on the rest of the network. By using this method.0) equals 00100001. 00100001.8.00000000 (255.00001000.

Allows an unlimited number of hosts to communicate.c to 126. If a router is connected to two subnets.255.a.777.255.a. Reduce network traffic by limiting broadcast and local traffic to a single segment. There are steps to follow when subnetting: Determine the number of Network IDs required.b.255. 209 .255.a. each TCP/IP printer network interface and each router interface on each subnet.a.0 Maximum Networks and Hosts per Class Class A B C Default Subnet Mask 255.b.b. it will require an address for each subnet.0.152 Number of Hosts 16.b.0 Number of Networks 126 16. There are several reasons to divide a network in this manner.0.0 255.b.c 128. Be sure to include some room for growth of the network.0 255.0.255.0 255.b. Connect a mix of network technologies (Ethernet and Token Ring).097.255. A unique host ID is required for each TCP/IP computer network interface card. • • • • Connect physically remote local networks.0.c to 223.c 192.0 255.0.534 254 How to Subdivide a Network The process of subdividing a network into logical units is called subnetting or subnetworking. Determine the number of Host IDs per subnet.c Default Subnet Mask 255.a.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Default Subnet Mask and Network Classes Class A B C IP Address 001. Specialized Solutions.384 2.a.0. Inc.c to 191. A unique network ID is required for each subnet and each wide area network.216 65.

192 255.0 255.000 hosts. .255.248.240 255.224.0 255. we have one network with approximately 65.255. With this number.255.252 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 16.0.240. As we begin to subnet.255. We do this by using bits from the next octet or octets as part of our network addresses that we assign.255. We will use an InterNIC ID of 191.255. We use this formula to determine the number of subnets that will be created by borrowing bits from the hosts. we are increasing the number of network addresses that we can use and decreasing the number of host. First.36.128 255.255.252.254.255.192.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.0 255.0 255.255.0 255. you will need to start with the network ID supplied by InterNIC.255.255.255.255.382 Hosts N/A 8190 4096 2046 1022 510 254 126 62 30 14 6 2 210 Specialized Solutions. we will notice that this is a Class B network and therefore the default subnet mask will be 255.0 255.255.255.224 255.0.255.255.255. Class B Subnet Mask (2 to 14 bits borrowed) 255.248 255.0 255. The following table shows the subnet mask created by borrowing bits and how it will affect our network.255. Inc.255.255. To begin this process. You should remember the formula 2n-2 where n is the number of bits borrowed.

we determine that we will need 14 subnets to meet our current needs.240 255. We already know that the first two octets will be 10111111 00100100 from this ID.36 as assigned to us by InterNIC. Specialized Solutions. Make sure that the decimal mode (Dec) is selected.255. Just to be on the safe side.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Class C Subnet Mask (2 to 6 bits borrowed) 255.255. the question is how many bits of the third octet do we need to use? After examining our network requirements. For this example. 3. 1. The number 18 will now be in binary (10010).252 Bits 2 3 4 5 6 Subnets 0 6 14 30 62 Hosts N/A 30 14 6 2 To make this easy.255.255. you can use the scientific calculator supplied with any Windows operating system.192 255.224 255. 2. Inc. lets keep our network ID of 191. 211 . Make sure that it is in scientific view (that’s the big calculator).255. giving us a total requirement of 18. Change the mode to binary (Bin).255.255. Enter the value of 18. let’s add 4 more for future expansions.255.255. Now we get out our Windows calculator.255.248 255.

To keep things simple. the subnet mask would be 255. instead of selecting the next subnet on our list. The following table shows the six subnets created when using the three bits of the third octet: 212 Specialized Solutions.255. Also notice that had we chosen 14 (no allowance for growth). we would have had to reconfigure the entire network.248.224.255.0. our answer would have been to use 4 bits and we would have been limited to a maximum of 14 subnets. This will be the number of bits required for the third octet. Had we needed to add a new subnet. let’s look at the subnets for the subnet mask of 255. you can determine the available Network IDs.0 and the network address of 192.000 hosts each. Count the number of binary digits (5). Inc. Determine the Network IDs One you determine the number of subnets required and the subnet mask.36. For this example.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4. . This will actually allow us up to 30 subnets with 2.

