Network+ 2005 Training & Test Preparation Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Media & Topologies 2. test objectives and example content.0 Protocols & Standards 3. Example concepts are included to clarify the test objectives and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of the content of the examination.0 Network Implementation 4.” The objectives are weighted in the following manner: NETWORK+ CERTIFICATION DOMAIN AREAS 1.” “This examination includes blueprint weighting. 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. Inc.0 Network Support Total % OF EXAMINATION 20% 20% 25% 35% 100% 2 Specialized Solutions.

11 (wireless).Media and Topologies – 20% 1.5 Recognize the following media types and describe their uses: • Category 3. 10 GBASE-LR and 10 GBASE-ER 1. 3 . 1000BASE-SX and 1000BASE-LX • 10 GBASE-SR.Introduction The following is a further breakdown of the specific areas covered on the Network+ exam: Domain 1.4 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. 802. schematic or description: • Star • Bus • Mesh • Ring 1.1 Recognize the following logical or physical network topologies given a diagram.6 Identify the purposes.0 . 802.3 (Ethernet). and FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) networking technologies. topology. 5e. and 6 • UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) • STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) • Coaxial cable • SMF (Single Mode Fiber) optic cable • MMF (Multimode Fiber) optic cable 1. Inc. length.3 Specify the characteristics (For example: speed. 5. features and functions of the following network components: • Hubs • Switches • Bridges • Routers • Gateways • CSU / DSU (Channel Service Unit / Data Service Unit) Specialized Solutions.5 (token ring). including: • Speed • Access method (CSMA / CA (Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Avoidance) and CSMA / CD (Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection)) • Topology • Media 1.2 (Logical Link Control).2 Specify the main features of 802. 802. 1000BASE-CX. and cable type) of the following cable standards: • 10BASE-T and 10BASE-FL • 100BASE-TX and 100BASE-FX • 1000BASE-T.

frequency.1 Identify a MAC (Media Access Control) address and its parts.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. 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).11 (Frequency hopping spread spectrum) • 802. 2. transmission type and topology) of the following wireless technologies: • 802.6 Identify classful IP (Internet Protocol) ranges and their subnet masks (For example: Class A. Domain 2.10 Define the purpose. addressing schemes.4 Differentiate between the following network protocols in terms of routing.7 Specify the general characteristics (For example: carrier speed. antenna type and environmental factors).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. 2.5 Identify the components and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses (IPv4.7 Identify the purpose of subnetting.0 – Protocols and Standards – 20% 2.11x (Direct sequence spread spectrum) • Infrared • Bluetooth 1. 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. . 2. 2. 2.8 Identify factors which affect the range and speed of wireless service (For example: interference.2 Identify the seven layers of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) model and their functions. IPv6) and the required setting for connections across the Internet.8 Identify the differences between private and public network addressing schemes. Inc.9 Identify and differentiate between the following IP (Internet Protocol) addressing methods: • Static • Dynamic • Self-assigned (APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing)) 2.

ICS (Internet Connection Sharing).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. NAT (Network Address Translation).11 Define the function of TCP / UDP (Transmission Control Protocol / User Datagram Protocol) ports.14 Identify the basic characteristics (For example: speed.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. Inc. 2.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. LPD (Line Printer Daemon) and Samba).13 Identify the purpose of network services and protocols (For example: DNS (Domain Name Service). 2. WINS (Windows Internet Name Service). AFP (Apple File Protocol). 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. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). Zeroconf (Zero configuration). SMB (Server Message Block). 5 . NFS (Network File System).25 2.

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. media tester / certifier. and physical connectivity. benefits and characteristics of using a firewall. 6 Specialized Solutions. benefits and characteristics of using a proxy service. 3. file and print services.1x 2. Includes connection to the following servers: • UNIX / Linux / MAC OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 3.18 Identify authentication protocols (For example: CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol).Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 2. 3. configure the connection.5 Identify the purpose. 3. 3.4 Given a remote connectivity scenario comprised of a protocol. .9 Identify the main characteristics and purpose of extranets and intranets. RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service). 3. Inc. 3. authentication and encryption). determine the impact on network functionality of a particular security implementation (For example: port blocking / filtering. network protocols and peer and server services).0 Network Implementation – 25% 3. punch down tool or tone generator). Domain 3. authentication. an authentication scheme.1 Identify the basic capabilities (For example: client support. PAP (Password Authentication Protocol).17 Identify the following security protocols and describe their purpose and function: • IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) • L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol) • SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) • WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) Continued on the next page… Continued from the previous page… • WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) • 802.8 Identify the main characteristics of VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks).7 Given a connectivity scenario. interoperability. MS-CHAP (Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). 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. Kerberos and EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)).2 Identify the basic capabilities needed for client workstations to connect to and use network resources (For example: media.3 Identify the appropriate tool for a given wiring task (For example: wire crimper.6 Identify the purpose.

identify the utility and interpret the output. identify the cause of a stated problem (For example: bad media.12 Identify the purpose and characteristics of disaster recovery: • Backup / restore • Offsite storage • Hot and cold spares • Hot. determine the impact of modifying. 3. star.3 Given a network scenario.Introduction 3.4 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a client accessing remote network services. benefits and characteristics of using antivirus software. 4. identify the network area affected and the cause of the stated failure. 4. warm and cold sites Domain 4. 4.7 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a network with a particular physical topology (For example: bus. identify the cause of the problem (For example: file services.1).2 Given output from a network diagnostic utility (For example: those utilities listed in objective 4. mesh or ring) and including a network diagram. interpret visual indicators (For example: link LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) and collision LEDs (Light Emitting Diode)) to determine the nature of a stated problem. network hardware or environment).6 Given a scenario. interference.1 Given a troubleshooting scenario.5 Given a troubleshooting scenario between a client and the following server environments. Specialized Solutions. physical connectivity and SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) router). DNS (Domain Name Service) and WINS (Windows Internet Name Service)) for network resources and users. identify the cause of a stated problem: • UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 4.8 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving an infrastructure (For example: wired or wireless) problem. 4. print services.0 Network Support – 35% 4.11 Identify the purpose and characteristics of fault tolerance: • Power • Link redundancy • Storage • Services 3.10 Identify the purpose. authentication failure. protocol configuration. Inc. adding or removing network services (For example: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). 4. select the appropriate network utility from the following: • Tracert / traceroute • ping • arp • netstat • nbtstat • ipconfig / ifconfig • winipcfg • nslookup / dig 4. 7 .

