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.

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

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

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

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

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and FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) networking technologies. features and functions of the following network components: • Hubs • Switches • Bridges • Routers • Gateways • CSU / DSU (Channel Service Unit / Data Service Unit) Specialized Solutions.0 . 3 .5 Recognize the following media types and describe their uses: • Category 3.Introduction The following is a further breakdown of the specific areas covered on the Network+ exam: Domain 1.11 (wireless). schematic or description: • Star • Bus • Mesh • Ring 1. including: • Speed • Access method (CSMA / CA (Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Avoidance) and CSMA / CD (Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection)) • Topology • Media 1. 1000BASE-CX.3 (Ethernet). Inc. and cable type) of the following cable standards: • 10BASE-T and 10BASE-FL • 100BASE-TX and 100BASE-FX • 1000BASE-T. 5. 802.4 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) 1.1 Recognize the following logical or physical network topologies given a diagram. 802. 10 GBASE-LR and 10 GBASE-ER 1.3 Specify the characteristics (For example: speed. topology.2 (Logical Link Control).5 (token ring). length. 1000BASE-SX and 1000BASE-LX • 10 GBASE-SR.6 Identify the purposes.2 Specify the main features of 802. 802.Media and Topologies – 20% 1. and 6 • UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) • STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) • Coaxial cable • SMF (Single Mode Fiber) optic cable • MMF (Multimode Fiber) optic cable 1. 5e.

11x (Direct sequence spread spectrum) • Infrared • Bluetooth 1.10 Define the purpose. B and C). 2.3 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.11 (Frequency hopping spread spectrum) • 802. Inc.1 Identify a MAC (Media Access Control) address and its parts.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide • NICs (Network Interface Card) • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) adapters • WAPs (Wireless Access Point) • Modems • Transceivers (media converters) • Firewalls 1. antenna type and environmental factors).8 Identify factors which affect the range and speed of wireless service (For example: interference.6 Identify classful IP (Internet Protocol) ranges and their subnet masks (For example: Class A. transmission type and topology) of the following wireless technologies: • 802.2 Identify the seven layers of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) model and their functions. 2. 2. .9 Identify and differentiate between the following IP (Internet Protocol) addressing methods: • Static • Dynamic • Self-assigned (APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing)) 2. addressing schemes. 2. 2. 2. Domain 2.7 Specify the general characteristics (For example: carrier speed. IPv6) and the required setting for connections across the Internet.0 – Protocols and Standards – 20% 2.7 Identify the purpose of subnetting.8 Identify the differences between private and public network addressing schemes.5 Identify the components and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses (IPv4. frequency.4 Differentiate between the following network protocols in terms of routing. 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.

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) 2.25 2.15 Identify the basic characteristics of the following internet access technologies: • xDSL (Digital Subscriber Line) • Broadband Cable (Cable modem) • POTS / PSTN (Plain Old Telephone Service / Public Switched Telephone Network) • Satellite • Wireless Specialized Solutions. AFP (Apple File Protocol). SMB (Server Message Block).13 Identify the purpose of network services and protocols (For example: DNS (Domain Name Service). LPD (Line Printer Daemon) and Samba). capacity and media) of the following WAN (Wide Area Networks) technologies: • Packet switching • Circuit switching • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) • FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) • T1 (T Carrier level 1) / E1 / J1 • T3 (T Carrier level 3) / E3 / J3 • OCx (Optical Carrier) • X. 2. Inc. 5 . Zeroconf (Zero configuration).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) 2.14 Identify the basic characteristics (For example: speed. ICS (Internet Connection Sharing). 2. NFS (Network File System).11 Define the function of TCP / UDP (Transmission Control Protocol / User Datagram Protocol) ports. NAT (Network Address Translation). SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol). WINS (Windows Internet Name Service).

4 Given a remote connectivity scenario comprised of a protocol. and physical connectivity. 3. 3. application support and security) of the following server operating systems to access network resources: • UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 3. PAP (Password Authentication Protocol). 3. 3. benefits and characteristics of using a firewall. 6 Specialized Solutions.1 Identify the basic capabilities (For example: client support.5 Identify the purpose. Kerberos and EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)). punch down tool or tone generator).18 Identify authentication protocols (For example: CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). media tester / certifier.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. authentication.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 2.7 Given a connectivity scenario.9 Identify the main characteristics and purpose of extranets and intranets.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) • 802.6 Identify the purpose. interoperability. MS-CHAP (Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol).2 Identify the basic capabilities needed for client workstations to connect to and use network resources (For example: media. an authentication scheme. . configure the connection. benefits and characteristics of using a proxy service. 3. Inc. file and print services. network protocols and peer and server services). authentication and encryption).0 Network Implementation – 25% 3. Domain 3.3 Identify the appropriate tool for a given wiring task (For example: wire crimper.8 Identify the main characteristics of VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks). determine the impact on network functionality of a particular security implementation (For example: port blocking / filtering. 3.1x 2. RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service). Includes connection to the following servers: • UNIX / Linux / MAC OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 3.

identify the cause of a stated problem: • UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 4. 4.6 Given a scenario. authentication failure. mesh or ring) and including a network diagram. identify the cause of the problem (For example: file services.3 Given a network scenario. star. adding or removing network services (For example: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). network hardware or environment).Introduction 3. print services.0 Network Support – 35% 4. 3. 7 .8 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving an infrastructure (For example: wired or wireless) problem.4 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a client accessing remote network services. benefits and characteristics of using antivirus software. Inc.11 Identify the purpose and characteristics of fault tolerance: • Power • Link redundancy • Storage • Services 3. select the appropriate network utility from the following: • Tracert / traceroute • ping • arp • netstat • nbtstat • ipconfig / ifconfig • winipcfg • nslookup / dig 4. determine the impact of modifying. protocol configuration.1). physical connectivity and SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) router). 4. 4. warm and cold sites Domain 4. Specialized Solutions. interference.2 Given output from a network diagnostic utility (For example: those utilities listed in objective 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.12 Identify the purpose and characteristics of disaster recovery: • Backup / restore • Offsite storage • Hot and cold spares • Hot. identify the utility and interpret the output.5 Given a troubleshooting scenario between a client and the following server environments. 4. 4.1 Given a troubleshooting scenario. identify the cause of a stated problem (For example: bad media.7 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a network with a particular physical topology (For example: bus. identify the network area affected and the cause of the stated failure. DNS (Domain Name Service) and WINS (Windows Internet Name Service)) for network resources and users.10 Identify the purpose.