A Class B network default subnet mask would be 255.0. If it is different.36 (overall network address) 192. the sending computer will send the message to a router for delivery. (If the sending computer and the destination computer have the same subnet mask. The zeros indicate the location of the Host ID.255.255.36.0.001 in the last octet.128 192. Inc.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 192.255.36. or one that is located on a remote network.255. In dotted-decimal format.64 192. on a Class A network the default subnet mask would be 255.0 and the default Class C subnet mask would be 255. 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.000 or .36.36.192 Determine the Host IDs The host ID can be assigned as any number starting with the last digit of the forth octet (00000001). The only restrictions are that you cannot use .32 192.0. This indicates that the Network ID is located in the first octet of the network address. indicating that the Network ID is contained in the first two or three octets respectively. 213 . up to and including the remaining digits not used with the subnet ID.36.36.160 192. they are on the same network. this means that the number starts with .0.) Specialized Solutions. these are reserved for broadcast addresses. and continues up to one less than the subnet ID of the next subnet. 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.0. For example.96 192.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NETWORK CLASS CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C DEFAULT SUBNET MASK 255.223 214 Specialized Solutions.255.0 CLASS ID 1 .255.191 192 .0.0.126 128 . .255.0 255. Inc.0.0 255.

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

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

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.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. Inc. 217 .

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

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

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Inc.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 administrator can create reports and charts that define the status of the network. The data is then compiled in a database called a MIB (Management Information Base). you can obtain several third party software packages that will help you manage a network. Specialized Solutions. It is run on a single computer and is used to access any SNMP devices and collect data. In addition. you can remotely monitor any SNMP compatible device.SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an open protocol that allows third party software vendors to create products to manage networks. 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. 221 . From the database and the software interface. Network Managers . Using one of these products.

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

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

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

PING The lowest level test to find out if you have connectivity to a remote host. IFCONFIG IFCONFIG displays the status of the network interface configuration. Arp -a displays the current ARP entries (resolved IP to MAC addresses) on your client. The following three are the most common and are covered in more detail in the next chapter. and will often respond even when higher-level TCP-based services cannot.168. IPCONFIG is entered from a DOS prompt and WINIPCFG can be used from RUN on the START menu. IPCONFIG/WINIPCFG These commands are the same. and you would use this IP to find its MAC address or its physical address. You should use this command when you want to verify a user’s configuration or if there are problems reaching a remote host. NSLOOKUP -s lists well-known services of clients in the domain. Ping works at the IP level. ARP ARP will allow you to find the physical address (MAC address) of a computer by using the IP address of that computer. 225 .Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS TCP/IP also provides several useful troubleshooting tools. NSLOOKUP -d shows all records for the domain.12. Inc. RARP RARP accomplishes the reverse of the ARP by using the known MAC address to find a host’s IP address. NSLOOKUP -t shows all records of the type specified. which might be 0000-05-67-FF-33. Arp -s is used to change the IP address of a device.1. For example. NSLOOKUP -h shows CPU and operating system information for the domain. NSLOOKUP a shows aliases of clients in the domain. Specialized Solutions. NSLOOKUP This command is used to troubleshoot DNS problems and can display the DNS entry for a given IP address. the IP of a host might be 192. and will display the current configuration of a computer. Ping -t performs a continuous ping and ping -n pings the IP address more than once.

