Network+ 2005 Training & Test Preparation Guide

Network+

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The results of this survey were used in weighing the domains and ensuring that the weighting is representative of the relative importance of the content.” “This examination includes blueprint weighting. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide CompTIA Test Objectives for Network+ CompTIA is an acronym for Computing Technology Industry Association “The skills and knowledge measured by this examination are derived from industry-wide job task analysis and validated through an industry wide survey. .0 Media & Topologies 2.0 Protocols & Standards 3.0 Network Support Total % OF EXAMINATION 20% 20% 25% 35% 100% 2 Specialized Solutions. test objectives and example content. Example concepts are included to clarify the test objectives and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of the content of the examination.” The objectives are weighted in the following manner: NETWORK+ CERTIFICATION DOMAIN AREAS 1.0 Network Implementation 4.

features and functions of the following network components: • Hubs • Switches • Bridges • Routers • Gateways • CSU / DSU (Channel Service Unit / Data Service Unit) Specialized Solutions. and 6 • UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) • STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) • Coaxial cable • SMF (Single Mode Fiber) optic cable • MMF (Multimode Fiber) optic cable 1. 5. and FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) networking technologies. 1000BASE-SX and 1000BASE-LX • 10 GBASE-SR. including: • Speed • Access method (CSMA / CA (Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Avoidance) and CSMA / CD (Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection)) • Topology • Media 1.5 Recognize the following media types and describe their uses: • Category 3. length. 802. 802.Introduction The following is a further breakdown of the specific areas covered on the Network+ exam: Domain 1. topology. and cable type) of the following cable standards: • 10BASE-T and 10BASE-FL • 100BASE-TX and 100BASE-FX • 1000BASE-T.4 Recognize the following media connectors and describe their uses: • RJ-11 (Registered Jack) • RJ-45 (Registered Jack) • F-Type • ST (Straight Tip) • SC (Subscriber Connector or Standard Connector) • IEEE 1394 (FireWire) • Fiber LC (Local Connector) • MT-RJ (Mechanical Transfer Registered Jack) • USB (Universal Serial Bus) 1. 1000BASE-CX.0 .1 Recognize the following logical or physical network topologies given a diagram.5 (token ring). 802. 3 . schematic or description: • Star • Bus • Mesh • Ring 1. Inc.3 Specify the characteristics (For example: speed.2 Specify the main features of 802.2 (Logical Link Control).Media and Topologies – 20% 1.6 Identify the purposes. 10 GBASE-LR and 10 GBASE-ER 1. 5e.11 (wireless).3 (Ethernet).

11x (Direct sequence spread spectrum) • Infrared • Bluetooth 1. B and C). 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. . 2.4 Differentiate between the following network protocols in terms of routing.1 Identify a MAC (Media Access Control) address and its parts.2 Identify the seven layers of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) model and their functions.9 Identify and differentiate between the following IP (Internet Protocol) addressing methods: • Static • Dynamic • Self-assigned (APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing)) 2. IPv6) and the required setting for connections across the Internet.7 Specify the general characteristics (For example: carrier speed.8 Identify factors which affect the range and speed of wireless service (For example: interference.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. 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.6 Identify classful IP (Internet Protocol) ranges and their subnet masks (For example: Class A.11 (Frequency hopping spread spectrum) • 802.8 Identify the differences between private and public network addressing schemes. addressing schemes.10 Define the purpose. 2. Inc. frequency.0 – Protocols and Standards – 20% 2.5 Identify the components and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses (IPv4. transmission type and topology) of the following wireless technologies: • 802. 2.7 Identify the purpose of subnetting. 2. antenna type and environmental factors).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. 2. 2. Domain 2.

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

8 Identify the main characteristics of VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks). 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. benefits and characteristics of using a firewall. 3. Includes connection to the following servers: • UNIX / Linux / MAC OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 3.3 Identify the appropriate tool for a given wiring task (For example: wire crimper. configure the connection. media tester / certifier. determine the impact on network functionality of a particular security implementation (For example: port blocking / filtering. authentication.1 Identify the basic capabilities (For example: client support. PAP (Password Authentication Protocol). 3. an authentication scheme.1x 2. and physical connectivity.4 Given a remote connectivity scenario comprised of a protocol. MS-CHAP (Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). Inc. file and print services.7 Given a connectivity scenario. Domain 3.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 2. 3. punch down tool or tone generator).0 Network Implementation – 25% 3.17 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) • 802.16 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. RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service). interoperability. 3.6 Identify the purpose. authentication and encryption). Kerberos and EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)). .9 Identify the main characteristics and purpose of extranets and intranets. benefits and characteristics of using a proxy service. 3. 3. 6 Specialized Solutions.2 Identify the basic capabilities needed for client workstations to connect to and use network resources (For example: media. network protocols and peer and server services).5 Identify the purpose.18 Identify authentication protocols (For example: CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol).

4.11 Identify the purpose and characteristics of fault tolerance: • Power • Link redundancy • Storage • Services 3. physical connectivity and SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) router). 3. 4.7 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a network with a particular physical topology (For example: bus.Introduction 3.12 Identify the purpose and characteristics of disaster recovery: • Backup / restore • Offsite storage • Hot and cold spares • Hot. network hardware or environment). select the appropriate network utility from the following: • Tracert / traceroute • ping • arp • netstat • nbtstat • ipconfig / ifconfig • winipcfg • nslookup / dig 4. star. identify the utility and interpret the output.2 Given output from a network diagnostic utility (For example: those utilities listed in objective 4.8 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving an infrastructure (For example: wired or wireless) problem. identify the cause of the problem (For example: file services. DNS (Domain Name Service) and WINS (Windows Internet Name Service)) for network resources and users. Inc. Specialized Solutions. mesh or ring) and including a network diagram. 4.6 Given a scenario.0 Network Support – 35% 4. interference. identify the cause of a stated problem (For example: bad media. identify the network area affected and the cause of the stated failure.5 Given a troubleshooting scenario between a client and the following server environments. 4. warm and cold sites Domain 4. interpret visual indicators (For example: link LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) and collision LEDs (Light Emitting Diode)) to determine the nature of a stated problem.4 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a client accessing remote network services. adding or removing network services (For example: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). protocol configuration.3 Given a network scenario. print services. authentication failure. determine the impact of modifying.10 Identify the purpose.1 Given a troubleshooting scenario. 4.1). 7 . identify the cause of a stated problem: • UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 4. benefits and characteristics of using antivirus software.