Identify the symptoms and potential causes 2. Test the result 7.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4.9 Given a network problem scenario. Identify the affected area 3. Identify the results and effects of the solution 8. Establish what has changed 4. Inc. Select the most probable cause 5. Implement an action plan and solution including potential effects 6. select an appropriate course of action based on a logical troubleshooting strategy. This strategy can include the following steps: 1. . Document the solution and process 8 Specialized Solutions.

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

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

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

indicating that you understand the regulations and will comply with them. . You will have the opportunity to take a sample test. You may not use a laptop computer or have any notes or printed material with you during the exam session. which explains the rules you will be expected to comply with during the 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. You will be required to show two forms of identification. Evaluate the questions you missed. 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. it might be a good idea to take advantage of this feature. The test administrator will show you to your test computer and will handle any preparations necessary to start the testing tool and display the exam on the computer.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Step 3 – Prepare for the Network+ Exam Place the practice exam simulator in your computer’s CD-ROM and select the exam you wish to take or practice with. • • • • 12 Specialized Solutions. 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. Inc. including one photo ID. You will be provided with a set amount of scratch paper or a small dry erase board for use during the exam. (the sample test is unrelated to the Network+ exam) to give you a feel for how the test is conducted. The test administrator will give you a Testing Center Regulations form. It is a closed book exam. • • • • 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. All scratch paper or boards are collected at the end of the exam. You will be asked to sign the form.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The benefits of wireless technology will be discussed at length in Chapter 4 of this book. . . 24 Specialized Solutions. Since each computer has its own connection to the wireless access point (WAP). Inc. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 or later (Standard or Extended Edition) and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 OS/2 2.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 5: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Pentium Class or higher 64 MB 550 MB 386 or higher 16 MB 105 MB 386 or higher 6 MB 30 MB 286 or higher 2. .0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for Macintosh OS Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Version 2.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 3. Inc.5 MB 20 MB Client Software The client software may be installed on any computer running any of the following: • • • • • 44 DOS 3.11 or OS/2 Warp and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 Macintosh 6.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 4.0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS OS/2 1.1 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS MS Windows 3.

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

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

CSNW (Client Services for NetWare) is the Microsoft service that allows workstations to use file and print services on a NetWare server. UNIX Operating Systems UNIX stands for UNiplexed Information and Computing System. Inc. It can be installed on the Microsoft client to allow it to connect the Netware server directly. but it adds many features that are designed exclusively for security. Active Directory is a directory service that stores information about objects on a network and makes this information available to both users and administrators. Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2003 is the latest in the line of Microsoft server operating systems. In addition. In contrast.well serve. In fact. Even though UNIX was not designed as a network operating system it can be. Installing GSNW automatically installs the NWLink protocol as well. and is. It allows for a single logon to access resources anywhere on the network. which govern what users can see and do on the network. It also offers an improved version of NTFS and fault tolerant versions of RAID on dynamic drives. It allows Novell NDS computers to be managed just as Microsoft domain controllers. Windows Server 2003 is the first Windows server that was built primarily with security in mind. Migration Tool for NetWare is a tool used to convert from NetWare to Windows. Installing CSNW automatically installs the NWLink protocol as well. 47 .Chapter 2 – Network Operating Systems (NOS) GSNW (Gateway Services for NetWare) provides the gateway between an Microsoft domain and the NetWare server. Windows Server 2003 offers a more secure Web Server (IIS 6.0). Probably the biggest feature in Windows 2000 server is the addition of Active Directory. Previous Microsoft server operating systems were built to serve and then had security features to protect them. 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. Windows 2000 Server Windows 2000 server is the server-side OS to Windows 2000 Professional. This software is not included with Netware but can be purchased separately. it has more “locked down” security templates that make it less likely that users will try to go around the security. used as such. when using Windows Server 2003 you typically must remove or configure security boundaries in order to get the server to. Network performance will decrease as the number of computers accessing the gateway increases.. It provides all of the advantages of Windows 2000 Server. Group policies can be utilized with server 2000.0) than the previous version in Windows 2000 (IIS 5. Its purpose is to move (called migrating) NetWare account information to Microsoft’s domain controller. FPNW (File and Print Service for NetWare) is a utility that enables NetWare clients to access Microsoft file and print services. UNIX is a Specialized Solutions.. This is necessary because all Microsoft client workstations in a domain must connect to a NetWare server through a single contact point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As electrical signals travel across a network medium the signal weakens as a result of resistance from the cabling itself. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Devices and the OSI Model As a networking professional. Routers Routers operate at the Network layer of the OSI model. as well as where in the OSI model they operate. are going to be used when they write a program. Bridges A bridge operates at the Data Link layer of the OSI model. Bridges connect two separate networks to form one logical network. Routers are responsible for using logical addresses to move packets from one network to another and deliver them to a host.25 IPX/SPX SNAP PPP PPTP XNS Protocols DECnet The following is a list of NON-ROUTABLE protocols: • • • NetBEUI DLC LAT 66 Specialized Solutions. It regenerates or amplifies a signal across LANs. bridges. you will usually be working in the first three layers of the OSI model: The Physical layer. They rely on MAC addressing to forward messages to their destination. This weakening is known as attenuation. routers. Data Link layer and the Network layer. Most routers today support multiple protocols such as: TCP/IP SNA SLIP X. These are the layers that have the most to do with hardware devices and other components that you can change. etc. A repeater amplifies these signals so that they can travel further or across LANs. Repeaters. The networking professional needs to be familiar with these devices. . Programmers usually deal with the upper layers and decide what protocols. and gateways are the most common devices that are used to expand a network. Repeaters A repeater operates at the Physical layer 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. Inc. A gateway connects two computer networks that use different protocols or even different technologies. but usually in the Application layer). 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). Specialized Solutions. Brouters A brouter operates at both the Data Link and Network layers of the OSI model. A popular example is an SNA Gateway. A computer with special software serves as a gateway and allows for communication between completely dissimilar networks. Gateways Gateways operate in the upper layers of the OSI model (from the Transport to Application layers. It is a device that combines the functions of the bridge and router. The gateway translates between the two networks so that they may communicate. 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 brouter will bridge the packet based on its MAC addressing. which can be used to connect an IBM mainframe computer to a Microsoft network. 67 . if a packet is received from a computer using a nonroutable protocol such as NetBEUI. However.