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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. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This practice is called cryptography and the system is called a cryptosystem. The name comes from their first initials. 238 Specialized Solutions. RSA is a public-key cryptosystem for both encryption and authentication. because the sender and receiver use the same key to decrypt the data. It was invented in 1977 by Ron Rivest. and Leonard Adleman. The recipient’s public key is used by the sender to encrypt the message. Adi Shamir. Encryption is also used to encrypt E-mail transmissions.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. can understand the message. A VPN is a network that uses the Internet to connect remote users to an internal network. Encryption is used to scramble passwords on an internal network so that they may not be stolen during logon. other than the person for whom the message was intended. Inc. Encryption converts regular text into ciphertext by combining the original data with one or more “keys” known only to the sender and recipient. RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) uses both a public key and a private key. These keys are numbers or strings of characters combined with the original text to create an algorithm. DES was developed by IBM and is now the most commonly used Private Key encryption system used. This method uses a 56-bit private key. Without encryption the Internet would be a hotbed for high-tech thieves who could tap into it and steal information and credit card numbers. It is also used to secure data over VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). DES (Data Encryption Standard) is the fastest and easiest method of sending an encrypted message. . the Internet is not the most secure of environments. The entire security of RSA depends on the difficulty of factoring large prime numbers. and the recipient’s private key is used to decrypt it. and is used extensively for online commerce (e-commerce) and online banking.

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

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

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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. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords.

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

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The first step is the most critical and often the most ignored. 245 . Don’t assume that just because you are the expert. In order to do this. you are looking for the cause. a pen (or pencil). Remember. or when there is a deadline and the user must have it fixed now. recognize the potential effects of the solution and document the solution. select the most probable cause. Inc. Specialized Solutions. The user of the computer or network is your best source of information. Remember. As a troubleshooter. For those who must endure the struggle. while for others it is a struggle. Being an effective troubleshooter does not come automatically with networking knowledge (even though it is implied). If fact. test the result. Basic Troubleshooting As mentioned. The only tools required for this phase are a pad of paper. so that you can focus on the things that might be the cause of the problem. Establish the symptoms: Defining a problem is not always as simple as it sounds. To make matters worse. not the symptom. not when all is well. After all. computers never fail at a convenient time. Be sure to listen carefully to your client or co-worker. They may not know the technical reason for the failure. The eight parts are as follows: establish the symptoms. a habit of applying a methodical and determined approach will soon result in it becoming second nature for you. This chapter will begin with some basic troubleshooting techniques. This added frustration often leads to confusion and stress. “as reported. troubleshooting comprises perhaps the single largest aspect of working with computer and network hardware and software.” is really just the symptom and not the true cause. if you are the expert. The majority of this course has focused on the facts and science of networks. Let’s take a look at an eight-part approach that will lead to successful troubleshooting. and progress with some specific tools that you can employ to simplify the process. Troubleshooting is an art and can be learned. identify the affected area. It is proper use of all the parts that will make your next troubleshooting exercise easier. but they often hold the keys to the problem.Conclusion Chapter 11 – Troubleshooting a Network Being a computer and network professional automatically implies that you are a troubleshooter. In most cases. troubleshooting is more of an art form than a science. establish what has changed. the operator doesn’t know what caused the problem. 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. implement a solution. you must be organized. For some technicians troubleshooting comes naturally. you will most likely be called when there is a problem. you must be able to quickly and confidently eliminate as many alternatives as possible. and good listening skills. What you must learn is how to approach a problem in an organized and methodical manner. This chapter will focus on the application of these facts to solve problems. They always fail in the middle of a job. it seems well defined by the person who calls and complains! But is it really defined? Frequently the problem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

When the receiver is placed in close proximity to the wire that has the signal applied. This applies a signal on the wires. 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. and test at the other end. The tone generator is connected to the wires at the known location (the room with the outlet). thus locating the wires. if the cable is a hundred feet long and spans the length of a building. to find pairs of wires in a bundle.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. You can use a pair of wires (very common in network cables) and connect the two wires at one end. this is not a problem. there are more often than not. it will emit a tone. The tone locator is a receiver that is set to the frequency of the generator. However. Telephone and phone wiring companies use two tools. these tools are often called a fox and a hound. called tone generators and tone locators. . Inc. testing for continuity will require an additional wire. When used together. several pairs of wires at one end (the hub or patch panel). The problem when using this tool for testing continuity of a network cable is the length of the cable. 252 Specialized Solutions. However. If both ends are in the same location.