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

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

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

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

Inc. It is a closed book exam. . If you have never taken one of these computergenerated exams. You will have the opportunity to take a sample test. including one photo ID. • • • • 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. Evaluate the questions you missed. it might be a good idea to take advantage of this feature. 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. (such as a driver’s license or company security ID) before you take the exam. 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. indicating that you understand the regulations and will comply with them. 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. which explains the rules you will be expected to comply with during the test. You may not use a laptop computer or have any notes or printed material with you during the exam session. You will be asked to sign the form. All scratch paper or boards are collected at the end of the exam.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Step 3 – Prepare for the Network+ Exam Place the practice exam simulator in your computer’s CD-ROM and select the exam you wish to take or practice with. (the sample test is unrelated to the Network+ exam) to give you a feel for how the test is conducted. The test administrator will give you a Testing Center Regulations form. • • • • 12 Specialized Solutions. You will be required to show two forms of identification. You will be provided with a set amount of scratch paper or a small dry erase board for use during the exam.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However. This can also provide accessibility and security for all devices on a network. Specialized Solutions. Inc. Inc. 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). the computers act as both a client and a server.Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) Software Name 10NetPlus AppleTalk Easy Net GV LAN OS LANsmark LANsoft LANStep LANtastic NET/30 Network OSCBIS OS/2 Warp Personal NetWare POWERLan ReadyLink WEB Manufacturer Digital Communications Associates. it is necessary to have an operating system that can perform in this environment. the purpose of a network operating system is to connect all devices on a network (computers and peripherals) and to coordinate their usability. 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. In a Serverbased network. 39 .

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

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

time.5 is now on the market. See Chapter 10 for more information on network security. 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. servers. Version 4. login security provides authentication and verification of user name. Inc. It may be installed in either the client or server format. NetWare provides more than adequate network security by using a combination of approaches. • NetWare’s popularity is due largely to its ability to provide services across multioperating system environments. NetWare Security The purpose of a network may be to share resources. or Pentium machines. password.11 is called IntranetWare.2) was designed to operate on 286 machines. NetWare is administered through NetADMIN. NetWare is based upon the industry standard X500 directory architecture. . The earliest version (2. as well as what kind of access they have. Versions 3. It is a hierarchically organized database that provides security. deleted.EXE.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NOS Packages There are a multitude of network operating systems available for use. In the past. messaging. a user may logon from anywhere on the network and gain access with all of their assigned rights and privileges intact. which is a Windows-based utility. In this section. It is Novell’s push to gain market share and is a way of creating an Intranet. First. and account restrictions. it was the most popular server operating system. web-publishing. copied. non-shareable. Novell NetWare The NetWare operating system has been around for a long time. we will take a closer look a some of the more popular ones. Organization of network resources such as users. routing. management. groups. and volumes is also handled with NDS. 486.11 operate on 386. or through NWADMIN. which is a DOS-based utility. which is like the Internet but within a network or company.12 and 4. or changed. name service. Version 6. Directory and file attributes are used to set the types of access for a file or directory such as viewed. With NDS’ single point logon. Trustee rights regulate which directories and files a user can access. It is a reliable operating system that provides performance and security. but there will always be data in any network to which access must be restricted. shared. NetWare Directory Services (NDS) NDS (NetWare Directory Services) is the core of the NetWare operating system. but it is losing market share to Microsoft servers every year. 42 Specialized Solutions. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. and file and print services.

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

1 or later (Standard or Extended Edition) and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 OS/2 2.0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS OS/2 1.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Version 2.0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for Macintosh OS Specialized Solutions.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 2.11 or OS/2 Warp and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 Macintosh 6.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 3.5 MB 20 MB Client Software The client software may be installed on any computer running any of the following: • • • • • 44 DOS 3. .1 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS MS Windows 3. Inc.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

63 . 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. The term packet is appropriate to all of the layers. they are sometimes referred to by different names at different layers.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards Note: Packets (also called service data units) are made up of data and headers acquired from upper layers. Because of this.

Inc. the OSI Model is not a protocol. Also. then to the Physical layer on the receiving computer and back up to the Application layer. This communication will take place as long as both computers are using the same protocols. The various layers of the protocol are communicating as though they have virtual connections. In fact. some of the components or layers may actually do the work of several layers of the OSI Model. Data will travel from one computer to another on a network from the Application layer to the Physical layer on the sending computer. 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. By relating various protocols to the OSI model. Its purpose is to provide a graphical image of how network protocols work together to provide communication between two computers.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. we can better understand how they communicate across the layers. it would not match. . as in the case of the TCP/IP protocol. This means that if you were to attempt to map a protocol or a standard directly to the OSI model. you will need to know the seven layers of the OSI model.