9 Given a network problem scenario.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4. Identify the symptoms and potential causes 2. This strategy can include the following steps: 1. Select the most probable cause 5. . Implement an action plan and solution including potential effects 6. Establish what has changed 4. Identify the affected area 3. Test the result 7. select an appropriate course of action based on a logical troubleshooting strategy. Identify the results and effects of the solution 8. Document the solution and process 8 Specialized Solutions. Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

.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.

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

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

or if its hundreds of computers spread throughout a high-rise office building. 18 Specialized Solutions. A LAN is the basic (and smallest) starting point of any computer network. When LANs are connected they create a WAN. The Internet is the world’s largest WAN.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN) There are two basic structures of network types: • • LAN (Local Area Networks) WAN (Wide Area Networks) LAN WAN A network is classified into one of these groups based upon its size and function. the speed of communication between the computers is typically much faster in a LAN. 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. . it is still considered a LAN. Inc. A WAN can connect networks from building to building or across the world. Also.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Specialized Solutions. They have many advantages over other types of networks: 1) If a cable breaks only the portion of the network on that segment is affected. 29 . 3) A variety of cable types can be accommodated. 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. 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. An active hub regenerates or amplifies a signal when it is passed through. 4) Expanding the network can be easily accomplished by using hubs. Inc.

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. A LAN is the smallest form and is the basic building block for larger networks. 30 Specialized Solutions. The two types of networks are LANs and WANs. The three main types of topology are bus. and the Internet is the world’s largest WAN. It is important to know the differences between these two classifications and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We also learned about the two basic network classifications of networks: the peer-to-peer network and the server-based network. Be sure to complete the following exercises and review questions. star. and ring. 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. go back and review the chapter again. If you are having trouble with any of these concepts. Inc. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

However. the purpose of a network operating system is to connect all devices on a network (computers and peripherals) and to coordinate their usability. This can also provide accessibility and security for all devices on a network.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. In a Serverbased network. Some network operating systems require that different versions are installed depending on whether a computer is the server (provides resources remotely over a network) or a client (uses resources locally). 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. Specialized Solutions. Inc. the computers act as both a client and a server. 39 . Inc.

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

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

time. Directory and file attributes are used to set the types of access for a file or directory such as viewed.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NOS Packages There are a multitude of network operating systems available for use. which is a DOS-based utility. copied. It is a hierarchically organized database that provides security.EXE. NetWare Directory Services (NDS) NDS (NetWare Directory Services) is the core of the NetWare operating system. and volumes is also handled with NDS. servers. password.11 operate on 386. NetWare is administered through NetADMIN. but there will always be data in any network to which access must be restricted. In this section. NetWare provides more than adequate network security by using a combination of approaches. which is like the Internet but within a network or company. a user may logon from anywhere on the network and gain access with all of their assigned rights and privileges intact. First. 486. login security provides authentication and verification of user name.11 is called IntranetWare. non-shareable. we will take a closer look a some of the more popular ones. With NDS’ single point logon. The earliest version (2.5 is now on the market. web-publishing. Version 4. In the past. or changed. NetWare is based upon the industry standard X500 directory architecture. It is a reliable operating system that provides performance and security. shared. See Chapter 10 for more information on network security. Novell NetWare The NetWare operating system has been around for a long time. It may be installed in either the client or server format.12 and 4. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.2) was designed to operate on 286 machines. or through NWADMIN. NetWare Security The purpose of a network may be to share resources. Version 6. . but it is losing market share to Microsoft servers every year. groups. management. 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. deleted. messaging. it was the most popular server operating system. as well as what kind of access they have. Trustee rights regulate which directories and files a user can access. and file and print services. It is Novell’s push to gain market share and is a way of creating an Intranet. or Pentium machines. Organization of network resources such as users. • NetWare’s popularity is due largely to its ability to provide services across multioperating system environments. Inc. Versions 3. 42 Specialized Solutions. routing. and account restrictions. which is a Windows-based utility. name service.

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

11 or OS/2 Warp and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 Macintosh 6.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Version 2. Inc.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 4.0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS OS/2 1.0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for Macintosh OS Specialized Solutions. .1 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS MS Windows 3.5 MB 20 MB Client Software The client software may be installed on any computer running any of the following: • • • • • 44 DOS 3.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 5: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Pentium Class or higher 64 MB 550 MB 386 or higher 16 MB 105 MB 386 or higher 6 MB 30 MB 286 or higher 2.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 3.1 or later (Standard or Extended Edition) and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 OS/2 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

68 Specialized Solutions. Inc.8 802. 100BaseVG AnyLAN If you would like more information on these standards.2 802.10 802. This project is known as the 802 project (named for the year and month the project started. Inc.7 802. The following table lists the 802 standards by category: (The ones you need to know are the ones in bold!) Number 802. a little surfing might be in order. February 1980).6 802. .11 802.standards.9 802.1 802. visit IEEE’s web-site at http://www.5 802.ieee.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802 Standards In 1980 the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. and if you would like more information on them. but the two sets of standards were designed to be compatible.3 802. These standards were prepared before the OSI standards.4 802.org There are also many other web sites that discuss these standards. (IEEE) formed a committee to create standards for LANs.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.

