Network+ 2005 Training & Test Preparation Guide

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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.

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

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

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

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

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” The objectives are weighted in the following manner: NETWORK+ CERTIFICATION DOMAIN AREAS 1.0 Network Implementation 4.0 Network Support Total % OF EXAMINATION 20% 20% 25% 35% 100% 2 Specialized Solutions. The results of this survey were used in weighing the domains and ensuring that the weighting is representative of the relative importance of the content.0 Protocols & Standards 3.” “This examination includes blueprint weighting. Inc.0 Media & Topologies 2. test objectives and example content. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide CompTIA Test Objectives for Network+ CompTIA is an acronym for Computing Technology Industry Association “The skills and knowledge measured by this examination are derived from industry-wide job task analysis and validated through an industry wide survey. Example concepts are included to clarify the test objectives and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of the content of the examination.

including: • Speed • Access method (CSMA / CA (Carrier Sense Multiple Access/Collision Avoidance) and CSMA / CD (Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection)) • Topology • Media 1.11 (wireless).2 Specify the main features of 802. features and functions of the following network components: • Hubs • Switches • Bridges • Routers • Gateways • CSU / DSU (Channel Service Unit / Data Service Unit) Specialized Solutions.3 Specify the characteristics (For example: speed. 10 GBASE-LR and 10 GBASE-ER 1. 1000BASE-SX and 1000BASE-LX • 10 GBASE-SR. 1000BASE-CX. and cable type) of the following cable standards: • 10BASE-T and 10BASE-FL • 100BASE-TX and 100BASE-FX • 1000BASE-T.2 (Logical Link Control). length.Introduction The following is a further breakdown of the specific areas covered on the Network+ exam: Domain 1. and 6 • UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) • STP (Shielded Twisted Pair) • Coaxial cable • SMF (Single Mode Fiber) optic cable • MMF (Multimode Fiber) optic cable 1.0 .Media and Topologies – 20% 1. 802.1 Recognize the following logical or physical network topologies given a diagram.5 Recognize the following media types and describe their uses: • Category 3.4 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) 1.3 (Ethernet). 802. 802.5 (token ring).6 Identify the purposes. 5. topology. schematic or description: • Star • Bus • Mesh • Ring 1. 3 . 5e. Inc. and FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) networking technologies.

7 Identify the purpose of subnetting. 2.0 – Protocols and Standards – 20% 2.8 Identify the differences between private and public network addressing schemes. 2. interoperability and naming conventions: • IPX / SPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange / Sequence Packet Exchange) • NetBEUI (Network Basic Input / Output System Extended User Interface) • AppleTalk / AppleTalk over IP (Internet Protocol) • TCP / IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) 2. Domain 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.4 Differentiate between the following network protocols in terms of routing.5 Identify the components and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses (IPv4. Inc. . frequency.9 Identify and differentiate between the following IP (Internet Protocol) addressing methods: • Static • Dynamic • Self-assigned (APIPA (Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing)) 2.6 Identify classful IP (Internet Protocol) ranges and their subnet masks (For example: Class A.2 Identify the seven layers of the OSI (Open Systems Interconnect) model and their functions. antenna type and environmental factors). 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) 2.7 Specify the general characteristics (For example: carrier speed. 2.11 (Frequency hopping spread spectrum) • 802. 2.10 Define the purpose. 2. IPv6) and the required setting for connections across the Internet.1 Identify a MAC (Media Access Control) address and its parts. addressing schemes.11x (Direct sequence spread spectrum) • Infrared • Bluetooth 1. transmission type and topology) of the following wireless technologies: • 802. B and C).Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide • NICs (Network Interface Card) • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) adapters • WAPs (Wireless Access Point) • Modems • Transceivers (media converters) • Firewalls 1.8 Identify factors which affect the range and speed of wireless service (For example: interference.

13 Identify the purpose of network services and protocols (For example: DNS (Domain Name Service).14 Identify the basic characteristics (For example: speed. Zeroconf (Zero configuration). ICS (Internet Connection Sharing). NAT (Network Address Translation).11 Define the function of TCP / UDP (Transmission Control Protocol / User Datagram Protocol) ports. WINS (Windows Internet Name Service). 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. Inc.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. NFS (Network File System). 5 . SMB (Server Message Block). 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. AFP (Apple File Protocol). 2.25 2. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol).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.