but the two sets of standards were designed to be compatible. Inc.6 802. a little surfing might be in order.3 802. Inc. These standards were prepared before the OSI standards.5 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802 Standards In 1980 the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. .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.2 802.org There are also many other web sites that discuss these standards.standards.9 802. The following table lists the 802 standards by category: (The ones you need to know are the ones in bold!) Number 802.7 802.4 802. This project is known as the 802 project (named for the year and month the project started. visit IEEE’s web-site at http://www.ieee.8 802. 68 Specialized Solutions. and if you would like more information on them. February 1980).11 802.1 802. 100BaseVG AnyLAN If you would like more information on these standards.10 802. (IEEE) formed a committee to create standards for LANs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Expandable patch panels (sometimes called punch down blocks) are also used with UTP installations. An RJ-45 connector looks just like a common telephone jack (RJ-11) only larger. Wall Plates for RJ-45 90 Specialized Solutions. An RJ-11 jack has four connection points where an RJ-45 jack has eight. Wall plates are typically used to make the connection to the computers themselves. This is an excellent way to organize network cables. These patch panels act like a switchboard where cables are connected and organized. They come in various sizes up to 96 ports and support transmission speeds of up to 10 Gbps . . The front of the patch panel contains RJ-45 ports (a port is a female counterpart for the RJ-45 jack). The RJ-45 jack’s position can therefore be changed from patch panel to patch panel to use a different set of cables for the same connection. 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. RJ-45 Connector AppleTalk AppleTalk networks utilizing STP cabling uses a DIN-type (DB-9) connector. This gives the network administrator a greater degree of flexibility and provides fault tolerance for the network cabling system. Distribution Panels Distribution racks and shelves are sometimes used to create more room for cables when floor space is at a premium. Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16. Describe baseband.

17. Describe broadband.

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

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

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

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

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

23. What are the four basic wireless transmission types?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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. In this section. However. For example. Thicknet coaxial (10Base5). Protocols that are used with the OSI model define the rules of communication. There are a number of Ethernet IEEE standards.94 Mbps network system that would connect over 100 computers on a one-kilometer cable. data (in this case passengers and freight) is moved in various cars. The standards define the means of communications. Inc. it is the rails and switches that govern the actual movement of the trains (data). Not all railroads are the same (some are electric. or Twisted Pair cable (10BaseT and 100BaseT). Ethernet is defined in the IEEE 802. Logical Link Control (802. It is probably the most popular network architecture used today. The LLC has the ability to track acknowledgements. These provide the standards for the railroads. The original version was a 2. Standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI model. but all railroads that are built to the same standards can exchange cars (data). as addressed previously. It is a baseband system and utilizes the CSMA/CD access method. like NetBIOS (Windows) or NetWare (Novell). Ethernet (802.2) The Logical Link Control layer. . we are going to look at different standards for networks. some are wide gauge.3 standard and is a method for computers and data systems to connect over shared cabling. and typically transmits at 10 Mbps. some are diesel. There are rules or protocols that govern how the cars are loaded and the origination and destination points.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Network Standards Network standards can best be described as the physical and functional characteristic of a network. The following are the four that transmit at 10 Mbps: • • • • 10BaseT 10Base2 10Base5 10BaseFL 122 Specialized Solutions. 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). but its primary function is maintaining the network link by identifying a line protocol. in a railroad. and some are narrow gauge). is one of two sublayers of the Data-Link layer and is concerned with managing traffic over the physical medium.

The “2” stands for 2 times 100 meters. The maximum segment length for 10BaseFL is 2000 meters. The two Ethernet standards for 100 Mbps are: • 100BaseVG-AnyLAN Ethernet Specialized Solutions. 10Base5 (Thicknet) 10Base5 uses Thicknet (coaxial) cable. it transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology. The minimum distance between nodes is 2. 10BaseT uses the star topology. 10Base2 (Thinnet) 10Base2 uses Thinnet (coaxial) cable with BNC connectors in a Bus topology. it is most commonly created with UTP cable. While 10BaseT can and does work with STP cabling. BNC connectors and a transceiver. document and image storage. 10BaseFL (Fiber Optic) 10BaseFL is the specification for running Ethernet over fiber-optic cable.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards 10BaseT (Twisted Pair) The “10” in 10BaseT indicates that it transmits at 10 Mbps. is 185 meters. The maximum number of segments containing nodes per network is 3.5 meters. repeaters can be used for longer distances. If the segment must exceed this limitation.5 meters.) This is referred to as the “5-4-3 Rule”. These applications include video. The minimum distance between nodes is . and computer aided design. The maximum number of nodes per segment is 100 in a 10Base5 system. The maximum number of nodes per network 100. meaning 10Base5 has a maximum segment length of 500 meters. to name a few. 123 . It transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology in a bus topology. indicating its maximum segment length. The main use for this specification is for long cable runs. 100 Mbps IEEE Ethernet Standards The IEEE committee has introduced new specifications for 100 Mbps Ethernet standards that can meet the demands of today’s high-bandwidth applications. The maximum number of nodes per network 90. and the maximum number of segments is 5 with 3 being populated. It transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology. As its name implies. (There may be five segments but only three may be populated. The maximum number of nodes per network is 1024 and the minimum distance between nodes is 2. The “Base” indicates that it uses Baseband technology (single channel). 10BaseT has a maximum segment length of 100 meters (Twisted Pair wiring maximum segment length) and it is connected using RJ-45 connectors. The maximum number of nodes per segment is 30.5 meters. however. The actual maximum segment length. Inc. And the “T” indicates that it uses Twisted Pair cabling. The “5” stands for 5 times 100 meters.