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

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

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. As a networking professional.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. 72 Specialized Solutions. Inc. you should be familiar with these protocol stacks and you should know the OSI layer in which their components function.25 XNS Protocols The following is a list of NON-ROUTABLE protocols: • • • DLC LAT NetBEUI Non-routable protocols cannot be used in routed environments (such as the Internet).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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but its primary function is maintaining the network link by identifying a line protocol. some are wide gauge. In this section. It is probably the most popular network architecture used today. Standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI model. The standards define the means of communications.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. is one of two sublayers of the Data-Link layer and is concerned with managing traffic over the physical medium. There are a number of Ethernet IEEE standards. we are going to look at different standards for networks. like NetBIOS (Windows) or NetWare (Novell). Inc. There are rules or protocols that govern how the cars are loaded and the origination and destination points. but all railroads that are built to the same standards can exchange cars (data). some are diesel. in a railroad. Protocols that are used with the OSI model define the rules of communication. The original version was a 2. it is the rails and switches that govern the actual movement of the trains (data). The LLC has the ability to track acknowledgements. However.2) The Logical Link Control layer. The following are the four that transmit at 10 Mbps: • • • • 10BaseT 10Base2 10Base5 10BaseFL 122 Specialized Solutions. These provide the standards for the railroads. For example. . and some are narrow gauge). Ethernet (802. or Twisted Pair cable (10BaseT and 100BaseT). as addressed previously. and typically transmits at 10 Mbps. Logical Link Control (802. Ethernet is defined in the IEEE 802.3 standard and is a method for computers and data systems to connect over shared cabling. Not all railroads are the same (some are electric. Ethernet uses a bus or star topology (10BaseT and 100BaseT use the star topology and 10Base2 and 10Base5 use a bus topology). It can be installed with Thinnet coaxial (10Base2). data (in this case passengers and freight) is moved in various cars.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Standards Network standards can best be described as the physical and functional characteristic of a network. Thicknet coaxial (10Base5).94 Mbps network system that would connect over 100 computers on a one-kilometer cable. It is a baseband system and utilizes the CSMA/CD access method.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 is the latest generation of enterprise-class wireless LAN technology.11) IEEE 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Wireless (802. generally). The capacity to use wireless technology is there for large-scale deployments as well. 132 Specialized Solutions. Inc. 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. . Speeds up to 54 Mbps will be available within wireless networks (LANs to be more specific).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If all else fails. The use of these addresses will completely prevent the address conflict issue. When you are sitting on the fence. with open access to the global community.255 172. Public and Private networks In addition. it is highly recommended that you use these addresses for your private addressing.0. 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). A private network would be a corporate network or an Intranet.0 144 Specialized Solutions. there are specific addresses that are filtered by the routers at the backbone of the Internet. let us define the difference between the terms public and private network. which would limit its access to those outside of the company.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide full-time job for one or more people and may even require the skills of a certified network professional. . In some cases.255. you can use any address that you want to use inside of your own network and behind your firewalls.0.0.0 255. For this reason.0.255.255. be sure to follow a disciplined procedure: Collect all your information.0 192. since your organization will more than likely need access to the Internet and networks outside of their LAN.192. the answer will be very obvious.255.168. Prepare a case (on paper) of the pros and cons of each. Inc. If you are not sure you have enough information.0.0.255 255. For this reason. This decision will be the basis for the rest of your network design.0 . 10.255. get more. present each case to the client and let them make the final decision. Actually. A public network would be the Internet.0 -10.16.0 -172.168.255.0. in others it could go either way. stick with it and move forward. The only problem is that if your firewall were to come down. Making the Choice Making that final decision is often difficult.0. then you might have an address conflict with another entity on the Internet. Once you have made this decision.32.0 255.

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Remember. On the other hand. . if you are creating a new network and have no inventory to work with. whether hardware or software. Inc. Feel free to use this as a starting place for developing your own customized form. When taking this inventory. ask him or her to show you. You may also want to take an inventory as part of your initial evaluation.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. if all or part of a network already exists. 146 Specialized Solutions. The documenting of existing equipment includes two components: hardware and software. That person is you! Be sure to take a small toolkit and a flashlight with you. you can skip this section. The best approach is to make an inventory sheet for each piece of equipment. Some of the information you need may be inside the machine and you will have to remove a case or two. This form should identify the equipment and its specifications. The following is an example of an inventory sheet. you must add new hardware. Also. use this sheet to define your proposed new equipment. Use it as a starting place to build your own. this is a detailed inventory that requires someone that is knowledgeable in computers and networks. you will need to make a detailed inventory of the materials you already have.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. It is an entrance to another network that controls traffic on your network. 167 . Think of a gateway as a computer that acts as a translator between two networks that don’t speak the same language. but it can switch packets across multiple networks. For example. Routers work at the Network layer of the OSI model. the NetBEUI protocol is not routable. Inc. Not all network protocols will work with a router. Specialized Solutions. Router Gateway Gateways make it possible to connect different network architectures.

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

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

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

368 Mbps Varies depending ISP.8 Mbps 155.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Digital Signal T1 is the most widely used type of digital line.52 Mbps Either 155.520 or 622.080 (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. data. It can be used to transmit digital voice.736 Mbps 2.544 Mbps transmissions. 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. whereas the E1 and the E3 are the European standard. 171 .048 Mbps 34. faster download than upload 51. Specialized Solutions. and video signals.544 Mbps 44. It is capable of 1. Inc.