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. 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) 3.8 Identify the main characteristics of VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks). 3.9 Identify the main characteristics and purpose of extranets and intranets. network protocols and peer and server services). configure the connection.0 Network Implementation – 25% 3. an authentication scheme.1 Identify the basic capabilities (For example: client support.3 Identify the appropriate tool for a given wiring task (For example: wire crimper.5 Identify the purpose. benefits and characteristics of using a firewall. . MS-CHAP (Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). Inc. determine the impact on network functionality of a particular security implementation (For example: port blocking / filtering.2 Identify the basic capabilities needed for client workstations to connect to and use network resources (For example: media.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 2. benefits and characteristics of using a proxy service. RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service).6 Identify the purpose. and physical connectivity. Domain 3.18 Identify authentication protocols (For example: CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol). 3. 3. Includes connection to the following servers: • UNIX / Linux / MAC OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 3. file and print services.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 Specialized Solutions. authentication and encryption). authentication. interoperability.4 Given a remote connectivity scenario comprised of a protocol. punch down tool or tone generator). 3.7 Given a connectivity scenario.1x 2. PAP (Password Authentication Protocol). 3. media tester / certifier. 3. Kerberos and EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol)).

adding or removing network services (For example: DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). identify the utility and interpret the output.11 Identify the purpose and characteristics of fault tolerance: • Power • Link redundancy • Storage • Services 3. authentication failure.0 Network Support – 35% 4. benefits and characteristics of using antivirus software. interference. network hardware or environment). 4. warm and cold sites Domain 4.3 Given a network scenario. 4.8 Given a network troubleshooting scenario involving an infrastructure (For example: wired or wireless) problem. 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. identify the cause of the problem (For example: file services. 7 . 3. identify the cause of a stated problem: • UNIX / Linux / Mac OS X Server • Netware • Windows • Appleshare IP (Internet Protocol) 4. mesh or ring) and including a network diagram.10 Identify the purpose.4 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a client accessing remote network services. protocol configuration.12 Identify the purpose and characteristics of disaster recovery: • Backup / restore • Offsite storage • Hot and cold spares • Hot. Inc. star. print services. physical connectivity and SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) router). identify the network area affected and the cause of the stated failure.5 Given a troubleshooting scenario between a client and the following server environments. Specialized Solutions. identify the cause of a stated problem (For example: bad media. determine the impact of modifying. DNS (Domain Name Service) and WINS (Windows Internet Name Service)) for network resources and users.6 Given a scenario. select the appropriate network utility from the following: • Tracert / traceroute • ping • arp • netstat • nbtstat • ipconfig / ifconfig • winipcfg • nslookup / dig 4.2 Given output from a network diagnostic utility (For example: those utilities listed in objective 4. 4.7 Given a troubleshooting scenario involving a network with a particular physical topology (For example: bus.1).Introduction 3.1 Given a troubleshooting scenario. 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

or if its hundreds of computers spread throughout a high-rise office building. The main distinction between a LAN and a WAN is that a LAN is confined to a limited area whereas a WAN has no geographical limits. When LANs are connected they create a WAN. Even if the network is merely two computers connected by a cable to share information. it is still considered 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. Inc. A LAN is the basic (and smallest) starting point of any computer network. The Internet is the world’s largest WAN. A WAN can connect networks from building to building or across the world. the speed of communication between the computers is typically much faster in a LAN. . Also. 18 Specialized Solutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inc. .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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Novell NetWare The NetWare operating system has been around for a long time.EXE. NetWare is based upon the industry standard X500 directory architecture. management. as well as what kind of access they have. but there will always be data in any network to which access must be restricted. messaging. routing. • NetWare’s popularity is due largely to its ability to provide services across multioperating system environments. and file and print services. a user may logon from anywhere on the network and gain access with all of their assigned rights and privileges intact. In the past. or Pentium machines. Inc. Trustee rights regulate which directories and files a user can access. but it is losing market share to Microsoft servers every year. First. non-shareable. servers. It is a hierarchically organized database that provides security. In this section. name service. It may be installed in either the client or server format. or through NWADMIN. It is a reliable operating system that provides performance and security. or changed. NetWare is administered through NetADMIN. time. See Chapter 10 for more information on network security. groups. which is like the Internet but within a network or company.11 is called IntranetWare.2) was designed to operate on 286 machines. 486.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NOS Packages There are a multitude of network operating systems available for use. which is a DOS-based utility. password. Organization of network resources such as users. It is Novell’s push to gain market share and is a way of creating an Intranet. which is a Windows-based utility. NetWare Directory Services (NDS) NDS (NetWare Directory Services) is the core of the NetWare operating system. Versions 3. we will take a closer look a some of the more popular ones. it was the most popular server operating system. . shared. and volumes is also handled with NDS.11 operate on 386. Directory and file attributes are used to set the types of access for a file or directory such as viewed. Version 6. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. deleted. The earliest version (2. 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. and account restrictions. web-publishing. With NDS’ single point logon. login security provides authentication and verification of user name.5 is now on the market. NetWare Security The purpose of a network may be to share resources. Version 4.12 and 4. NetWare provides more than adequate network security by using a combination of approaches. 42 Specialized Solutions. copied.