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

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

The physical ring is in the hub and the logical ring represents the data’s path between the nodes. Like Ethernet. The sending computer encodes the data frame with information such as: Start Delimiter This marks the start of the frame. primarily in IBM mini and mainframe systems. Each computer on the network acts as a repeater and regenerates the signal as the token/data frame passes through it. The computer that wants to transmit takes possession of the token. A computer cannot transmit data in a Token Ring environment unless it possesses the token. it is a star ring with each node connected to a central hub. While the token is in use by a computer to send data. Inc. Actually. and it has a transmission speed of 4 or 16 Mbps. This token will travel around the ring until a computer signals that it needs to send data. the network creates a token when the first computer comes online. The name Token Ring implies that the physical layout is that of a ring. . 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). IBM introduced Token Ring around 1984. It is not as popular as Ethernet. it is known as a data frame. Destination Address This is the address of the receiving computer.5) The Token Ring architecture is defined in the IEEE 802. The Token Ring access method. Frame Control The information here determines whether the frame is being transmitted to all computers on the network or one specific “end station” computer. The 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. How it Works Basically. This is so that no other network computer will try to possess it to transmit data. it uses the baseband technology. and 3). is what sets Token Ring apart. The cable used is STP and UTP (IBM types 1. 2.5 standard. The data frame is a different type of frame than the token. more than the cable design.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Token Ring (802. 126 Specialized Solutions. but is still used today.

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

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

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

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

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

Speeds up to 54 Mbps will be available within wireless networks (LANs to be more specific). Inc. . The capacity to use wireless technology is there for large-scale deployments as well. Wireless technology is discussed in further detail in chapter four. Interference can be lessened by their ability to function in their own band (in the GHz range.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Wireless (802.11 is the latest generation of enterprise-class wireless LAN technology. generally). 132 Specialized Solutions.11) IEEE 802.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

0 . A public network would be the Internet. For this reason. 10.255.32.0. you can use any address that you want to use inside of your own network and behind your firewalls. The use of these addresses will completely prevent the address conflict issue.168. Prepare a case (on paper) of the pros and cons of each.168. 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). Once you have made this decision.0 255. . get more. When you are sitting on the fence.255 172.0 255. Making the Choice Making that final decision is often difficult. If you are not sure you have enough information. it is highly recommended that you use these addresses for your private addressing.0.255.0 144 Specialized Solutions. In some cases.0. 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. the answer will be very obvious. Public and Private networks In addition. The only problem is that if your firewall were to come down. stick with it and move forward. present each case to the client and let them make the final decision.0. be sure to follow a disciplined procedure: Collect all your information. then you might have an address conflict with another entity on the Internet.255 255.0 -10.255.0. which would limit its access to those outside of the company.16. This decision will be the basis for the rest of your network design. since your organization will more than likely need access to the Internet and networks outside of their LAN. A private network would be a corporate network or an Intranet.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide full-time job for one or more people and may even require the skills of a certified network professional. For this reason.0.255.0. Inc. with open access to the global community. Actually.0 -172.192. in others it could go either way.255.0.0 192. If all else fails.255.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep in mind that a green light does not mean that the computer is properly configured and you can use the network. If there are any conflicts. Each card must be configured for a different network. but you are not finished yet. The details of installation will vary depending on the type of computer and the operating system installed. you will need to check the documentation for the network operating system that you are using. 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. Connect the network cabling. you may still have to manually set some jumpers or switches. Note: If you must remove the case.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. Now the network adapter card is installed. Physically install the card. Drivers are usually supplied with the network card. Note: Many computers that are designated as servers or gateways can have more than one network card installed. Card and Computer Installing a network adapter card is not any different than installing any other expansion card in a computer. In most cases with a new card. 158 Specialized Solutions. If you don’t have the driver or want to make sure that you have the latest driver. Install the appropriate drivers for the card. it only means that the proper connection has been established between the card and the network. You need to configure the card to work with your network software. if you upgrade your operating system. If your system is not Plug-n-Play. be sure to follow ESD (electro-static discharge) procedures. Understanding the installation process is the key to preventing conflicts. the computer may not boot or the conflicting devices might not be able to work simultaneously. Finally. this will be done with the installation software or by the operating system. You still need to bind the card to the network protocols that you are going to use. Many operating systems already include drivers for most network cards. the following is a generic procedure that defines the key points that you must follow: Purchase the card. you may need to download a new driver in order to make it work or to increase its performance. Hint: you may not want to put the case back on until you have confirmed that the card is working. In addition. Inc. you can usually download them from the manufacturer’s web site. . Remove the case and install it into a free expansion slot. Configure the IRQ and I/O address. If you must do this manually. First ensure that it is compatible with your system (network and computer).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

544 Mbps transmissions.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Digital Signal T1 is the most widely used type of digital line.544 Mbps 44. data.8 Mbps 155.048 Mbps 34. Specialized Solutions. It is capable of 1. and video signals. 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. 171 . faster download than upload 51.520 or 622. It can be used to transmit digital voice.736 Mbps 2. whereas the E1 and the E3 are the European standard.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.52 Mbps Either 155. Inc.368 Mbps Varies depending ISP.