172 Specialized Solutions. Circuit-switched Network Packet Switching Networks Packet switching is a means of providing fast. X. a packet may be sent over multiple permanent virtual circuits (PVCs). With Frame Relay. all of which are considered reliable. 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. however. Inc. For this reason. since the infrastructure of the phone line we use today was created long before the advent of the personal computer and the Internet. 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. Standard PSTN lines have a very limited bandwidth of less than 56 Kbps.25 based packet switched networks. this particular type of network is not suited for most companies’ business needs. convenient. This made for a very reliable and very slow connection. Obviously. POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) or the telephone lines are the most common example of this type of network. and reliable network messaging. These lines can.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. . Today’s networks use a different technology referred to as Frame Relay. In older. so it can be both reliable and fast.

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

in actuality. Because it is fiber optic-based. Inc. ISDN BRI (Basic Rate Interface). While not a good choice for WANs. . video.Fiber Distributed Data Interface is the basis of fiber optic communication. has two 64 Kbps 174 Specialized Solutions. It is. It will support 500 computers and run at 100 Mbps. ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network was one of the early digital services.Asynchronous transfer mode uses fixed length (53 byte) cells instead of packets. twisted pair. One of these may just provide you with the necessary bandwidth and speed that you need. ATM can be used with FAX. audio. media limited. it will provide a secure network that is immune to interference. It was designed specifically for Token Ring networks and has a maximum ring length of 100 Kilometers (62 miles). and focuses on the home and business market. however. These cells can speed communication because the network always know exactly what to expect in regard the size of the next cell. However. ATM . it is a good choice for LANs that require large bandwidth and high speeds. As well as the common voice and data. These systems are designed to operate at a throughput rate of 1.2 Gbps. which is intended for use in the home or small business. FDDI . or fiber optic. ATM is not media dependent and will operate on coaxial.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide VLAN Advanced WAN Environments If the existing services available do not meet the needs of your WAN. they currently operate at as high as 622 Mbps with most commercial boards operating at 155 Mbps. This means that the choice of media will limit the maximum speed of the network. you might consider some of the advanced WAN technologies. ATM is relatively new and will require special hardware and bandwidth to reach its full potential. and imaging. while using copper telephone wires.

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. The data-rate can vary anywhere from STM-1 (155 Mbps) up to STM-64 (10 Gbps). SDH SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) is a standard technology for synchronous data transmission on optical media. much like E1 is to T1. within one transmission frame.84 Mbps (OC-1) all the way up to 40 Gbps (OC-768). It is capable of transmitting voice. data and video at rates ranging from 51.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network B-channels for data or voice (128 Kbps). it is the European equivalent of SONET. it is considered the equivalent of Synchronous Optical Network. SMDS SMDS . a call. This service is provided by some local companies and works well for MAN installations (compatible with IEEE 802.6). It uses Synchronous Transport Modules (STM). has twentythree 64 Kbps B-channels for data or voice (1. ISDN PRI (Primary Rate Interface). which is intended for use by large businesses.Switched Multimegabit Data Service offers high bandwidth at speeds of up to 34 Mbps. and one 16 Kbps D-channel for control. Inc. 175 .544 Mbps). It carries all the bits from say. Specialized Solutions. Internationally. To be more precise. like OCx with SONET. and one 64 Kbps D-channel for control. It includes a set of signal rate multiples for transmitting digital signals on optical fiber (OCx).

400 bps. To overcome this and increase the speeds of data transmission via modems. 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. connecting a few computers to form a local area network requires cabling and network cards. requires some additional hardware that will overcome the limitations of the cables. These speeds are measured as bits per second.400 High-speed version of the V. due to the physical characteristics of copper wire and the effects of transmitting signals over long distances. However. Modems are classified by a “V” rating. Today. The Baud rate equals the frequency in cycles per second that can be transmitted via telephone lines. This limit cannot be exceeded without encountering signal distortion. the Baud rate was equal to the bps. The name is derived from the words MOdulate and DEModulate. To increase our network beyond a few computers. Convert the parallel digital data into serial digital data. As we have already learned.32 standard. network cards. etc. 8. Originally modem speeds were measured in terms of Baud. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. a given Baud rate could transmit data at 2. modems have reached a new technology limit of 56. The problem with these devices is that they all have limitations that prevent long distance communication. there is a limit of 2400 Baud.22bis V. and media. designers learned how to place several signals within one cycle. FAX modems will send and receive data at speeds up to 14. With early modems. or over long distances. Therefore.32bis bps 2400 9600 Notes An old standard. A modem is a device that makes it possible to communicate long distances over standard telephone lines or cable. the term Baud has disappeared and been replaced with bps.600 bps. . Modems transmit data at various speeds.600 bps. Inc. 4. 176 Specialized Solutions. Modems are available in both internal (standard expansion card) and external (connected to a serial port and has its own power supply) versions. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. times as fast as the Baud rate.32 V. 14.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Modems Expanding a network requires an understanding of the additional devices necessary to make the connections. With this change. The following is a list of common “V” ratings: Standard V. Speeds will range from very slow speeds of 300 bps to 56.