You can send messages to individuals or to groups very easily. or directly to the network. You can even send messages to everyone in a group.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. and finally to the printer. The file server and the print server can be the same computer. NetWare Message Handling Service (MHS) MHS may be installed on any server and configured to be a network wide E-mail system. NetWare Minimum Requirements The following are the minimum installation requirements as specified by Novell for installing their server software: Specialized Solutions. 43 . a workstation. Printers may be attached to the server. as well as others. Inc. next to the print server. except an individual workstation. Print requests are first routed to the file server.

0 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS OS/2 1.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Version 2.1 or later and the NetWare Client32 for DOS MS Windows 3.1 or later (Standard or Extended Edition) and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 OS/2 2.5 MB 20 MB Client Software The client software may be installed on any computer running any of the following: • • • • • 44 DOS 3. Inc.11 or OS/2 Warp and the NetWare Client32 for OS/2 Macintosh 6.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 3.X: CPU RAM Free Hard Drive Space Version 4.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.

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

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

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

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

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

centralization of administration. the client computers rely on the server for their resources. an application is unaware that it is working from a network. With the redirector. In a server-based network. and at least be familiar with others. Network operating systems allow a computer to function in a network environment. Without an operating system a computer is just another pile of metal and plastic. The redirector then routes the request to the proper bus accordingly. The main advantages of the server-based network are increased security. Inc. Banyan VINES. and data backups. Windows NT has Server software for the server and Workstation software for client machines. Novell’s NetWare allows for client machines to use a variety of operating systems. Server and client machines typically use different operating systems. 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). Study through the chapter again if you need to. 50 Specialized Solutions. There still are numerous LANs that use a network operating system over a conventional operating system. A key component in a network operating system is the Redirector (called the Requester in Novell NetWare). (UNIX. . Be sure to complete the following exercises and review questions. In a peer-to-peer network. the most popular network operating systems also function as the network operating system. The function of the redirector is to determine whether a requested resource is located locally (on the client computer) or exists on the server (remotely). Today.). etc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Summary Operating systems are the lifeblood of the computer. It is important for the networking professional to know the major network operating systems used today. 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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57 . 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. interpreting graphics commands. and then the Presentation layer of the receiving computer translates the data back into a format that is compatible with the computer. The Session layer organizes data synchronization and also inserts checkpoints in the data. or receive. The presentation layer acts as a translator between an application’s native format and the network. or full-duplex communication. and data encryption. and when. It provides a logical connection between the two devices. As its name implies. If Specialized Solutions. etc. This layer is responsible for establishing. and prepare it for its journey. add any addressing information and error correction information. The Transport layer accepts packets from the Session layer and repackages them.Chapter 3 – The OSI Model and Communication Standards network database. For example. Each connection is called a session. The Transport layer is also responsible for packaging. It is responsible for resizing them before being sent to the destination computer. and error free. Session Layer The Session layer organizes the flow of data between devices. managing. The network redirector operates at this layer. half-duplex. The Transport layer is responsible for delivering data that is in sequence. if the packets are too small. and un-packaging the data for transport. it presents data to the application layer. Sessions may be established using simplex. they will be combined. Presentation Layer The Presentation layer is the translator for the network. It translates data into a format that is compatible with the network. The Session layer controls the communication between the two computers and determines who can transmit. bit ordering. It is also responsible for security and other functions that allow two applications to communicate over the network. Only the data after the last transmission will have to be retransmitted after a failure. This layer is also responsible for data compression. it will break the data into packets. This layer enables computer applications to communicate with applications on remote machines as if they were local. and ending connections. The redirector is responsible for making network services appear to be local services to a computer. (so that an IBM compatible computer may communicate with a Macintosh. The Session layer uses a name lookup service such as NetBIOS to identify and establish sessions between two computers. Transport Layer The Transport layer is responsible for the errorfree delivery of the transmitted data.) character set conversion. In short. protocol conversion. without duplication. Inc.