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

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

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

February 1980). 68 Specialized Solutions.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.8 802.4 802.standards. These standards were prepared before the OSI standards.6 802.7 802.ieee. . Inc.9 802.2 802. a little surfing might be in order.11 802. visit IEEE’s web-site at http://www. Inc.org There are also many other web sites that discuss these standards. The following table lists the 802 standards by category: (The ones you need to know are the ones in bold!) Number 802.1 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802 Standards In 1980 the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 100BaseVG AnyLAN If you would like more information on these standards.5 802.3 802. but the two sets of standards were designed to be compatible.10 802. and if you would like more information on them. (IEEE) formed a committee to create standards for LANs. This project is known as the 802 project (named for the year and month the project started.

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

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

you should be familiar with these protocol stacks and you should know the OSI layer in which their components function. As a networking professional. . 72 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide The following is a list (in alphabetical order) of some routable protocols: • • • • • • • • • • • • AppleTalk DECnet IPX/ SPX PPP PPTP SLIP SMB SNA TCP/IP UDP X. Inc. 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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

but also help you to narrow down problems when troubleshooting a network. if you can get to the server through a router.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Summary In this chapter. Inc. 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. The OSI model is an invaluable tool to the networking professional. we learned about the OSI model and its importance in networking. For example. 80 Specialized Solutions. you know that networking is taking place and that you have functionality up to layer three. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An RJ-11 jack has four connection points where an RJ-45 jack has eight. Expandable patch panels (sometimes called punch down blocks) are also used with UTP installations. Distribution Panels Distribution racks and shelves are sometimes used to create more room for cables when floor space is at a premium. This gives the network administrator a greater degree of flexibility and provides fault tolerance for the network cabling system. The front of the patch panel contains RJ-45 ports (a port is a female counterpart for the RJ-45 jack). 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. Wall plates are typically used to make the connection to the computers themselves. These patch panels act like a switchboard where cables are connected and organized. This is an excellent way to organize network cables. The wire is assembled in the back of the patch panel in what is called the pin location. RJ-45 Connector AppleTalk AppleTalk networks utilizing STP cabling uses a DIN-type (DB-9) connector. Inc. . An RJ-45 connector looks just like a common telephone jack (RJ-11) only larger. They come in various sizes up to 96 ports and support transmission speeds of up to 10 Gbps . 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. Wall Plates for RJ-45 90 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Twisted-Pair Connectors UTP and STP are usually connected with RJ-45 connectors.

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

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

93 . Specialized Solutions. Inc.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.

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

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

Is future growth of the network expected? (Expandability for future growth is easier to achieve if it is planned for in advance. 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. there is no need to use heavy duty cabling when another type would be more cost-effective. last but not least. On the other hand. attenuation could have an affect on network performance if you use cabling on a large network where long cable runs are a factor. 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.) If security is an issue on the network and the data to be transmitted needs to be secure. . Inc.) Transmission speeds and. fiber-optic cabling might be appropriate to avoid any tapping.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrared networks typically broadcast at about 10 Mbps. Infrared is not sensitive to radio-frequency interference. The effective distance between a transmitter and a receiver is limited to about 100 feet. they are also fairly immune to eavesdropping. and because the transmissions are tightly focused. 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. Infrared transmits very fast because of its high bandwidths. such as windows. .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. Inc. Infrared Networks There are four types of infrared networks: • • • • 104 Reflective Infrared Line-of-Sight Infrared Scatter Infrared Broadband Optical Telepoint Specialized Solutions.

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

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

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

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.Chapter 4 – Hardware Media and Peripherals KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. 109 . Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book. Inc.

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

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What is the most popular of the cable types? 10. What is the transmission speed of category 5 cabling? 9. 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. Which twisted pair cabling is less sensitive to EMI? 11. What is the purpose of plenum cabling? 7. How is a vampire tap connected? 6. . What is the least expensive of the cable types? 112 Specialized Solutions. What is the purpose of a transceiver? 5. What is the maximum segment length of Thinnet? 2. What is the most expensive cable type? 13. What is the maximum segment length of Thicknet? 3. Inc. What type of connectors are used with Coaxial cable? 4.

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

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

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

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

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

Ethernet also works in the UNIX environment. 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. by joining with either a router or a bridge.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards Other Ethernet Considerations Many communication protocols are compatible with Ethernet including TCP/IP. Inc. Specialized Solutions. 125 .

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

called the active monitor. This computer. . To accomplish this task. After encoding the data frame. 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. while IBM says counter-clockwise. as well as its own address. Note: Data travels in only one direction on a Token Ring network. Inc. 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. 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. Or.5 standards say it travels clockwise. Beaconing In a Token Ring environment. Assuming that the frame acknowledges that the transmission was successful. Every seven seconds the active monitor will send out a beacon. 127 Specialized Solutions. Whether it travels clockwise or counter-clockwise is a matter of convention. if there were errors.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards Source Address This is the address of the sending computer. Message This is the data or file to be transmitted. The IEEE 802. The receiving computer copies the data into its buffer. has the responsibility of making sure that frames are being sent and received accurately. the first computer to come online is assigned to monitor network activity. it will notify the monitor that it didn’t receive an expected signal. it would indicate that the data needed to be retransmitted. If a computer doesn’t receive a beacon when expected. the old frame is removed and the computer creates a new token and releases it back out onto the ring. The beacon is passed from node to node around the ring. the Token Ring network initializes it so that it may join the ring. This signal contains the address of its upstream neighbor. Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) This is information for error detection. the active monitor performs a process known as beaconing. It then encodes the frame with information indicating that it received the data and there were no errors detected. As each new computer comes online. the sending computer releases it out onto the network where it travels around the ring until it reaches the destination address.

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

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

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

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

11) IEEE 802. Wireless technology is discussed in further detail in chapter four. 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. 132 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Wireless (802. Speeds up to 54 Mbps will be available within wireless networks (LANs to be more specific). generally). . The capacity to use wireless technology is there for large-scale deployments as well. Inc.