Inc.800 Improved V. modems. Will only communicate with another V. Backwards compatible with earlier V.32terbo.200 Not officially a standard yet.42 V. modems – error correction standard.600 56K modem standard – resolved competition for standard between US Robotic X2 and Rockwell K56 Flex standards.600 Backwards compatible with earlier V.FastClass. Specialized Solutions.32terbo V.90 19. 177 . 28. 57.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network V. 56.34 V.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2 billion) different numbers. let’s now take a look at IP address numbers.00100111. however. 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. Inc.194. This IP address is a 32-bit binary number. 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. The result is called a dotted decimal number. 3rd octet: The value of the 3rd octet in our example is 8. 2nd octet: The value of the 2nd octet is 39. To simplify these addresses. 4th octet: And finally the value of our 4th octet is 194. An octet is a group of eight binary digits and a period or “dot” separates these octets. . 202 Specialized Solutions. Although that is easy for a computer.294.00001000. Internet IP addresses. It is important that the networking professional have a basic understanding of these classes. A 32-bit binary number can represent (232) or 4.39.11000010 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. Each of these octets represents a number from 0-256. A basic knowledge of the binary numbering system is required to understand network addressing: The 32-bit binary number: 00100001001001110000100011000010 Broken down into four octets: 00100001. So the dotted decimal address of our example is 33.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TCP/IP Addressing IPv4 Enough talk about IP address names. they are broken down into four octets. If a network is internal and does not access the Internet. the administrator may assign an IP address to each computer (as long as the number is unique).967. it is not easy for us.296 (4.8.

the network is divided into classes. Class B Addresses This class is assigned to medium sized networks. Inc. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class B address is always 1 (10000000). The class of the IP address determines which octets identify the Network ID and which octets identify the Host ID.8. you should pay special attention the Classes A. Class C Addresses These are the most common and are used for smaller networks.194. the first 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. For the Network+ exam. The example we used to define a dotted decimal address of 33. In this class the first three octets are used for the Network ID and only the last octet is used for the Host ID.194 would be an example of a Class A address. Class A Class B Class C Class A Addresses If the network applying for Internet IP addresses is extremely large.39. only the first octet is used for the Network ID and all three remaining octets identify the host (Host ID).8 and the Host ID would be 194. Depending on the assignment. There are five common classes: A through E.39 would be the Network ID and 8. The leading bits in the binary representation of a Class C address are always 11 (11000000).) The first octet in a Class A address is always a number between 1 and 126. The first octet of a Class C address is always a number between 192-223.194 where the Network ID would be 193. The first two octets identify the network (Network ID) and the last two octets identify the host (Host ID). 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 (33) would identify the network (Network ID) and the rest of the octets would identify the host (Host ID) 39. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class A address is always 0 (00000000). In this case 129.194 would be the Host ID. The two octets in the center can be either assigned to the Network ID or the Host ID.39. An example of a Class C IP address would be 193.8. (A host may be any device on the network. Within classes. The class can be determined by the value of the first octet. The first octet in a Class B address is always a number between 128 and 191.39.194. An example of a Class B IP address would be 129.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials IP Addresses The dotted decimal number is further broken down into two components.8. B and C. Class D and Class E Addresses Class D cannot be used for networks (multicast) and Class E IP addresses are reserved for future use.39. 01-126 128-191 192-223 (leading bit = 0) (leading bit = 1) (leading bits =11) Specialized Solutions. 203 .

0. All in use and no longer available. Class B uses two octets for the Network ID and two octets for the Host ID.used for smaller networks that do not exceed 254 hosts.126 128 . .777.191 192 .used by very large networks. if a network is going to be connected to the Internet. Class C . the Network ID of 127 designates the local node and allows that node to send a test packet to itself without generating network traffic. 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.0. Likewise. You can see that Class A has the largest number of hosts.534 possible Host ID numbers. there are 16.214 possible Host ID numbers. 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. Note: The existing shortage of addresses has made it impossible to obtain a Class A address for a long time. Use the following table to memorize the different classes: CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C 1 . and they are responsible for the assignment and regulation of IP addresses. you must petition the official Internet authorities for the assignment of a network address. Class B . As we mentioned earlier. specifically 127. with the least number of Network IDs. B or C address. so there are only 254 addresses available for hosts.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Since a Class A Network ID uses the remaining three octets to assign numbers for the Host ID. Inc. Class B IP addresses are all in use and no longer available.used for medium-sized networks.1) Class A . 204 Specialized Solutions. Class C uses three octets for the Network ID and only one for the Host ID.223 In addition. This is the loopback address. there are only 65. Class C has a large number of Network IDs and only a few Host IDs. Class C IP addresses are still available. Also. (For example. This organization is called InterNIC (Internet Network Information Center).

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

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

Since a router connects each subnet.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Subnetting Subnetting is the process of creating more than one private network from one public network address by customizing your subnet mask.0 Class A (16. This is done with binary addition (anding). By using subnets. Specialized Solutions.0 In regard to classful addressing . a router can determine which addresses are local and which addresses are for other subnets within the network.0 (Class C). The number of 0s determines the maximum number of available hosts within the sub-network.777. A subnet mask is an IP address (dotted-decimal number) in which all ones represent the network portion of the IP address and all zeros represent the host portion of the IP address.0 255.255. You must however.00000000. Anding is the binary addition that the router uses to make this determination.255.11111111. 255.216 hosts) Class B (65. which uses a certain logic to determine the network portion of the address. You can use a subnet mask that does not completely use all the bits in an octet. only the traffic that is not local will pass through.255. the results will be the actual network portion of that IP address (not necessarily the default network portion determined by its class).534 hosts) Class C (254 hosts) Note: You cannot use IP addresses with all 1s or all 0s.0. lets look at subnet masks. Before looking at anding.0 (Class B). a subnet mask can be 255. separating it from the host portion of the address.0.255. or 225. have all 1s to the left and all 0s to the right. all the traffic within a building or campus will be kept locally except when it needs to go to another subnet.255. Inc. a large university may have a network spread over several buildings and perhaps remote campuses. Default Subnet Masks 255.0 (Class A). If you “and” the IP address to the subnet mask. For example. By using a concept called anding.0.0. Subnet masks with full octets (255) are the default subnet mask.255. The purpose of a subnet mask is to determine the network portion of the IP address.00000000 or 255.0.0.0.0 255. For example: 11111111. you can reduce the overall network traffic. In this example.255. 207 .