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

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

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

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

but the following table lists the other names that might be associated with them at the various layers: Physical Layer Data Link Layer Network Layer Transport Layer Session Layer Presentation Layer Application Layer Signals or Bits or Data Stream into Frames Frames into Packets Frames or Datagrams into Segments Segments into data Data Data Data into Data Files or Messages Specialized Solutions. they are sometimes referred to by different names at different layers. Because of this. Inc. 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 .

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

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

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

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

5 802. February 1980). Inc.standards. and if you would like more information on them.10 802. This project is known as the 802 project (named for the year and month the project started.11 802.4 802. The following table lists the 802 standards by category: (The ones you need to know are the ones in bold!) Number 802.2 802. a little surfing might be in order.org There are also many other web sites that discuss these standards.9 802. Inc.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802 Standards In 1980 the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 100BaseVG AnyLAN If you would like more information on these standards. but the two sets of standards were designed to be compatible.8 802.12 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. 68 Specialized Solutions. These standards were prepared before the OSI standards.ieee. (IEEE) formed a committee to create standards for LANs. visit IEEE’s web-site at http://www.1 802. .6 802.3 802.7 802.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.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 . Keyword 802. Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Specialized Solutions. 93 . Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These applications include video. While 10BaseT can and does work with STP cabling. The minimum distance between nodes is . however. The maximum number of nodes per segment is 100 in a 10Base5 system. is 185 meters. 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. indicating its maximum segment length. 10BaseT uses the star topology. to name a few.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards 10BaseT (Twisted Pair) The “10” in 10BaseT indicates that it transmits at 10 Mbps. It transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology. The “5” stands for 5 times 100 meters. The main use for this specification is for long cable runs. (There may be five segments but only three may be populated. And the “T” indicates that it uses Twisted Pair cabling. BNC connectors and a transceiver. it transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology. The actual maximum segment length. The maximum number of nodes per network 90. The two Ethernet standards for 100 Mbps are: • 100BaseVG-AnyLAN Ethernet Specialized Solutions. document and image storage. repeaters can be used for longer distances. 10BaseT has a maximum segment length of 100 meters (Twisted Pair wiring maximum segment length) and it is connected using RJ-45 connectors. Inc.5 meters. The minimum distance between nodes is 2. The maximum number of nodes per segment is 30. 123 . The maximum number of segments containing nodes per network is 3. If the segment must exceed this limitation. 10BaseFL (Fiber Optic) 10BaseFL is the specification for running Ethernet over fiber-optic cable. and the maximum number of segments is 5 with 3 being populated. It transmits at 10 Mbps using baseband technology in a bus topology. As its name implies. 10Base5 (Thicknet) 10Base5 uses Thicknet (coaxial) cable. The maximum number of nodes per network 100. The “Base” indicates that it uses Baseband technology (single channel). it is most commonly created with UTP cable.5 meters. and computer aided design. 10Base2 (Thinnet) 10Base2 uses Thinnet (coaxial) cable with BNC connectors in a Bus topology. The “2” stands for 2 times 100 meters.) This is referred to as the “5-4-3 Rule”. The maximum number of nodes per network is 1024 and the minimum distance between nodes is 2.5 meters. The maximum segment length for 10BaseFL is 2000 meters. meaning 10Base5 has a maximum segment length of 500 meters.

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

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

A computer cannot transmit data in a Token Ring environment unless it possesses the token. This token will travel around the ring until a computer signals that it needs to send data. but is still used today. IBM introduced Token Ring around 1984. Destination Address This is the address of the receiving computer. The cable used is STP and UTP (IBM types 1. the network creates a token when the first computer comes online. 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. The token is actually a stream of data that allows a computer to transmit data on the cable. and it has a transmission speed of 4 or 16 Mbps. The sending computer encodes the data frame with information such as: Start Delimiter This marks the start of the frame. 2. . This is so that no other network computer will try to possess it to transmit data. is what sets Token Ring apart. While the token is in use by a computer to send data. it is a star ring with each node connected to a central hub. Each computer on the network acts as a repeater and regenerates the signal as the token/data frame passes through it. Like Ethernet. it is known as a data frame. It is not as popular as Ethernet. Inc. it uses the baseband technology.5 standard. and 3). Frame Control The information here determines whether the frame is being transmitted to all computers on the network or one specific “end station” computer. 126 Specialized Solutions. primarily in IBM mini and mainframe systems. The data frame is a different type of frame than the token.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Token Ring (802.5) The Token Ring architecture is defined in the IEEE 802. How it Works Basically. Actually. 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). The computer that wants to transmit takes possession of the token. The name Token Ring implies that the physical layout is that of a ring. The physical ring is in the hub and the logical ring represents the data’s path between the nodes. more than the cable design. The Token Ring access method.