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

Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Optical Tester Optical Testers or optical time domain reflectometers (OTDR) are essentially the same as a TDR. 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. but used for fiber optic cabling. . 254 Specialized Solutions.

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

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

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

your dialog box will look like the following. XP. If you are using Windows.48.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Notice that the IP address of this computer is 195. WINIPCFG You can now PING that address to determine if the network card and protocol stack for the computer are working properly. 2000. . or 2003 system.55. Inc. WINIPCFG. This command is only for Windows 9x and ME and will not work on a Windows NT.6. 258 Specialized Solutions.

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

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

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

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

Inc. 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. 263 .Conclusion KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.

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

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

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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. Using the wrong cable will cause poor performance and/or failure of the network. you must conform to the 5-4-3 rule. In order for the network to operate at peak performance. Only 3 segments can contain nodes. • • • Maximum of 5 segments in a series. Maximum of 4 repeaters. They are specified based on their impedance. all electronic components must operate at the same impedance. It is expressed in ohms.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. Inc. Coaxial Cable Types Not all coaxial cables are the same. Impedance is a unit of measurement for resistance to AC voltages. 267 .

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. Description Stranded wire core. such as cable television. Length (meters) Speed Mbps Nodes Per Segment Max Segments Max. Inc.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. Larger in diameter and rated for higher frequencies than RG-59. RG-62 Ethernet Cabling Cable Type Topology Max. ArcNet networks. . but also used for broadband transmissions. Broadband transmission.

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

3 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802.11 802.x Standard 802.10 802.8 802.7 802.6 802.12 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.1 802.x Standards The IEEE 802 standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI Model. They also divide the Data Link Layer into two sub-layers: Logical Link Control and Media Access Controls.5 802. . Inc.9 802. 802.2 802.4 802.

Inc. 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. 271 . COM4 COM1. 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. there are some that are always the same and some that can be changed.Appendix A – Tech Summary IRQ Assignments IRQ assignments can vary from computer to computer.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide In addition to IRQs you may have to set the Base I/O address. Inc. 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 .LPT2 380 to 38F 390 to 39F 272 Specialized Solutions. .

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. Inc.

384 2.777.x.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.x.152 Number of Host 16. x.x.x to 126. Hubs.x 128.0 Number of Networks 126 16.x to 223.0 255.0. Inc.214 65. Repeaters Computers Devices Subnet Masking Subnet masks are used to divide an IP address into its network address and host address.0 255.x.255.0. .x.255.x.x.0.x. Subnet masks are assigned according to the following three classes: Class A B C IP Address 001.x 192.x.x.x Default Subnet Mask 255. x.097.534 254 274 Specialized Solutions.255.x to 191.

0. Here are some command-line utilities: IFCONFIG IPCONFIG Shows the Linux user’s network interface configuration. 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. Use the loopback address (127. and default gateway.1) to test the IP architecture and configuration.0. the subnet mask. 275 . PING ARP RARP Specialized Solutions. the subnet address. Sends a test packet to a specified address. it will return. If all is well. Displays the basic local host configuration – IP address. Inc. 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.Appendix A – Tech Summary TCP/IP Ports A port is a virtual outlet that can be opened on a network device.

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

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

and continuity of electronic devices and circuitry. Inc. resistance. . TDR – checks and locates breaks in cables. Used to capture packets on a network and analyze them. An electronic device that graphically displays frequency and magnitude of analog signals. Used with TDR to locate cable breaks.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. Also called a network analyzer. Protocol Analyzer 278 Specialized Solutions. Can also be used for precise voltage measurements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The MAC address is the address that is hardwired onto the NIC by the manufacturer. Logical Link Control – a sublayer of the Data Link Layer AppleTalk networks are usually called LocalTalk. internally wired to connect the stations into a logical ring. 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. Industry Standard Architecture refers to the bus architecture used in the IBM PC. across a network connection. Metropolitan Area Network The primary software package used by the administrator.Appendix E – Glossary IPCONFIG IPsec IRQ DOS command that tells you the IP address for your computer. Specialized Solutions.” Server used for E-mail. The time it takes for a packet to go from sender to receiver. Integrated Services Digital Network is a set of communication standards that allows a single wire or optical fiber to carry voice. Inc. and video data sources. 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. it’s “hardware address. Multistation Access Unit in a Token Ring network. data. 293 ISA Bus ISDN Kerberos L2TP LAN Laser Transmissions Latency LLC LocalTalk MAC Mail Server MAN Management Software MAU/MSAU . Media Access Control – a sublayer of the Data Link Layer.