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

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. 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. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

which would limit its access to those outside of the company. Once you have made this decision. there are specific addresses that are filtered by the routers at the backbone of the Internet.255.32.255 255.168.255.0 144 Specialized Solutions. 10. since your organization will more than likely need access to the Internet and networks outside of their LAN.0 255. Making the Choice Making that final decision is often difficult. be sure to follow a disciplined procedure: Collect all your information.0 192. This decision will be the basis for the rest of your network design.255. let us define the difference between the terms public and private network.0 -10. get more.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide full-time job for one or more people and may even require the skills of a certified network professional. For this reason.255.16. it is highly recommended that you use these addresses for your private addressing.255. stick with it and move forward.0 -172. When you are sitting on the fence. 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). Actually. If all else fails.255. The use of these addresses will completely prevent the address conflict issue. A private network would be a corporate network or an Intranet.255 172. .0.0. you can use any address that you want to use inside of your own network and behind your firewalls. For this reason. with open access to the global community.0 .168.0. the answer will be very obvious.0. then you might have an address conflict with another entity on the Internet. A public network would be the Internet.0.0.0 255. The only problem is that if your firewall were to come down.0. present each case to the client and let them make the final decision. Inc. In some cases. Public and Private networks In addition. in others it could go either way.192. If you are not sure you have enough information.0. Prepare a case (on paper) of the pros and cons of each.

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

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Software: If this device uses software. . 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. 148 Specialized Solutions. describe each program. Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Is NetBEUI a good protocol to use with a large WAN? 6. However. You are expanding your network and will need to invest in 50 to 100 new network cards. . Was this a good purchase? 9. What is the number one reason for choosing a client/server network? 5. 7.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 6 1. Why should you refuse this offer? 8. 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. Inc. Give one reason why you should recommend that he spend a little more now and install CAT 6 cabling instead of CAT 5. What are the two most prominent reasons to choose a peer-to-peer network? 4. 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. Your company just bought ten new computers and all are guaranteed to meet the minimum requirements of Windows XP. but they are not all the same. Your accounting office found a really good deal on network cards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

048 Mbps 34. 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.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Digital Signal T1 is the most widely used type of digital line.52 Mbps Either 155.544 Mbps transmissions. Inc.736 Mbps 2. Specialized Solutions. It can be used to transmit digital voice.8 Mbps 155.368 Mbps Varies depending ISP. whereas the E1 and the E3 are the European standard. data.520 or 622.544 Mbps 44. and video signals. faster download than upload 51.080 (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. 171 . It is capable of 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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When connecting two computers in close proximity (same room or building). 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 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. A system running Windows XP or Windows 95/98 will allow only one inbound connection. Since the two computers are directly connected.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. 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. both of these terms mean the same thing. This is a specially wired cable that actually replaces the modem. Also. so this cable eliminates that part of a modem connection. Inc. By running Network Connections Wizard and following the simple 178 Specialized Solutions. Let’s first look at connecting two computers. or RAS (pronounced RAZ) connection. Dial-up networking is the client-side of the connection. 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. The trick is that you cannot use just any cable with 9-pin female connectors. On the other hand. With RAS. 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. the computer is acting as a server or gateway to a network and will receive calls via a modem from other computers. Any two computers can be connected. In addition. For example. The difference is how each computer is being utilized. 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. Both computers will have to run compatible software so that one will act as a server and the other as a client. There are many off-the-shelf software packages that will perform this type of communication. Windows XP has an feature called a direct cable connection. . You may be more familiar with the term dial-up network (DUN). RAS Connection Connecting Two Computers Establishing a remote connection can be either between two computers or between a remote computer and a network. You must use a Null-Modem cable. Actually. or directly via COM ports and a cable. either via modems and telephone lines.

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 Definition Specialized Solutions.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Keyword SLIP SMAU SONET SSL T1 VLAN X. 185 . Inc.

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

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

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

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

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:

.com .net .edu .org .gov .mil .biz .pro .info .xx

Commercial Organizations Networks (The backbone of the Internet.) Educational Institutions Non-profit Organizations Non-military Government Organizations Military Government Organizations Businesses Professional Information services Two Letter Country Code For instance, Big Company Inc. in Italy might be http://www.Bigcompany.com.it or in Australia www.Bigcompany.com.au. Also, .tv is gaining in popularity. Tuvalu is a small country, which receives financial benefit from the registration fees.

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

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.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TCP/IP Addressing IPv4 Enough talk about IP address names. This IP address is a 32-bit binary number. 202 Specialized Solutions.00001000.194.11000010 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. 4th octet: And finally the value of our 4th octet is 194. Although that is easy for a computer. Imagine how difficult it would be to have to remember a combination of 32 1s and 0s for each address. are assigned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and these IP addresses are further divided into classes. 3rd octet: The value of the 3rd octet in our example is 8. To simplify these addresses. it is not easy for us.967. 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. A 32-bit binary number can represent (232) or 4. So the dotted decimal address of our example is 33. Internet IP addresses. the administrator may assign an IP address to each computer (as long as the number is unique).39. 2nd octet: The value of the 2nd octet is 39. It is important that the networking professional have a basic understanding of these classes. however. Inc.296 (4.00100111. 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.294. Each of these octets represents a number from 0-256. An octet is a group of eight binary digits and a period or “dot” separates these octets. The result is called a dotted decimal number. If a network is internal and does not access the Internet.8. they are broken down into four octets. let’s now take a look at IP address numbers.2 billion) different numbers.