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

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

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

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

and media. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. 8. Speeds will range from very slow speeds of 300 bps to 56. As we have already learned. times as fast as the Baud rate.600 bps. Convert the parallel digital data into serial digital data. or over long distances. Therefore. requires some additional hardware that will overcome the limitations of the cables. The following is a list of common “V” ratings: Standard V. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. the term Baud has disappeared and been replaced with bps. This limit cannot be exceeded without encountering signal distortion. connecting a few computers to form a local area network requires cabling and network cards. modems have reached a new technology limit of 56. network cards. Inc. These speeds are measured as bits per second. 176 Specialized Solutions. The Baud rate equals the frequency in cycles per second that can be transmitted via telephone lines. due to the physical characteristics of copper wire and the effects of transmitting signals over long distances. To increase our network beyond a few computers. etc. Originally modem speeds were measured in terms of Baud. a given Baud rate could transmit data at 2. there is a limit of 2400 Baud. FAX modems will send and receive data at speeds up to 14.400 High-speed version of the V. 4. With early 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.32 V. the Baud rate was equal to the bps. . To overcome this and increase the speeds of data transmission via modems. Modems transmit data at various speeds. Modems are classified by a “V” rating. 14.600 bps. Today.32bis bps 2400 9600 Notes An old standard. The problem with these devices is that they all have limitations that prevent long distance communication. However. A modem is a device that makes it possible to communicate long distances over standard telephone lines or cable.32 standard.22bis V. Modems are available in both internal (standard expansion card) and external (connected to a serial port and has its own power supply) versions. designers learned how to place several signals within one cycle.400 bps. With this change. The name is derived from the words MOdulate and DEModulate.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Modems Expanding a network requires an understanding of the additional devices necessary to make the connections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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it is not easy for us.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TCP/IP Addressing IPv4 Enough talk about IP address names. Inc. 4th octet: And finally the value of our 4th octet is 194. 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: 00100001.00100111.294. they are broken down into four octets.00001000. . are assigned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and these IP addresses are further divided into classes.2 billion) different numbers. 2nd octet: The value of the 2nd octet is 39. Although that is easy for a computer. So the dotted decimal address of our example is 33. 202 Specialized Solutions.39. An octet is a group of eight binary digits and a period or “dot” separates these octets. A 32-bit binary number can represent (232) or 4. 3rd octet: The value of the 3rd octet in our example is 8. however. the administrator may assign an IP address to each computer (as long as the number is unique).11000010 Each octet represents a number between 0-256: 1st octet: 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 ----------------------------------------------------------------16 8 2 1 128 64 32 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 ----------------------------------------------------------------128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ----------------------------------------------------------------32 16 8 4 2 1 128 64 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 -----------------------------------------------------------------128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 Adding the values assigned to the “1” positions gives us a value of 33 for the first octet. It is important that the networking professional have a basic understanding of these classes. The result is called a dotted decimal number. To simplify these addresses.296 (4. 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.8. This IP address is a 32-bit binary number. If a network is internal and does not access the Internet. Internet IP addresses. Imagine how difficult it would be to have to remember a combination of 32 1s and 0s for each address.194.967. let’s now take a look at IP address numbers.

01-126 128-191 192-223 (leading bit = 0) (leading bit = 1) (leading bits =11) Specialized Solutions. There are five common classes: A through E.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials IP Addresses The dotted decimal number is further broken down into two components.8.8.39.8. Class B Addresses This class is assigned to medium sized networks. The first two octets identify the network (Network ID) and the last two octets identify the host (Host ID).8 and the Host ID would be 194. The leading bits in the binary representation of a Class C address are always 11 (11000000). The class of the IP address determines which octets identify the Network ID and which octets identify the Host ID.) 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 would be the Host ID. you should pay special attention the Classes A. Class D and Class E Addresses Class D cannot be used for networks (multicast) and Class E IP addresses are reserved for future use. An example of a Class B IP address would be 129.8. Depending on the assignment. Inc. For the Network+ exam. 203 .39 would be the Network ID and 8.194. An example of a Class C IP address would be 193. The class can be determined by the value of the first octet.194 where the Network ID would be 193.39. In this case 129.39. The first octet (33) would identify the network (Network ID) and the rest of the octets would identify the host (Host ID) 39.194. Class C Addresses These are the most common and are used for smaller networks.194 would be an example of a Class A address. 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. Within classes. In this class the first three octets are used for the Network ID and only the last octet is used for the Host ID. The first octet in a Class B address is always a number between 128 and 191. (A host may be any device on the network. 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). only the first octet is used for the Network ID and all three remaining octets identify the host (Host ID). B and C. Class A Class B Class C Class A Addresses If the network applying for Internet IP addresses is extremely large. The example we used to define a dotted decimal address of 33. The two octets in the center can be either assigned to the Network ID or the Host ID. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class A address is always 0 (00000000).39. the network is divided into classes. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class B address is always 1 (10000000).

Class C uses three octets for the Network ID and only one for the Host ID. Likewise.214 possible Host ID numbers. Class B .223 In addition. 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.126 128 . Note: The existing shortage of addresses has made it impossible to obtain a Class A address for a long time. Class C IP addresses are still available.191 192 .used for smaller networks that do not exceed 254 hosts. you must petition the official Internet authorities for the assignment of a network address. All in use and no longer available.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Since a Class A Network ID uses the remaining three octets to assign numbers for the Host ID. the Network ID of 127 designates the local node and allows that node to send a test packet to itself without generating network traffic.0. (For example. You can see that Class A has the largest number of hosts.0. B or C address. Class C . so there are only 254 addresses available for hosts. Inc. Also. Class B uses two octets for the Network ID and two octets for the Host ID. if a network is going to be connected to the Internet. with the least number of Network IDs. . 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. This organization is called InterNIC (Internet Network Information Center). 204 Specialized Solutions.1) Class A .used by very large networks.777. This is the loopback address. Class C has a large number of Network IDs and only a few Host IDs. As we mentioned earlier. there are 16. Class B IP addresses are all in use and no longer available.used for medium-sized networks. 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. specifically 127. there are only 65.534 possible Host ID numbers.