One of the most basic tools for electronic troubleshooting. 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. among others. Single Frequency Radio. A type of hub. Message Handling System – A standard defined by ITU-T as X. Provides the physical connection to the network cable. Inc. introduced by IBM for its PS/2 computer line. MHS provides the functions for global E-mail transfer among local mail systems. The transmitter and receiver are tuned to the same frequency. A method of data transmission. protocol as well A group of computers linked together for the purpose of sharing resources. Network Attached Storage Network Address Translation NetBIOS Statistics NetWare Directory Services Names used with WINS. and is used by CompuServe. .400 and by ISO as Message-Oriented Text Interchange Standard (MOTIS). Also known as a network interface card. The actual ring in a Token Ring network is in the hub. Performing multiple tasks simultaneously. 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. a 32-bit bus. A wireless network standard that uses microwave signals for data transmission.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide MCA Bus Micro Channel Architecture. Much like your local radio station. totally incompatible with the original PC bus.

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

other processes will still run. and running on TCP/IP. . many third-party applications are available. A group of protocols that are used to communicate between computers on a network. converting character sets and encrypting data. The Physical layer is the lowest layer in the OSI Model. The preemptive feature allows NT to hand out slices of CPU time. Dedicated server for printing. depending upon the needs of the user. Post Office Protocol 3 Point-to-Point Protocol Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol Introduced in version 3. used to circulate air through a building. allowing incompatible processes in the Application layer to communicate with the Session layer.5 of Windows 3. A hardware device. A software tool that is used to monitor the performance of a network server. which means that a process can take control of the CPU and check for other processes. The OSI model is the ideal protocol stack. The space between the ceiling and the floor above. Defines a channel between a device and the processor. This layer determines the interface hardware and the medium that will be used to transmit the data from the Data Link layer. Although included as part of Windows NT.1. and even if a process takes full control. The Presentation layer formats data exchange. this feature has a different scheme called cooperative multitasking. Peripheral Physical Layer PING Plenum Port Number POP3 PPP PPTP Preemptive Multitasking Presentation Layer Print Server Protocol Stack 296 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Peer-to-Peer Performance Monitor All the computers on the network can act as either a client or server. such as a printer or scanner. A way of testing the server to see if it is alive and functioning. Inc.

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

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

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

Inc. Virtual LAN Wide Area Network A command used to display the current configuration of a Windows computer. like TCP.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Tone Generator Connected to the wires at the known location (the room with the outlet). . The Transport layer is responsible for packaging (and un-packaging) the data for transport. A major operating system that is primarily used on minicomputers and has many features that are favored in the engineering and scientific environments. defined in STD 6. The “hound. is layered on top of IP.” 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. this applies a signal on the wires. When the receiver is placed in close proximity to the wire that has the signal applied. A device that transmits and receives data. RFC 768 is a connectionless protocol. The “fox. Connectors that utilize sharp teeth to pierce the cable jacket to make the connection. Additionally named traceroute in UNIX environments. User Datagram Protocol. it will emit a tone. 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.” A receiver set to the frequency of the generator. Used on transceivers. Twisted network cables that do not have any shielding. and for the errorfree delivery of the transmitted data. thus locating the wires. The part of a data packet that contains the error corrections information. which.