01-126 128-191 192-223 (leading bit = 0) (leading bit = 1) (leading bits =11) Specialized Solutions.194 would be an example of a Class A address.194.8 and the Host ID would be 194. There are five common classes: A through E. The two octets in the center can be either assigned to the Network ID or the Host ID. Within classes. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class A address is always 0 (00000000). Inc. An example of a Class B IP address would be 129. Class C Addresses These are the most common and are used for smaller networks.39. In this class the first three octets are used for the Network ID and only the last octet is used for the Host ID. Class D and Class E Addresses Class D cannot be used for networks (multicast) and Class E IP addresses are reserved for future use. Depending on the assignment. The first octet of a Class C address is always a number between 192-223.) The first octet in a Class A address is always a number between 1 and 126. you should pay special attention the Classes A.39 would be the Network ID and 8. Class A Class B Class C Class A Addresses If the network applying for Internet IP addresses is extremely large.194 would be the Host ID. 203 . 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).8. 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. Class B Addresses This class is assigned to medium sized networks. The example we used to define a dotted decimal address of 33. The leading bits in the binary representation of a Class C address are always 11 (11000000).8.39. the network is divided into classes. An example of a Class C IP address would be 193. (A host may be any device on the network. For the Network+ exam. The class of the IP address determines which octets identify the Network ID and which octets identify the Host ID. only the first octet is used for the Network ID and all three remaining octets identify the host (Host ID). The first two octets identify the network (Network ID) and the last two octets identify the host (Host ID).8.194.39.194 where the Network ID would be 193.8.39. The first octet (33) would identify the network (Network ID) and the rest of the octets would identify the host (Host ID) 39. In this case 129. The first octet in a Class B address is always a number between 128 and 191. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class B address is always 1 (10000000). The class can be determined by the value of the first octet. B and C.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials IP Addresses The dotted decimal number is further broken down into two components.

Class B . Note: The existing shortage of addresses has made it impossible to obtain a Class A address for a long time.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Since a Class A Network ID uses the remaining three octets to assign numbers for the Host ID. 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. and they are responsible for the assignment and regulation of IP addresses. This organization is called InterNIC (Internet Network Information Center). Class C . with the least number of Network IDs. Class B IP addresses are all in use and no longer available. As we mentioned earlier. if a network is going to be connected to the Internet. (For example.777. You can see that Class A has the largest number of hosts. .0. Class C IP addresses are still available. Class B uses two octets for the Network ID and two octets for the Host ID. All in use and no longer available.534 possible Host ID numbers.223 In addition.used for medium-sized networks. Likewise. Inc. there are only 65. 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 uses three octets for the Network ID and only one for the Host ID. Use the following table to memorize the different classes: CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C 1 .0. there are 16. This is the loopback address.1) Class A . 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. Also. 204 Specialized Solutions.191 192 .used by very large networks. so there are only 254 addresses available for hosts.126 128 .214 possible Host ID numbers. you must petition the official Internet authorities for the assignment of a network address. specifically 127. Class C has a large number of Network IDs and only a few Host IDs. B or C address.used for smaller networks that do not exceed 254 hosts.

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

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. Multicast. All in all. IPv6 allows for a multitude of IP address possibilities for the future of networking.0. 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. Finally. Site-local address.1 with IPv4. A Site-local address uses the prefix FEC0::/10 and can be regarded as private addresses. 206 Specialized Solutions. which replaces broadcast. is an address for a group of hosts within a scope and has a FF00::/8 prefix.0. since they can be used to limit traffic to a domain. just like 127. Link-Local addresses use the FE80::/10 prefix and are used by hosts on a local link. . Link-local address and IPv4-compatible address. Inc. An aggregatable global address uses a fixed prefix of 2000::/3.

By using subnets. Inc. The number of 0s determines the maximum number of available hosts within the sub-network.0 In regard to classful addressing . You can use a subnet mask that does not completely use all the bits in an octet. Since a router connects each subnet.216 hosts) Class B (65. 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. For example: 11111111. the results will be the actual network portion of that IP address (not necessarily the default network portion determined by its class).255. a router can determine which addresses are local and which addresses are for other subnets within the network. a subnet mask can be 255. Specialized Solutions. have all 1s to the left and all 0s to the right.0. a large university may have a network spread over several buildings and perhaps remote campuses.255. all the traffic within a building or campus will be kept locally except when it needs to go to another subnet.0. only the traffic that is not local will pass through. Before looking at anding.0.11111111.0. The purpose of a subnet mask is to determine the network portion of the IP address.255. 255. or 225. By using a concept called anding.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.00000000.0 Class A (16.255.0 (Class A).00000000 or 255. you can reduce the overall network traffic. Default Subnet Masks 255.255.0. which uses a certain logic to determine the network portion of the address. For example. Anding is the binary addition that the router uses to make this determination. 207 .0 255. You must however.0 255.255.0.534 hosts) Class C (254 hosts) Note: You cannot use IP addresses with all 1s or all 0s.0 (Class B).0.0 (Class C). lets look at subnet masks.255. Subnet masks with full octets (255) are the default subnet mask. If you “and” the IP address to the subnet mask. This is done with binary addition (anding).777. In this example.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Remember.194 is determined by the zeros in the subnet mask.7. Since the subnet mask only goes 3 bits into the second octet. while the Host ID 0.00100111.0. By using this method.0.11100000.194.00000000 (33.8.32.194. . a router can determine if a message is for a destination on the local network or for a machine on a remote segment.32 and the Host ID is 7.00001000.00000000. it recognizes the first 11 bits as the network portion of this address. Inc.224. for binary addition: 1+1=1 1+0=0 0+0=0 Now.00100000. Those 11 bits equal a network portion of 33.194) 11111111.0) equals 00100001.8.32.0. Therefore in our example the Network ID is 33. The following tables summarize IP addresses and subnet masks: 208 Specialized Solutions. thus reducing the traffic on the rest of the network.8.0.00000000.32.0) Noticing that all the places that have ones. using our previous example of 33. and through leaving only the digits for the network portion or 33.0.00000000 (255.11000010 (33.39.8.39. The network and host portions do not break down neatly into octets since the subnet mask does not take up a complete second octet.8. The remaining 21 bits in the IP address is the host portion This equals 7.194. 00100001. Any local addresses will not pass through. let’s and it to the subnet mask of 255. It is common in TCP/IP to omit the trailing octets in the Network ID and the leading octets in the Host ID.0.224.