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

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

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

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

Obviously.Chapter 5 – Network Protocols & Standards ARCNet ( Attached Resource Computer Network) In 1977 Datapoint Corporation developed the ARCNet technology. but it can be adequately charted to the 802.4 standards (Token Bus LAN). A later version. ARCNet utilizes hubs. the token is passed in numerical order. Inc. These hubs may be passive. but is normally installed using RG-62 A/U coaxial cable. Just like other token-passing access method architectures. Instead of the token traveling around a ring. a token is needed in order for a computer to transmit data. It is a simple and inexpensive network architecture that may use a Bus or Star Bus topology. The ARCNet Plus architecture can hold up to 4096 bytes of data. called ARCNet Plus. the source address and up to 508 bytes of data. or smart. If using either the Star or Bus topology with UTP and RJ-45 or RJ-11 connectors. the token still passes in numerical order. ARCNet can use twisted-pair or fiber-optic cabling.5 Mbps. this can really slow a network down if the computers are not in order. 131 . ARCNet was developed before the IEEE 802 specifications. with coaxial cable and BNC connectors. the maximum cable distance is 244 meters. If computer #1 is at one end of the network and Computer #2 is at the other. It uses a token-passing access method that transmits at 2. active. This distance drops to only 305 meters if using the Bus topology. These packets contain the destination address. the maximum cable distance between the computer and the hub is 610 meters. ARCNet transmits data in packets. Specialized Solutions. has a data transmission rate of 20 Mbps. If using an active hub in a Star topology.

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

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

. 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. 5. What does the “T” in 10BaseT indicate? 10. CSMA/CD and CSMA/CA. What are the three primary access methods? 2. 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. Describe the difference between the two different contention methods. Inc. What type of connectors are used in 10Base5? 12. Describe how data is transmitted in the Token Ring architecture. How is data transmitted over the network cable? 7. 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. 3. Why isn’t token passing considered a contention method? 4. What is the maximum segment length in 10Base2? 11.

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

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

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

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

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

0. For this reason. Making the Choice Making that final decision is often difficult. The use of these addresses will completely prevent the address conflict issue.255. A private network would be a corporate network or an Intranet. it is highly recommended that you use these addresses for your private addressing. the answer will be very obvious. which would limit its access to those outside of the company.0.255 172.255.192. since your organization will more than likely need access to the Internet and networks outside of their LAN.168. For this reason.168. in others it could go either way. If you are not sure you have enough information. When you are sitting on the fence. be sure to follow a disciplined procedure: Collect all your information. Public and Private networks In addition. there are specific addresses that are filtered by the routers at the backbone of the Internet.0 192.255. then you might have an address conflict with another entity on the Internet.0. 10. stick with it and move forward. present each case to the client and let them make the final decision. The only problem is that if your firewall were to come down.0 144 Specialized Solutions. Inc.0 255.255 255.0 -172.32. get more.0. you can use any address that you want to use inside of your own network and behind your firewalls. Once you have made this decision. 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). let us define the difference between the terms public and private network. with open access to the global community.0 . In some cases.255. If all else fails.0. This decision will be the basis for the rest of your network design.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide full-time job for one or more people and may even require the skills of a certified network professional.0 255.0. .0.255. A public network would be the Internet.0. Actually. Prepare a case (on paper) of the pros and cons of each.255.16.0 -10.

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

147 . PCI.Chapter 6 – Network Design Network Equipment Inventory Sheet Item Number: ___________ Type of Equipment: Computer Printer Telecommunication Other If Other: _______________________________________ Location: Identification: Make: Model: Serial #: ____________________________ ____________________________ _____________________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Computer: Processor (Type and Speed) RAM Hard Drive(s) Monitor Video Card Modem Connected Peripherals Bus Type (ISA. etc.) # 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. Inc.

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

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By assigning them a number now.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. Using the inventory sheets and the objectives of the network. Inc. and collect all of the documentation you have been working on. it will make future documentation easier. Start with the location of existing equipment (if any) then draw the location of the new equipment. A Network Layout 150 Specialized Solutions. make a drawing of the facility and each network node. This might be a good time to start identifying each node with a name and number. or the software drawing program that you used to create the layout of the facility.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

52 Mbps Either 155. The following table lists the most common connection types: Connection Type T1 T3 E1 E3 XDSL T1/E1/OC1 Channels 1 28 1 16 N/A Voice Channels DATA RATE (MBPS) 24 672 32 512 N/A 1. whereas the E1 and the E3 are the European standard.8 Mbps 155. 171 .Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network Digital Signal T1 is the most widely used type of digital line. It is capable of 1.520 or 622.080 (can reach 10 Gbps) OC-1 OC-3 ATM 1 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A The T1 and the T3 standard are American.368 Mbps Varies depending ISP. Inc. data.048 Mbps 34. Specialized Solutions.736 Mbps 2. and video signals.544 Mbps 44.544 Mbps transmissions. It can be used to transmit digital voice. faster download than upload 51.