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

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303 . Review Questions Chapter 1 1. What does MAN stand for and why is it no longer in use? Metropolitan Area Networks have been replaced by the Internet. LANs typically also have much faster communication speed than WANs. No security. data backups can be more easily and routinely performed. 2. like one office). inexpensive to install (no need to buy expensive server). Name some disadvantages of a Peer-to-Peer network. 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. Access can be denied to unauthorized users (security). Inc. It is confined to a limited area. configure. Workstations need to be close together (in a relatively small area. 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. Simple to install. and peripheral devices. Files are easily accessed by all users. and manage (each user manages their own computer) for a small number of workstations (10 or less). What is the main reason for networking computers? To share resources. 4. 3. 5. Specialized Solutions. Name some advantages of a Peer-to-Peer network. applications.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. 7. A WAN is not geographically limited. loss of performance occurs if expanded over 10 workstations. Name some advantages of having centralized documents. such as data. Dragging a printer from computer to computer for users to utilize is another form of a sneaker net. A WAN is created by connecting LANs together. 6.

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

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

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

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

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

If a computer doesn’t receive an expected signal from its upstream neighbor it will notify the monitor that a problem may exist. . Which IEEE Specification defines Token Ring? The IEEE 802. Describe a MIC connector. Any connector can be connected to another MIC connector. Which IEEE Specification defines Ethernet? The IEEE 802. It can be either depending upon how it is set up. It is more commonly set up to travel clockwise.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 14. MIC (Media Interface Connectors) are connectors that have neither male nor female ends. 19. The main thing is that data only travels in one direction on a Token Ring network. It does this by transmitting a signal every seven seconds. A SMAU may have the capability to shut down a connection that is producing errors thereby allowing the rest of the network to function. Inc. however. while IBM says that it travels counter-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. 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. 21. What are the two transmission speeds of Token Ring? 4 Mbps and 16 Mbps 17. This signal is called beaconing and it travels from computer to computer. How are data collisions avoided in the Token Ring architecture? A computer must posses the token in order to transmit data. Which way does data travel in a Token Ring network? Which way data travels in a Token Ring network is a matter of convention. They are also called hermaphrodite connectors. 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. data collisions are avoided. IEEE 802. Describe beaconing as it applies to Token Ring architecture. 314 Specialized Solutions.5 says it travels clockwise.5 standard 16. 20. Since no other computer can transmit while one computer has the token. 18.3 standard 15.

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. What type of access method is utilized by an ARCNet network? Token-passing. 4. 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. What is the purpose of AppleShare? AppleShare is the name of the file server on an AppleTalk network. 2. it stores it to use each time it connects to the network. 3. 23. 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. Is NetBEUI a good protocol to use with a large WAN? No. It then broadcasts the address to determine if any other computer on the network is using it. 315 .Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 22. etc. NetBEUI is a non-routable protocol and will not interface with routers. If no other computer is using the address. It does this even if computer #1 is at the opposite end of the network from computer #2. 24. It first goes to computer #1 and then #2. Review Questions Chapter 6 1. What are the two areas of concern when starting a network project? You will need to consider the customer and the network goals. It also provides a print server. Inc. 5. Specialized Solutions. What is the number one reason for choosing a client/server network? The number one reason for using a client/server network is security. 25.

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

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

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

ROUTE. List as many as you can. Inc. U U U U 12. each device will need to be _________ compliant. Specialized Solutions. NETSTAT and TRACERT.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 11. 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 kind of software package can you purchase to help analyze your network? Network Management Software is used to analyze network traffic and network status. In order for your new network management software to monitor the activities of the entire network. 319 . 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. 2. 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. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) 3.

2. . 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. Inc. The acronym RAID stands for____________? Redundant Array of Independent Disks or Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. 5. What are the two requirements of user level logon? The user must type in a Username and a Password. passwords are assigned to __________.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 10 1. In a share level model. 4. It can also be configured to prevent unauthorized transmissions from leaving your network. 320 Specialized Solutions. 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. What is the function of a firewall? A firewall is used to prevent unauthorized access to your network from outside via the Internet. Resources 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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