c 128.a.c to 191.097.a.0 Number of Networks 126 16.152 Number of Hosts 16. it will require an address for each subnet.0 255. A unique host ID is required for each TCP/IP computer network interface card.b.216 65.384 2. • • • • Connect physically remote local networks.b.0 255.c Default Subnet Mask 255.0. each TCP/IP printer network interface and each router interface on each subnet.777.c to 126.b.255.0. A unique network ID is required for each subnet and each wide area network.255.255.a.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Default Subnet Mask and Network Classes Class A B C IP Address 001.255. There are several reasons to divide a network in this manner. If a router is connected to two subnets.0. Specialized Solutions.c 192. Determine the number of Host IDs per subnet. Connect a mix of network technologies (Ethernet and Token Ring). There are steps to follow when subnetting: Determine the number of Network IDs required. Reduce network traffic by limiting broadcast and local traffic to a single segment.255.0 Maximum Networks and Hosts per Class Class A B C Default Subnet Mask 255.0 255.0.a.0.c to 223.0.b.b. Allows an unlimited number of hosts to communicate.b.a.534 254 How to Subdivide a Network The process of subdividing a network into logical units is called subnetting or subnetworking. Inc.255.a. Be sure to include some room for growth of the network. 209 .0 255.

You should remember the formula 2n-2 where n is the number of bits borrowed.255.248 255.255.240 255. First.255.0 255.255.0 255.0 255. We do this by using bits from the next octet or octets as part of our network addresses that we assign.224 255.255. we have one network with approximately 65.128 255.255.252.382 Hosts N/A 8190 4096 2046 1022 510 254 126 62 30 14 6 2 210 Specialized Solutions.255.000 hosts. We use this formula to determine the number of subnets that will be created by borrowing bits from the hosts.0 255.224.0 255. To begin this process.255.255.248.255. With this number.255. we are increasing the number of network addresses that we can use and decreasing the number of host. We will use an InterNIC ID of 191.255.192 255.255.240.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. As we begin to subnet.255.192. .255. The following table shows the subnet mask created by borrowing bits and how it will affect our network.255.0 255.255. Inc.0 255.0. we will notice that this is a Class B network and therefore the default subnet mask will be 255.255.255.0.255.254. Class B Subnet Mask (2 to 14 bits borrowed) 255.36. you will need to start with the network ID supplied by InterNIC.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.

you can use the scientific calculator supplied with any Windows operating system.255. For this example.224 255. let’s add 4 more for future expansions.255. Change the mode to binary (Bin).Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Class C Subnet Mask (2 to 6 bits borrowed) 255. the question is how many bits of the third octet do we need to use? After examining our network requirements.255.248 255. 1. The number 18 will now be in binary (10010).36 as assigned to us by InterNIC. Specialized Solutions. We already know that the first two octets will be 10111111 00100100 from this ID. 2. giving us a total requirement of 18. 211 .240 255.255. 3.255. Inc.255.255.252 Bits 2 3 4 5 6 Subnets 0 6 14 30 62 Hosts N/A 30 14 6 2 To make this easy.192 255. Now we get out our Windows calculator. Make sure that it is in scientific view (that’s the big calculator). Make sure that the decimal mode (Dec) is selected.255.255.255. we determine that we will need 14 subnets to meet our current needs. Just to be on the safe side. Enter the value of 18. lets keep our network ID of 191.

255. Inc.000 hosts each. For this example. you can determine the available Network IDs. This will be the number of bits required for the third octet. To keep things simple.224.255. .0. let’s look at the subnets for the subnet mask of 255. Count the number of binary digits (5). our answer would have been to use 4 bits and we would have been limited to a maximum of 14 subnets.0 and the network address of 192. the subnet mask would be 255.36. Determine the Network IDs One you determine the number of subnets required and the subnet mask. Also notice that had we chosen 14 (no allowance for growth). we would have had to reconfigure the entire network. Had we needed to add a new subnet. instead of selecting the next subnet on our list. This will actually allow us up to 30 subnets with 2. The following table shows the six subnets created when using the three bits of the third octet: 212 Specialized Solutions.248.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4.

and continues up to one less than the subnet ID of the next subnet.0 and the default Class C subnet mask would be 255.160 192. 213 .001 in the last octet.36.36.128 192. they are on the same network.192 Determine the Host IDs The host ID can be assigned as any number starting with the last digit of the forth octet (00000001).32 192.0.255.96 192. indicating that the Network ID is contained in the first two or three octets respectively. (If the sending computer and the destination computer have the same subnet mask.64 192.36. the sending computer will send the message to a router for delivery. 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. up to and including the remaining digits not used with the subnet ID.36.255. This indicates that the Network ID is located in the first octet of the network address. this means that the number starts with . The only restrictions are that you cannot use . The zeros indicate the location of the Host ID.0.36. on a Class A network the default subnet mask would be 255.) Specialized Solutions.000 or .0. The sending computer checks the octets of the destination address against its own to determine if the destination computer is on the local network or a remote network.255.36. or one that is located on a remote network. A Class B network default subnet mask would be 255.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Subnets (Subnet Mask 11111111 11111111 111) Binary Network ID 11000000 00100100 11000000 00100100 001 11000000 00100100 010 11000000 00100100 011 11000000 00100100 100 11000000 00100100 101 11000000 00100100 110 Dotted-decimal ID 192. these are reserved for broadcast addresses.36 (overall network address) 192. If it is different. For example. In dotted-decimal format. Inc.0.255.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NETWORK CLASS CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C DEFAULT SUBNET MASK 255. .0 255.255.223 214 Specialized Solutions.0.0.255.0 CLASS ID 1 .0. Inc.0 255.126 128 .255.191 192 .