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

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

For example: 11111111. Inc. Before looking at anding.534 hosts) Class C (254 hosts) Note: You cannot use IP addresses with all 1s or all 0s.0. separating it from the host portion of the address. you can reduce the overall network traffic. have all 1s to the left and all 0s to the right.00000000.255. Since a router connects each subnet. only the traffic that is not local will pass through. lets look at subnet masks.0 In regard to classful addressing .0 Class A (16.0. In this example.0 255.11111111.0. 255. all the traffic within a building or campus will be kept locally except when it needs to go to another subnet.216 hosts) Class B (65.0 (Class B).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. the results will be the actual network portion of that IP address (not necessarily the default network portion determined by its class).0 (Class C). For example. Specialized Solutions.255. a large university may have a network spread over several buildings and perhaps remote campuses. a subnet mask can be 255.0.0 (Class A).255.0.00000000 or 255. By using subnets.0. You can use a subnet mask that does not completely use all the bits in an octet. which uses a certain logic to determine the network portion of the address. 207 . The purpose of a subnet mask is to determine the network portion of the IP address.0. By using a concept called anding.777.255. Default Subnet Masks 255. a router can determine which addresses are local and which addresses are for other subnets within the network. This is done with binary addition (anding).255. Anding is the binary addition that the router uses to make this determination. If you “and” the IP address to the subnet mask.0 255. Subnet masks with full octets (255) are the default subnet mask. or 225.255. A subnet mask is an IP address (dotted-decimal number) in which all ones represent the network portion of the IP address and all zeros represent the host portion of the IP address. The number of 0s determines the maximum number of available hosts within the sub-network. You must however.255.

Any local addresses will not pass through.0.00000000. a router can determine if a message is for a destination on the local network or for a machine on a remote segment.0. let’s and it to the subnet mask of 255.8.224. 00100001.11000010 (33.224.39.194.194. .0.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Remember. It is common in TCP/IP to omit the trailing octets in the Network ID and the leading octets in the Host ID. The following tables summarize IP addresses and subnet masks: 208 Specialized Solutions.00000000. By using this method. Therefore in our example the Network ID is 33.0. Inc.00000000 (33. while the Host ID 0.00100111.00100000.8. Those 11 bits equal a network portion of 33.8. for binary addition: 1+1=1 1+0=0 0+0=0 Now.194) 11111111. The network and host portions do not break down neatly into octets since the subnet mask does not take up a complete second octet. and through leaving only the digits for the network portion or 33.00000000 (255.0) equals 00100001.32.0) Noticing that all the places that have ones.00001000.11100000.39. Since the subnet mask only goes 3 bits into the second octet. The remaining 21 bits in the IP address is the host portion This equals 7. it recognizes the first 11 bits as the network portion of this address.0.194 is determined by the zeros in the subnet mask. thus reducing the traffic on the rest of the network.0.32.7.194.32. using our previous example of 33.8.32 and the Host ID is 7.8.

209 .384 2.0.152 Number of Hosts 16.b. If a router is connected to two subnets.b.0 Number of Networks 126 16.0 Maximum Networks and Hosts per Class Class A B C Default Subnet Mask 255.b.097.0 255.b.a. Reduce network traffic by limiting broadcast and local traffic to a single segment. There are steps to follow when subnetting: Determine the number of Network IDs required. Specialized Solutions.216 65.a.a. Inc.c to 191.a.b.255.534 254 How to Subdivide a Network The process of subdividing a network into logical units is called subnetting or subnetworking. There are several reasons to divide a network in this manner. Be sure to include some room for growth of the network. it will require an address for each subnet.c 192.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Default Subnet Mask and Network Classes Class A B C IP Address 001.0 255.a.0. each TCP/IP printer network interface and each router interface on each subnet. • • • • Connect physically remote local networks.0.0.0.255.255.777. Determine the number of Host IDs per subnet.0.255.255.b. A unique host ID is required for each TCP/IP computer network interface card.c to 126. Connect a mix of network technologies (Ethernet and Token Ring).0 255. Allows an unlimited number of hosts to communicate.c Default Subnet Mask 255. A unique network ID is required for each subnet and each wide area network.0 255.c to 223.255.c 128.a.

255.255.192.255.0. Class B Subnet Mask (2 to 14 bits borrowed) 255.255. we are increasing the number of network addresses that we can use and decreasing the number of host.255. Inc. We do this by using bits from the next octet or octets as part of our network addresses that we assign.255.255.0 255.248.252.255. First. We will use an InterNIC ID of 191. As we begin to subnet.255.0 255.000 hosts.224.0 255.255.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.0 255.240. we have one network with approximately 65. To begin this process.255. The following table shows the subnet mask created by borrowing bits and how it will affect our network.255.248 255.255.254.128 255.0 255. .255.255.36.240 255. you will need to start with the network ID supplied by InterNIC.192 255.255.224 255.252 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. With this number.0 255.255.255. we will notice that this is a Class B network and therefore the default subnet mask will be 255.255.0 255. We use this formula to determine the number of subnets that will be created by borrowing bits from the hosts. You should remember the formula 2n-2 where n is the number of bits borrowed.382 Hosts N/A 8190 4096 2046 1022 510 254 126 62 30 14 6 2 210 Specialized Solutions.255.0.