32 and the Host ID is 7.00000000 (33.7. Inc.39. Those 11 bits equal a network portion of 33. The network and host portions do not break down neatly into octets since the subnet mask does not take up a complete second octet. The following tables summarize IP addresses and subnet masks: 208 Specialized Solutions.11000010 (33.00000000 (255.194.8. it recognizes the first 11 bits as the network portion of this address.0. It is common in TCP/IP to omit the trailing octets in the Network ID and the leading octets in the Host ID. a router can determine if a message is for a destination on the local network or for a machine on a remote segment.32. thus reducing the traffic on the rest of the network.8. Therefore in our example the Network ID is 33.194.0) Noticing that all the places that have ones.39. let’s and it to the subnet mask of 255. 00100001.00100111.0.194) 11111111.0.224. . The remaining 21 bits in the IP address is the host portion This equals 7.0) equals 00100001.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Remember. Any local addresses will not pass through.194 is determined by the zeros in the subnet mask. using our previous example of 33.00001000.8. and through leaving only the digits for the network portion or 33. By using this method.00000000.0.00100000.0.194.11100000. while the Host ID 0.00000000. Since the subnet mask only goes 3 bits into the second octet.32.0. for binary addition: 1+1=1 1+0=0 0+0=0 Now.8.8.224.32.

it will require an address for each subnet.b.a.0.255.c 128.0.c to 223.0.a.b. Reduce network traffic by limiting broadcast and local traffic to a single segment.c Default Subnet Mask 255.a. each TCP/IP printer network interface and each router interface on each subnet. There are several reasons to divide a network in this manner.777.152 Number of Hosts 16.c to 126.b.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Default Subnet Mask and Network Classes Class A B C IP Address 001.255. Determine the number of Host IDs per subnet.384 2.255. There are steps to follow when subnetting: Determine the number of Network IDs required.0 255.255. Inc.097.0.0 Maximum Networks and Hosts per Class Class A B C Default Subnet Mask 255. Be sure to include some room for growth of the network.0 255.c to 191.a.0 Number of Networks 126 16. A unique network ID is required for each subnet and each wide area network.216 65.255. Specialized Solutions. • • • • Connect physically remote local networks.0 255.0.0.b.b. Connect a mix of network technologies (Ethernet and Token Ring). A unique host ID is required for each TCP/IP computer network interface card.534 254 How to Subdivide a Network The process of subdividing a network into logical units is called subnetting or subnetworking.255.b.0 255. Allows an unlimited number of hosts to communicate.a.a. If a router is connected to two subnets. 209 .c 192.

255.254.255. You should remember the formula 2n-2 where n is the number of bits borrowed.0 255.192 255. First.0 255. we are increasing the number of network addresses that we can use and decreasing the number of host.240.255. Inc.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 16.255.255.248 255. With this number.0 255.255.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. The following table shows the subnet mask created by borrowing bits and how it will affect our network.36.192.255.128 255. To begin this process. we have one network with approximately 65.255.248.255.0 255.255.255.255.255.255. .0. We will use an InterNIC ID of 191. As we begin to subnet. We do this by using bits from the next octet or octets as part of our network addresses that we assign.255.255.255.382 Hosts N/A 8190 4096 2046 1022 510 254 126 62 30 14 6 2 210 Specialized Solutions. We use this formula to determine the number of subnets that will be created by borrowing bits from the hosts. you will need to start with the network ID supplied by InterNIC. Class B Subnet Mask (2 to 14 bits borrowed) 255.0 255. we will notice that this is a Class B network and therefore the default subnet mask will be 255.224 255.0 255.0.255.0 255.224.000 hosts.252.240 255.255.255.

255. The number 18 will now be in binary (10010). we determine that we will need 14 subnets to meet our current needs. giving us a total requirement of 18. you can use the scientific calculator supplied with any Windows operating system. For this example.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. 3. We already know that the first two octets will be 10111111 00100100 from this ID.192 255. Change the mode to binary (Bin).Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Class C Subnet Mask (2 to 6 bits borrowed) 255. Just to be on the safe side.36 as assigned to us by InterNIC.255. Make sure that the decimal mode (Dec) is selected. 211 . Inc.255.255.240 255. lets keep our network ID of 191.255. the question is how many bits of the third octet do we need to use? After examining our network requirements.255.255. Make sure that it is in scientific view (that’s the big calculator). Now we get out our Windows calculator.224 255. 1. 2. let’s add 4 more for future expansions.255. Specialized Solutions.248 255. Enter the value of 18.255.

.0. the subnet mask would be 255. we would have had to reconfigure the entire network. Also notice that had we chosen 14 (no allowance for growth).255.255. Inc. you can determine the available Network IDs. our answer would have been to use 4 bits and we would have been limited to a maximum of 14 subnets. let’s look at the subnets for the subnet mask of 255.248. Had we needed to add a new subnet. The following table shows the six subnets created when using the three bits of the third octet: 212 Specialized Solutions. Determine the Network IDs One you determine the number of subnets required and the subnet mask. This will be the number of bits required for the third octet. To keep things simple. This will actually allow us up to 30 subnets with 2. For this example.000 hosts each.0 and the network address of 192. Count the number of binary digits (5).Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4.224. instead of selecting the next subnet on our list.36.