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

. 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. This information includes the TCP/IP address configuration. default gateway. Inc. and subnet mask configuration. It also includes the DNS configuration.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide WINS Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) is central to Microsoft’s networking topology.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 224 Specialized Solutions. Inc.

ARP ARP will allow you to find the physical address (MAC address) of a computer by using the IP address of that computer.168.1. which might be 0000-05-67-FF-33. 225 . 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. and will display the current configuration of a computer. IPCONFIG/WINIPCFG These commands are the same. NSLOOKUP -s lists well-known services of clients in the domain. For example. Ping -t performs a continuous ping and ping -n pings the IP address more than once. the IP of a host might be 192. and you would use this IP to find its MAC address or its physical address. NSLOOKUP a shows aliases of clients in the domain. PING The lowest level test to find out if you have connectivity to a remote host. Arp -a displays the current ARP entries (resolved IP to MAC addresses) on your client. NSLOOKUP -h shows CPU and operating system information for the domain. IPCONFIG is entered from a DOS prompt and WINIPCFG can be used from RUN on the START menu.12. Ping works at the IP level.Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS TCP/IP also provides several useful troubleshooting tools. NSLOOKUP -d shows all records for the domain. and will often respond even when higher-level TCP-based services cannot. The following three are the most common and are covered in more detail in the next chapter. Specialized Solutions. Arp -s is used to change the IP address of a device. You should use this command when you want to verify a user’s configuration or if there are problems reaching a remote host. Inc. NSLOOKUP This command is used to troubleshoot DNS problems and can display the DNS entry for a given IP address. IFCONFIG IFCONFIG displays the status of the network interface configuration.

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

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

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

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

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

It also has large capacities of up to 50 GB for some systems. Backup Options Before we discuss the different RAID fault tolerance strategies. Another more common form of backup is to a tape drive. those who fail to plan. offer server equipment with multiple hard drives that mirror each other. As a computer professional. This backup medium is suitable for small companies. how the backup information will be tested. where you will keep the backup information (on-site or off-site). for performing and storing data backups: Removable Disks There are two categories of removable disks: Small-Capacity and Large-Capacity. 233 .44 MB for the standard floppy disk to up to 250 MB capacities for ZIP disks. and the procedure to follow for recovery. Most file server manufacturers recognize the need for data redundancy and thus.Chapter 10 – Network Security It may make more sense to have two medium-sized servers. Ideally. While planning your backup strategy. 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. Large-capacity disks include such options as the removable optical disk. Although slower than RAID. rather than one larger server. The tape backup method is inexpensive and simple to implement. If anything happens to one. let’s discuss the various backup methods that are available. These multiple disks are called disk arrays. your plan will need to include information about who will be in charge of performing the backups. Remember. Nothing will save you time and stress like an effective and thorough backup strategy in case the worst happens and your system crashes. you know how important a backup plan is to the safety of your network’s data. so if one goes down the other can maintain network operations. plan to fail. the second server should serve as a backup to the first. and are more commonly known as RAID. called the backup medium. There are several options available. range from 1. Specialized Solutions. As you might guess. the small-capacity category includes the floppy disk. it is still a viable option. and how often backups will be performed. the other can take over without compromising network operations. Floppy disk capacities today. Inc. you must answer important questions about what to backup. In addition. which uses laser technology to read and write information onto a removable disk that has capacities of 128 MB to 650 MBs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The loopback address is 127. On a Macintosh system. On a Windows 95/98 computer. PING. It also lets you know the time that it takes. you can use the WINIPCFG command from the RUN dialog box in the START menu. and TRACERT commands to test the network. you can confirm your hardware and protocols by using the IPCONFIG. Remember this address.0. This command will give the same results as IPCONFIG from DOS. TRACERT allows you to trace the “hops’ (routers encountered) that a packet takes to its destination. open the TCP/IP Control Panel to use these utilities. 257 . Specialized Solutions. you will use it often.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. If you are using TCP/IP. This will test the protocol stack in the computer. Inc. PING the Loopback Address The next step is to use IPCONFIG to get details about your workstation. This comes in handy if you need to see where exactly on your intranet or on the Internet your packet is going.1.0. The first step is to PING the loopback address. but looks better and includes the MAC address of the network adapter card. These commands work from a command prompt.

If you are using Windows. WINIPCFG. XP. your dialog box will look like the following. 258 Specialized Solutions.55.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Notice that the IP address of this computer is 195.48. This command is only for Windows 9x and ME and will not work on a Windows NT.6. Inc. 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. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ArcNet networks. Military specification of RG-58 A/U. such as cable television.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Cable RG-58 /U RG-58 A/U RG-58 C/U RG-59 RG-6 Solid copper core. RG-62 Ethernet Cabling Cable Type Topology Max. . Description Stranded wire core. Broadband transmission. Inc. 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. but also used for broadband transmissions. Length (meters) Speed Mbps Nodes Per Segment Max Segments Max. Larger in diameter and rated for higher frequencies than RG-59.

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

2 802. .9 802.12 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.5 802.x Standard 802.7 802.8 802.10 802.4 802.11 802. 802. They also divide the Data Link Layer into two sub-layers: Logical Link Control and Media Access Controls.1 802. Inc.x Standards The IEEE 802 standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI Model.6 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802.3 802.