224 255. let’s add 4 more for future expansions. 2. we determine that we will need 14 subnets to meet our current needs.255.255.255. you can use the scientific calculator supplied with any Windows operating system. Change the mode to binary (Bin). We already know that the first two octets will be 10111111 00100100 from this ID. the question is how many bits of the third octet do we need to use? After examining our network requirements. Just to be on the safe side. Now we get out our Windows calculator.36 as assigned to us by InterNIC. lets keep our network ID of 191.192 255. Inc. Enter the value of 18.252 Bits 2 3 4 5 6 Subnets 0 6 14 30 62 Hosts N/A 30 14 6 2 To make this easy.255.255.255. Make sure that it is in scientific view (that’s the big calculator).248 255. The number 18 will now be in binary (10010). Specialized Solutions.255.255. 1. 211 . giving us a total requirement of 18. Make sure that the decimal mode (Dec) is selected.240 255.255. For this example.255.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Class C Subnet Mask (2 to 6 bits borrowed) 255. 3.

0. This will actually allow us up to 30 subnets with 2. To keep things simple.248. For this example.255.36. This will be the number of bits required for the third octet.000 hosts each.224. Also notice that had we chosen 14 (no allowance for growth). . Had we needed to add a new subnet. we would have had to reconfigure the entire network. our answer would have been to use 4 bits and we would have been limited to a maximum of 14 subnets. instead of selecting the next subnet on our list. Determine the Network IDs One you determine the number of subnets required and the subnet mask. you can determine the available Network IDs. Inc.255. the subnet mask would be 255.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4. Count the number of binary digits (5). The following table shows the six subnets created when using the three bits of the third octet: 212 Specialized Solutions.0 and the network address of 192. let’s look at the subnets for the subnet mask of 255.

0.36. This indicates that the Network ID is located in the first octet of the network address.96 192. this means that the number starts with . they are on the same network.255.0.0. on a Class A network the 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.0.36 (overall network address) 192. If it is different.255.36. or one that is located on a remote network. The zeros indicate the location of the Host ID. 213 .160 192.0 and the default Class C subnet mask would be 255.36.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. A Class B network default subnet mask would be 255. (If the sending computer and the destination computer have the same subnet mask.) Specialized Solutions.36.128 192.001 in the last octet.255. up to and including the remaining digits not used with the subnet ID.36.64 192.36. and continues up to one less than the subnet ID of the next subnet. For example. the sending computer will send the message to a router for delivery. The only restrictions are that you cannot use . 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.000 or . Inc. these are reserved for broadcast addresses.255. indicating that the Network ID is contained in the first two or three octets respectively.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). In dotted-decimal format.32 192.

126 128 .0.0.0 CLASS ID 1 .255. Inc.0. .191 192 .223 214 Specialized Solutions.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NETWORK CLASS CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C DEFAULT SUBNET MASK 255.255.255.0 255.0 255.

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

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

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

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

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

The value of using communities is to limit the number of managers and agents. therefore providing a level of security. The three commands are: Get: request data from the device. Set: sends a configuration value to a device. These commands can be entered from a DOS prompt. Get-next: request the next value in a sequence. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Agent Software The agent software resides on the SNMP compliant device. 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). Inc. A community can also restrict access. This command will capture any errors and problems that occur on the agent device and send it to the manager. It will respond to commands issued by the management software. 222 Specialized Solutions. An additional SNMP command is the trap.

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

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

NSLOOKUP -d shows all records for the domain. NSLOOKUP -h shows CPU and operating system information for the domain. Specialized Solutions. IPCONFIG is entered from a DOS prompt and WINIPCFG can be used from RUN on the START menu. and you would use this IP to find its MAC address or its physical address. which might be 0000-05-67-FF-33. IPCONFIG/WINIPCFG These commands are the same. The following three are the most common and are covered in more detail in the next chapter. IFCONFIG IFCONFIG displays the status of the network interface configuration. and will often respond even when higher-level TCP-based services cannot. You should use this command when you want to verify a user’s configuration or if there are problems reaching a remote host. 225 .12.168. Arp -s is used to change the IP address of a device. For example.1. Arp -a displays the current ARP entries (resolved IP to MAC addresses) on your client. Inc. and will display the current configuration of a computer. NSLOOKUP -t shows all records of the type specified. the IP of a host might be 192. PING The lowest level test to find out if you have connectivity to a remote host. ARP ARP will allow you to find the physical address (MAC address) of a computer by using the IP address of that computer. Ping works at the IP level. NSLOOKUP a shows aliases of clients in the domain. NSLOOKUP This command is used to troubleshoot DNS problems and can display the DNS entry for a given IP address.Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS TCP/IP also provides several useful troubleshooting tools. NSLOOKUP -s lists well-known services of clients in the domain. RARP RARP accomplishes the reverse of the ARP by using the known MAC address to find a host’s IP address. Ping -t performs a continuous ping and ping -n pings the IP address more than once.

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

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. 228 Specialized Solutions. . Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Review Questions Chapter 9 1. each device will need to be _________ compliant. What kind of software package can you purchase to help analyze your network? 2. You are the manager of a large network and have been getting complaints about the system being slow. List as many as you can.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inc. 254 Specialized Solutions. but used for fiber optic cabling. . 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.

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

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

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

your dialog box will look like the following. 258 Specialized Solutions. If you are using Windows. or 2003 system. XP.48. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Notice that the IP address of this computer is 195.6. WINIPCFG You can now PING that address to determine if the network card and protocol stack for the computer are working properly. This command is only for Windows 9x and ME and will not work on a Windows NT. . WINIPCFG. 2000.55.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 802. They also divide the Data Link Layer into two sub-layers: Logical Link Control and Media Access Controls.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802.2 802.4 802. Inc. 802.x Standards The IEEE 802 standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI Model.8 802.x Standard 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.5 802.1 802.9 802. .10 802.7 802.11 802.3 802.