0.192 Determine the Host IDs The host ID can be assigned as any number starting with the last digit of the forth octet (00000001).0 and the default Class C subnet mask would be 255.255. these are reserved for broadcast addresses. 213 . up to and including the remaining digits not used with the subnet ID.0.0.) Specialized Solutions. A Class B network default subnet mask would be 255. The sending computer checks the octets of the destination address against its own to determine if the destination computer is on the local network or a remote network.000 or .128 192.36.255.36.0.36. this means that the number starts with .0. This indicates that the Network ID is located in the first octet of the network address. The zeros indicate the location of the Host ID.36. they are on the same network.36.160 192.255. or one that is located on a remote network.36.64 192. the sending computer will send the message to a router for delivery. and continues up to one less than the subnet ID of the next subnet.001 in the last octet. 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. For example.32 192. Inc. indicating that the Network ID is contained in the first two or three octets respectively.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Subnets (Subnet Mask 11111111 11111111 111) Binary Network ID 11000000 00100100 11000000 00100100 001 11000000 00100100 010 11000000 00100100 011 11000000 00100100 100 11000000 00100100 101 11000000 00100100 110 Dotted-decimal ID 192. If it is different. on a Class A network the default subnet mask would be 255. In dotted-decimal format. (If the sending computer and the destination computer have the same subnet mask. The only restrictions are that you cannot use .255.96 192.36 (overall network address) 192.

Inc.0.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NETWORK CLASS CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C DEFAULT SUBNET MASK 255.255.0 CLASS ID 1 .126 128 .0 255.0 255.255.191 192 .0. .223 214 Specialized Solutions.0.255.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

clicking Run. . 224 Specialized Solutions. Inc.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You must look at every new problem as an opportunity to expand that experience. The basis for this policy is that once the system is running. and the repair. 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. Recognize the potential effects of the solution Make sure that the fix did not create other problems. maintain. document the problem and the repair. 249 . there is no substitute for experience.Conclusion Now we want to separate the true professional from the amateur. Confirming the repair may include some form of feedback from the user. Many troubleshooting and repair services operate on the fix and run principle. the problem. or a follow up call just to make sure all is well. 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. Specialized Solutions. 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. This is one way to build. and share experience. Document the solution Finally. Inc. Confirmation of the repair can save you a return trip to repeat the fix or to correct a problem that you created. In troubleshooting. you are wasting your time and should be working on the next problem. This means to document (in writing) the symptoms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 802. Inc.9 802.8 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802. .4 802. They also divide the Data Link Layer into two sub-layers: Logical Link Control and Media Access Controls.11 802.x Standard 802.10 802.12 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 Standards The IEEE 802 standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI Model.2 802.6 802. 802.1 802.7 802.

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

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

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Subnet masks are assigned according to the following three classes: Class A B C IP Address 001. x.x to 126.097. Repeaters Computers Devices Subnet Masking Subnet masks are used to divide an IP address into its network address and host address.x.x 192.x.384 2. x.255.0 255.x.152 Number of Host 16.0 255.x to 191.534 254 274 Specialized Solutions.0 Number of Networks 126 16.x.255.x.x to 223.214 65.0.x.x.0.x Default Subnet Mask 255. Inc.x.x. . Hubs.x.x 128.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.777.255.0.

1) to test the IP architecture and configuration. Sends a test packet to a specified address.0. Inc. 275 . Use the loopback address (127.0. Uses a MAC address to find an IP address. If all is well. Common ports are as follows: Service FTP TELNET SMTP HTTP POP3 Port 21 23 25 80 110 TCP/IP Utilities TCP/IP provides many tools for troubleshooting networks.Appendix A – Tech Summary TCP/IP Ports A port is a virtual outlet that can be opened on a network device. Here are some command-line utilities: IFCONFIG IPCONFIG Shows the Linux user’s network interface configuration. Used to see the entries in the Address Resolution table (uses IP addresses to find MAC addresses). the subnet address. it will return. Displays the basic local host configuration – IP address. PING ARP RARP Specialized Solutions. and default gateway. the subnet mask.

Used to verify the route to a remote host. . all computers are connected in a series. Use ROUTE PRINT to display contents.) Used to verify entries on a DNS server. (Pronounced Trace Route. Used to check the status of current IP connections. In a star topology. 276 Specialized Solutions. 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. Inc. all computers are connected to a hub. NBSTAT NETSTAT TRACERT NSLOOKUP Topology Review In a bus topology. ROUTE ADD to add entries and ROUTE DELETE to remove entries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A hardware device. other processes will still run. This layer determines the interface hardware and the medium that will be used to transmit the data from the Data Link layer. this feature has a different scheme called cooperative multitasking. Defines a channel between a device and the processor. Dedicated server for printing. Inc.5 of Windows 3. The OSI model is the ideal protocol stack. The space between the ceiling and the floor above. used to circulate air through a building. Peripheral Physical Layer PING Plenum Port Number POP3 PPP PPTP Preemptive Multitasking Presentation Layer Print Server Protocol Stack 296 Specialized Solutions. such as a printer or scanner. and running on TCP/IP. The Physical layer is the lowest layer in the OSI Model. many third-party applications are available. Post Office Protocol 3 Point-to-Point Protocol Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol Introduced in version 3.1. The preemptive feature allows NT to hand out slices of CPU time. allowing incompatible processes in the Application layer to communicate with the Session layer. which means that a process can take control of the CPU and check for other processes. converting character sets and encrypting data. and even if a process takes full control. A way of testing the server to see if it is alive and functioning. depending upon the needs of the user. A group of protocols that are used to communicate between computers on a network. Although included as part of Windows NT. A software tool that is used to monitor the performance of a network server. The Presentation layer formats data exchange. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Peer-to-Peer Performance Monitor All the computers on the network can act as either a client or server.

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

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

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

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

such as Token Ring. Inc.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. A named Subnetwork used for expanding the LocalTalk network or for relieving traffic on a larger network. using zones Zones Specialized Solutions. 301 . AppleTalk can incorporate other types of networks.