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

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

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

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

connecting a few computers to form a local area network requires cabling and network cards. With early modems. To overcome this and increase the speeds of data transmission via modems. times as fast as the Baud rate.600 bps. there is a limit of 2400 Baud. etc.400 bps. 4. the term Baud has disappeared and been replaced with bps. . The problem with these devices is that they all have limitations that prevent long distance communication. modems have reached a new technology limit of 56. Speeds will range from very slow speeds of 300 bps to 56. Modems are available in both internal (standard expansion card) and external (connected to a serial port and has its own power supply) versions. Today. 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. the Baud rate was equal to the bps. network cards. Therefore. To increase our network beyond a few computers. Modems are classified by a “V” rating. Modems transmit data at various speeds. A modem is a device that makes it possible to communicate long distances over standard telephone lines or cable. Convert the parallel digital data into serial digital data. These speeds are measured as bits per second. This limit cannot be exceeded without encountering signal distortion. Inc. 14. FAX modems will send and receive data at speeds up to 14. As we have already learned. 176 Specialized Solutions. due to the physical characteristics of copper wire and the effects of transmitting signals over long distances.22bis V.400 High-speed version of the V.32 standard. Originally modem speeds were measured in terms of Baud. The following is a list of common “V” ratings: Standard V. and media.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Modems Expanding a network requires an understanding of the additional devices necessary to make the connections.32 V. a given Baud rate could transmit data at 2.600 bps. designers learned how to place several signals within one cycle. The Baud rate equals the frequency in cycles per second that can be transmitted via telephone lines. or over long distances. The name is derived from the words MOdulate and DEModulate. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. However. Sometimes included with the purchase of a computer. With this change. 8. requires some additional hardware that will overcome the limitations of the cables.32bis bps 2400 9600 Notes An old standard.

600 56K modem standard – resolved competition for standard between US Robotic X2 and Rockwell K56 Flex standards. 56.600 Backwards compatible with earlier V. 177 .32terbo.34 V. Will only communicate with another V.32terbo V.90 19.42 V. 57. Inc.200 Not officially a standard yet.Chapter 7 – Expanding a Network V. Specialized Solutions. 28. Backwards compatible with earlier V.FastClass. modems.800 Improved V. modems – error correction standard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It is important that the networking professional have a basic understanding of these classes.294.11000010 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 not easy for us. The result is called a dotted decimal number.967. 202 Specialized Solutions. however. Inc.00100111. the administrator may assign an IP address to each computer (as long as the number is unique).39. Internet IP addresses. So the dotted decimal address of our example is 33. let’s now take a look at IP address numbers.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide TCP/IP Addressing IPv4 Enough talk about IP address names. Although that is easy for a computer. This IP address is a 32-bit binary number. 3rd octet: The value of the 3rd octet in our example is 8. To simplify these addresses. 4th octet: And finally the value of our 4th octet is 194.296 (4. they are broken down into four octets.2 billion) different numbers. Each of these octets represents a number from 0-256.194. are assigned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and these IP addresses are further divided into classes.00001000. An octet is a group of eight binary digits and a period or “dot” separates these octets. If a network is internal and does not access the Internet.8. Imagine how difficult it would be to have to remember a combination of 32 1s and 0s for each address. 2nd octet: The value of the 2nd octet is 39. A basic knowledge of the binary numbering system is required to understand network addressing: The 32-bit binary number: 00100001001001110000100011000010 Broken down into four octets: 00100001. A 32-bit binary number can represent (232) or 4. 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.