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. there are some that are always the same and some that can be changed. however.Appendix A – Tech Summary IRQ Assignments IRQ assignments can vary from computer to computer. COM4 COM1. 271 . No Usually No Yes Yes Yes If no math coprocessor No Usually Specialized Solutions. 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. Inc.

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide In addition to IRQs you may have to set the Base I/O address. Inc.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. . 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 .

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0 255.255. x.x.0 255.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. Subnet masks are assigned according to the following three classes: Class A B C IP Address 001.x. Repeaters Computers Devices Subnet Masking Subnet masks are used to divide an IP address into its network address and host address.0.255.777.152 Number of Host 16.x.x 128.x.x.x.x.097. .534 254 274 Specialized Solutions.x to 191.x.x to 223.0.x.214 65.384 2. x.255.x 192.x. Hubs.x Default Subnet Mask 255.x to 126.0 Number of Networks 126 16. Inc.0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A local area network (LAN) recognized as the industry standard. A group of bits containing address information.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. Optical fibers carry digital signals in the form of modulated pulses of light. A way to run AppleTalk on coaxial cable using an EtherTalk NB NIC. A set of programs running on a network’s gateway server that monitors incoming and outgoing traffic and allows only authorized packets to be transmitted or received. error detection. File Allocation Table A server on a network that is configured to provide both incoming and outgoing fax services to the entire network. An improved version of X. with a very large amount of storage space for shared files. A Windows NT utility that will allow you to log any events and errors. Specialized Solutions. A network’s central computer. Dial-up Networking Extended Industry Standard Architecture is a PC bus that converts the PC bus from 16-bits to 32-bits. 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. Inc. File Transfer Protocol Data can travel in both directions at once. sent over a communications channel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additionally named traceroute in UNIX environments. is layered on top of IP. 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. Connectors that utilize sharp teeth to pierce the cable jacket to make the connection.” A receiver set to the frequency of the generator. defined in STD 6. Used on transceivers. it will emit a tone. When the receiver is placed in close proximity to the wire that has the signal applied. thus locating the wires. this applies a signal on the wires. like TCP. Virtual LAN Wide Area Network A command used to display the current configuration of a Windows computer. The “fox. and for the errorfree delivery of the transmitted data.” 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. User Datagram Protocol. The “hound. A device that transmits and receives data. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Tone Generator Connected to the wires at the known location (the room with the outlet). Twisted network cables that do not have any shielding. which. The part of a data packet that contains the error corrections information. RFC 768 is a connectionless protocol. Tool for stripping and cutting wire Tone Locator TRACERT Trailer Transceiver Transport Layer UDP UNIX Unshielded Twisted Pair Vampire Tap VLAN WAN WINIPCFG Wire Crimper 300 Specialized Solutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. The 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. If a computer doesn’t receive an expected signal from its upstream neighbor it will notify the monitor that a problem may exist. This signal is called beaconing and it travels from computer to computer.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 14. 20. Inc. 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. while IBM says that it travels counter-clockwise. Which IEEE Specification defines Ethernet? The IEEE 802. It can be either depending upon how it is set up. Describe a MIC connector. IEEE 802. 314 Specialized Solutions. Which way does data travel in a Token Ring network? Which way data travels in a Token Ring network is a matter of convention. 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. 19. They are also called hermaphrodite connectors.3 standard 15. Which IEEE Specification defines Token Ring? The IEEE 802. MIC (Media Interface Connectors) are connectors that have neither male nor female ends. A SMAU may have the capability to shut down a connection that is producing errors thereby allowing the rest of the network to function.5 standard 16. 21. It is more commonly set up to travel 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. however. Any connector can be connected to another MIC connector. 18. What are the two transmission speeds of Token Ring? 4 Mbps and 16 Mbps 17. Describe beaconing as it applies to Token Ring architecture. data collisions are avoided. What is a SMAU? SMAU stands for Smart Multistation Access Unit. How are data collisions avoided in the Token Ring architecture? A computer must posses the token in order to transmit data.5 says it travels clockwise. Since no other computer can transmit while one computer has the token.

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

However. Also. 2. 9. Inc. but they are not all the same. You are expanding your network and will need to invest in 50 to 100 new network cards. An active hub requires some input power. Your accounting office found a really good deal on network cards. Your company just bought ten new computers and all are guaranteed to meet the minimum requirements of Windows XP.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 6. 8. What is the difference between a hub and a MAU? Hubs are used with Ethernet networks and MAUs are used with Token Ring networks. having to maintain a variety of network cards will increase the workload of your IS department – it is better to standardize network cards in a large network. 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.com/windows/catalog. but not enough to run it efficiently. he intends to expand the network in the future. 316 Specialized Solutions. you cannot be sure that they will meet the specifications of your network. Passive hubs are used only to make connections. . 7. What is the difference between an active hub and a passive hub? Active hubs are used to connect nodes and boost the signal strengths. How do you know if a new piece of hardware will work with Windows XP? Check the Windows Catalog on the web at www. Why should you refuse this offer? First. Review Questions Chapter 7 1.microsoft. Your client is installing a small Ethernet network and trying to save money at the same time. 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.

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

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

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. Specialized Solutions. U U U U 12. 2. Inc. 319 . each device will need to be _________ compliant. NBTSTAT. ROUTE. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) 3. You are the manager of a large network and have been getting complaints about the system being slow. 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. 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. NETSTAT and TRACERT. TCP/IP provides several tools that you can use to validate the statistics of your network. Event Viewer. List as many as you can.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 11. In order for your new network management software to monitor the activities of the entire network.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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