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

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

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

NWLink is a protocol based on Novell’s IPX/SPX and is used for communication between the two systems. What is a domain? NT uses domains in order to accomplish its security goals. Name the seven layers of the OSI model. 2. 125 MB free hard drive space.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 10. 16 MB RAM. Name some of the services and protocols that Microsoft included with Windows NT to ensure interoperability with NetWare. 13. Who developed the OSI model? The OSI model was developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). 11. GSNW (Gateway Services for NetWare) provides the gateway between an NT domain and the NetWare server. Network. What are the minimum hardware requirements for Windows NT Server? 476DX-3 CPU. Inc. Migration Tool for NetWare is used to convert NetWare accounts to NT. Review Questions Chapter 3 1.1 that includes the ability to run a peer-to-peer network.What type of network would utilize Windows for Workgroups as an operating system? Windows for Workgroups is a version of Windows 3. What type of computer was developed by Apple computer in 1984? The Macintosh 15. Session. Presentation. DSMN (Directory Service Manager for NetWare) is used to integrate user and group account information between NT and NetWare. and Physical 3. Transport. What OS is similar to UNIX and is a publicly open system? Linux 14. Application. A domain is simply a group of workstations with a shared security database. 12. CSNW (Client Services for NetWare) allows NT workstations to use file and print services on a NetWare server. A network adapter card operates at the _______ layer of the OSI model Network layer 306 Specialized Solutions. FPNW (File and Print Services for NetWare) allows NetWare clients to access NT file and print services. . Data Link.

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

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

What are the two transmission speeds of Token Ring? 4 Mbps and 16 Mbps 17. 21. They are also called hermaphrodite connectors. 314 Specialized Solutions. IEEE 802. Any connector can be connected to another MIC connector. Inc. Which way does data travel in a Token Ring network? Which way data travels in a Token Ring network is a matter of convention. 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. however. How are data collisions avoided in the Token Ring architecture? A computer must posses the token in order to transmit data. It is more commonly set up to travel clockwise. while IBM says that it travels counter-clockwise. Describe beaconing as it applies to Token Ring architecture.5 standard 16.3 standard 15. It also ensures that only one token is traveling the ring at a time and investigates any frames that have traveled around the ring more than once. It can be either depending upon how it is set up. Which IEEE Specification defines Token Ring? The IEEE 802. data collisions are avoided. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 14. 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. Describe a MIC connector. Since no other computer can transmit while one computer has the token. 20. The main thing is that data only travels in one direction on a Token Ring network. This signal is called beaconing and it travels from computer to computer. It does this by transmitting a signal every seven seconds. Which IEEE Specification defines Ethernet? The IEEE 802. What is a SMAU? SMAU stands for Smart Multistation Access Unit.5 says it travels clockwise. A SMAU may have the capability to shut down a connection that is producing errors thereby allowing the rest of the network to function. 18. MIC (Media Interface Connectors) are connectors that have neither male nor female ends. 19.

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

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

BAUD and bps were the same thing. Auditing. Inc. What are the two components of remote network accessing? RAS (remote access server) and DUN (dial up networking).Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 3. Router . In older modems. Name four forms of RAS security. NetBEUI is not routable. Bridges work in the Data Link layer of the OSI model. a bridge. PPP. Describe the difference between BAUD and bps. For example. 10.A router has all the features of a bridge. Name three advanced WAN environments. A bps or bit per second is the actual data transmission rate of a modem. 8. ISDN.A bridge does the same things as a repeater but has one additional feature. Gateway . Security host. Think of a gateway as a computer that acts as a translator between two networks that don’t speak the same language. and a gateway. Frame Relay. but it can switch packets across multiple networks. They can also determine the best path for “routing” traffic and filter broadcast traffic to the local segment.A repeater is a device that is used to extend the cable lengths of a network segment. Specialized Solutions. 4. PPTP and L2TP 9. Repeater . and SONET 7. amplify the signal thereby compensating for signal loss due to long cables. A form of digital line that is capable of 1.544 Mbps transmissions is called? T1 6. BAUD rate is the number in cycles per second of the carrier signal of a modem. Bridge . SLIP. Define a repeater. They do not translate or filter any information. BAUD is limited to 2400 bps. thus reducing the traffic for each segment.Gateways make it possible to connect different network architectures. a router. and PPTP filtering. Repeaters work in the Physical layer of the OSI model. 5. Callback Security. They do however. What is analog communication? Analog communication is based on PSTN or public switched telephone network. Not all network protocols will work with a router. Name three RAS protocols. 317 . A bridge can be used to isolate segments on a LAN.

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

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

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

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 are troubleshooting a cable problem. Specialized Solutions. 6. You have found the cabinet with the patch panel and hub. What is the loopback IP address? 127. you should see the green light that indicates that the network card has detected the presence of a network. are you finished with the troubleshooting process? NO – You still need to confirm the repair and document the problem and solution. You have located the cable in question #3. You have just connected a workstation to the network. What utility can you use to confirm the protocol stack is good? PING the loopback IP.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers Review Questions Chapter 11 1.1 7. 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. Isolate the Problem. After repairing a problem. and think it might be shorted. 4. The fox and hound.0. and Repair the Problem. WINIPCFG from the RUN command. 8. 5. 321 . 2. 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 are the three primary steps to take when troubleshooting? The three steps to troubleshooting are: Define the Problem. What tool would you need to find the short? TDRs (Time-Domain Reflectometers) are used to locate shorts in cables. You need to know the IP address of a workstation. Inc. 3. What is the easiest way to tell if the network card can “see” the network? If the network card has indicator lights.0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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