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

Inc.LPT2 380 to 38F 390 to 39F 272 Specialized Solutions.LPT3 280 to 28F 290 to 29F 2A0 to 2AF 2B0 to 2BF 2C0 to 2CF 2D0 to 2DF 2E0 to 2EF – COM2 300 to 30F – Network Adapter Card 310 to 31F – Network Adapter Card 320 to 32F – Hard Disk Controller (For PS/2 Model 30) 330 to 33F 340 to 34F 350 to 35F 360 to 36F 370 to 37F .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide In addition to IRQs you may have to set the Base I/O address. 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 . .

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

152 Number of Host 16.x.x.534 254 274 Specialized Solutions.097.0 Number of Networks 126 16.x 192.0 255.255.x.x.x Default Subnet Mask 255. Repeaters Computers Devices Subnet Masking Subnet masks are used to divide an IP address into its network address and host address.x to 126.x 128.x.214 65. Subnet masks are assigned according to the following three classes: Class A B C IP Address 001. x.384 2.255.255. Inc.0.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.777.0.x.x to 223.0. Hubs. .x to 191.x.x.x.0 255.x. x.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Refers to the OSI (Open Systems Interface) Model. Inc. The hardware that is used to construct the network plays an important role at this layer. Each part of an IP Address that contains eight bits of data is called an octet. A Windows NT service that allows for interoperability with the NetWare NOS. A generic term used to describe a unit of data. The network layer handles all the routing information as packets travel from one network to another. 295 Non-Routable Protocol NOS NTFS NTSTAT NWLink Octet OSI Packets Passive Hub Password Security Patch Cable PCI Bus PCMCIA Card . 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.Appendix E – Glossary Network Administrator Network Interface Card (NIC) Network Layer The individual who has complete responsibility for maintaining a network. Acts as a connection point only. A “packet” may also refer to a frame or datagram. They extend the connection between the computer and the hub or between two hubs. An adapter circuit board installed in a computer that provides a physical connection to a network. including network connectivity. Specialized Solutions. A user has to enter a password to gain access to the network or to shared resources. depending on the protocol. Network Operating System NT File System A TCP/IP utility command that will return information regarding the status of a network. A 32-bit architecture bus for PC expansion cards. A packet actually refers to Application layer data units (APDU).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Data Link. GSNW (Gateway Services for NetWare) provides the gateway between an NT domain and the NetWare server. Transport. Who developed the OSI model? The OSI model was developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Presentation. DSMN (Directory Service Manager for NetWare) is used to integrate user and group account information between NT and NetWare. NWLink is a protocol based on Novell’s IPX/SPX and is used for communication between the two systems. . Inc. What are the minimum hardware requirements for Windows NT Server? 476DX-3 CPU. What is a domain? NT uses domains in order to accomplish its security goals.What type of network would utilize Windows for Workgroups as an operating system? Windows for Workgroups is a version of Windows 3.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 10. FPNW (File and Print Services for NetWare) allows NetWare clients to access NT file and print services. 13. What type of computer was developed by Apple computer in 1984? The Macintosh 15.1 that includes the ability to run a peer-to-peer network. Network. Name some of the services and protocols that Microsoft included with Windows NT to ensure interoperability with NetWare. A network adapter card operates at the _______ layer of the OSI model Network layer 306 Specialized Solutions. 125 MB free hard drive space. Session. What OS is similar to UNIX and is a publicly open system? Linux 14. Review Questions Chapter 3 1. Migration Tool for NetWare is used to convert NetWare accounts to NT. 11. Application. Name the seven layers of the OSI model. and Physical 3. 2. CSNW (Client Services for NetWare) allows NT workstations to use file and print services on a NetWare server. A domain is simply a group of workstations with a shared security database. 16 MB RAM. 12.

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

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

Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 14. It can be either depending upon how it is set up. It does this by transmitting a signal every seven seconds. Which IEEE Specification defines Ethernet? The IEEE 802. If a computer doesn’t receive an expected signal from its upstream neighbor it will notify the monitor that a problem may exist. 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. 314 Specialized Solutions. 19. Inc. 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. It is more commonly set up to travel clockwise. What are the two transmission speeds of Token Ring? 4 Mbps and 16 Mbps 17. IEEE 802. This signal is called beaconing and it travels from computer to computer. 20. How are data collisions avoided in the Token Ring architecture? A computer must posses the token in order to transmit data. MIC (Media Interface Connectors) are connectors that have neither male nor female ends. Which IEEE Specification defines Token Ring? The IEEE 802. Which way does data travel in a Token Ring network? Which way data travels in a Token Ring network is a matter of convention. . data collisions are avoided. 18. Describe a MIC connector. Any connector can be connected to another MIC connector.5 standard 16.3 standard 15. 21. while IBM says that it travels counter-clockwise. Describe beaconing as it applies to Token Ring architecture. They are also called hermaphrodite connectors. Since no other computer can transmit while one computer has the token. A SMAU may have the capability to shut down a connection that is producing errors thereby allowing the rest of the network to function. 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. What is a SMAU? SMAU stands for Smart Multistation Access Unit.5 says it travels clockwise. however. The main thing is that data only travels in one direction on a Token Ring network.

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

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

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

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

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. 2. ROUTE. Inc. 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. TCP/IP provides several tools that you can use to validate the statistics of your network. NBTSTAT. List as many as you can. 319 . In order for your new network management software to monitor the activities of the entire network. Event Viewer. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) 3. U U U U 12. NETSTAT and TRACERT. Subnetting is the process of breaking an IP address into _________ and ________ groups Subnetting is the process of breaking an IP address into meaningful and manageable groups. Specialized Solutions. 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.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 11.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

166 XDR. 327 .Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers Viruses. 12 Warp Connect. 165 VPN’s (Virtual Private Networks). 190 Wire Crimper. 95 Wireless NICs. 92 workstation. 19. 13 X X. Inc. 31 Windows for Workgroups. 31 Windows NT Print Servers. 32 Windows 2000. 242 Wireless. 69.25. 70 Specialized Solutions. 71 XNS. 230 W WAN. 124 wireless network. 231 VLAN. 154 Windows 95/98. 40 U U WINS.

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