An example of a Class C IP address would be 193. The leading bits in the binary representation of a Class C address are always 11 (11000000). you should pay special attention the Classes A. For the Network+ exam.8. Class D and Class E Addresses Class D cannot be used for networks (multicast) and Class E IP addresses are reserved for future use. Class C Addresses These are the most common and are used for smaller networks. 203 .39.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials IP Addresses The dotted decimal number is further broken down into two components. The first octet (33) would identify the network (Network ID) and the rest of the octets would identify the host (Host ID) 39. Class B Addresses This class is assigned to medium sized networks. The first octet of a Class C address is always a number between 192-223. The first two octets identify the network (Network ID) and the last two octets identify the host (Host ID). The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class A address is always 0 (00000000). Depending on the assignment. The octet(s) on the left represents the Network ID (Network ID) and the octet(s) on the right represents the Host ID (Host ID).8.194 would be the Host ID. 01-126 128-191 192-223 (leading bit = 0) (leading bit = 1) (leading bits =11) Specialized Solutions.194 where the Network ID would be 193.8.39.8 and the Host ID would be 194. An example of a Class B IP address would be 129. only the first octet is used for the Network ID and all three remaining octets identify the host (Host ID). The class can be determined by the value of the first octet.39. B and C. (A host may be any device on the network.194. In this class the first three octets are used for the Network ID and only the last octet is used for the Host ID. Within classes. There are five common classes: A through E.39. Class A Class B Class C Class A Addresses If the network applying for Internet IP addresses is extremely large.194 would be an example of a Class A address. The leading bit in the binary representation of a Class B address is always 1 (10000000). The example we used to define a dotted decimal address of 33.) The first octet in a Class A address is always a number between 1 and 126. The two octets in the center can be either assigned to the Network ID or the Host ID.8.194. Inc.39 would be the Network ID and 8. The first octet in a Class B address is always a number between 128 and 191. the network is divided into classes. In this case 129. The class of the IP address determines which octets identify the Network ID and which octets identify the Host ID. the first octet on the left is always part of the Network ID and the last octet on the right is always part of the Host ID.

so there are only 254 addresses available for hosts. there are 16. if a network is going to be connected to the Internet. Inc. Class B . This is the loopback address. the Network ID of 127 designates the local node and allows that node to send a test packet to itself without generating network traffic.used for smaller networks that do not exceed 254 hosts. Class C has a large number of Network IDs and only a few Host IDs.191 192 . and they are responsible for the assignment and regulation of IP addresses. All in use and no longer available.0. you must petition the official Internet authorities for the assignment of a network address.534 possible Host ID numbers. (For example.used by very large networks. with the least number of Network IDs. B or C address.126 128 . You can see that Class A has the largest number of hosts. . As we mentioned earlier. 204 Specialized Solutions. there are only 65.1) Class A . Also.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Since a Class A Network ID uses the remaining three octets to assign numbers for the Host ID. Note: The existing shortage of addresses has made it impossible to obtain a Class A address for a long time. This organization is called InterNIC (Internet Network Information Center). there are some IP addresses that are reserved for special purposes: Addresses that begin with 127 and 224 through 255 are used for testing purposes and for multicasting and are not available for normal host addresses.777. Class B IP addresses are all in use and no longer available.214 possible Host ID numbers. Class C . Class C IP addresses are still available.223 In addition. specifically 127. Likewise.used for medium-sized networks. Use the following table to memorize the different classes: CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C 1 . 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. Class C uses three octets for the Network ID and only one for the Host ID.0. Class B uses two octets for the Network ID and two octets for the Host ID.

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

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.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Unicast addresses can be broken down further into four sub-groups: Global aggregatable address. is an address for a group of hosts within a scope and has a FF00::/8 prefix. An aggregatable global address uses a fixed prefix of 2000::/3. All in all. Multicast. 206 Specialized Solutions. Link-Local addresses use the FE80::/10 prefix and are used by hosts on a local link. just like 127. . Inc.0. The Loopback address in IPv6 is 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 or ::1. Finally. IPv4-compatible IPv6 addresses have zeros in the section beyond the normal IPv4 32-bit address (0:0:0:0:0:0:A:B:C:D or ::A:B:C:D) Anycast is an address for a set of interfaces that typically belong to different hosts and is delivered to the closest one.0. A Site-local address uses the prefix FEC0::/10 and can be regarded as private addresses.1 with IPv4. which replaces broadcast. Site-local address. Link-local address and IPv4-compatible address.

0 255.0 Class A (16. you can reduce the overall network traffic. Specialized Solutions.255. The purpose of a subnet mask is to determine the network portion of the IP address.0.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Subnetting Subnetting is the process of creating more than one private network from one public network address by customizing your subnet mask.777.534 hosts) Class C (254 hosts) Note: You cannot use IP addresses with all 1s or all 0s. separating it from the host portion of the address.00000000.0 (Class B).0. The number of 0s determines the maximum number of available hosts within the sub-network.0. Anding is the binary addition that the router uses to make this determination. a router can determine which addresses are local and which addresses are for other subnets within the network.0.0.0 255. have all 1s to the left and all 0s to the right. Since a router connects each subnet. You can use a subnet mask that does not completely use all the bits in an octet. You must however. Subnet masks with full octets (255) are the default subnet mask.0 In regard to classful addressing .255. a large university may have a network spread over several buildings and perhaps remote campuses.255. the results will be the actual network portion of that IP address (not necessarily the default network portion determined by its class). Before looking at anding. 255. or 225. Default Subnet Masks 255.0. By using subnets. In this example.0 (Class C). 207 .00000000 or 255. which uses a certain logic to determine the network portion of the address. lets look at subnet masks.0 (Class A).255. Inc. If you “and” the IP address to the subnet mask.216 hosts) Class B (65.255. all the traffic within a building or campus will be kept locally except when it needs to go to another subnet.0.255.255. For example. 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.11111111. a subnet mask can be 255. only the traffic that is not local will pass through. By using a concept called anding. For example: 11111111. This is done with binary addition (anding).

0.00000000.0) Noticing that all the places that have ones. The following tables summarize IP addresses and subnet masks: 208 Specialized Solutions.194) 11111111.7.8. Those 11 bits equal a network portion of 33.224.00100000.00000000 (255.32 and the Host ID is 7.11100000.8. The remaining 21 bits in the IP address is the host portion This equals 7.11000010 (33.194 is determined by the zeros in the subnet mask.32. Therefore in our example the Network ID is 33. let’s and it to the subnet mask of 255.39. Since the subnet mask only goes 3 bits into the second octet.8. and through leaving only the digits for the network portion or 33. Inc.194. using our previous example of 33. Any local addresses will not pass through. it recognizes the first 11 bits as the network portion of this address.0) equals 00100001. while the Host ID 0. 00100001. It is common in TCP/IP to omit the trailing octets in the Network ID and the leading octets in the Host ID.00000000 (33.0.00100111.8. thus reducing the traffic on the rest of the network.0.0.32. By using this method.00001000. .32.194. a router can determine if a message is for a destination on the local network or for a machine on a remote segment. The network and host portions do not break down neatly into octets since the subnet mask does not take up a complete second octet.0.224.39.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Remember.00000000.8. for binary addition: 1+1=1 1+0=0 0+0=0 Now.194.0.

0 255.255. Connect a mix of network technologies (Ethernet and Token Ring). Determine the number of Host IDs per subnet. A unique network ID is required for each subnet and each wide area network.a.384 2.a.0.0 255.c Default Subnet Mask 255.0 Number of Networks 126 16. Be sure to include some room for growth of the network. There are several reasons to divide a network in this manner.b. • • • • Connect physically remote local networks.255. each TCP/IP printer network interface and each router interface on each subnet.255.0 255.b.b.a.a.534 254 How to Subdivide a Network The process of subdividing a network into logical units is called subnetting or subnetworking.0 Maximum Networks and Hosts per Class Class A B C Default Subnet Mask 255.0. There are steps to follow when subnetting: Determine the number of Network IDs required.0. A unique host ID is required for each TCP/IP computer network interface card.b. Reduce network traffic by limiting broadcast and local traffic to a single segment.0.097. Inc.b.255.0.255. 209 .Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Default Subnet Mask and Network Classes Class A B C IP Address 001.c to 191.a.c 192.c to 126.152 Number of Hosts 16.0 255.216 65. it will require an address for each subnet. Specialized Solutions.c to 223.a.0.255. If a router is connected to two subnets.b.c 128. Allows an unlimited number of hosts to communicate.777.

We will use an InterNIC ID of 191. We do this by using bits from the next octet or octets as part of our network addresses that we assign. The following table shows the subnet mask created by borrowing bits and how it will affect our network.0 255.255.255.128 255. you will need to start with the network ID supplied by InterNIC.255.255. Inc.255.000 hosts.255.240 255. You should remember the formula 2n-2 where n is the number of bits borrowed. we are increasing the number of network addresses that we can use and decreasing the number of host.248 255. we will notice that this is a Class B network and therefore the default subnet mask will be 255.255.255.0 255.248.224. With this number.36.240.255.0 255.255.255. Class B Subnet Mask (2 to 14 bits borrowed) 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 16.224 255. As we begin to subnet.255.255.255.255.0 255.0.255. To begin this process.255.192 255.252. we have one network with approximately 65. First.254.255. We use this formula to determine the number of subnets that will be created by borrowing bits from the hosts.0 255.192.0 255.382 Hosts N/A 8190 4096 2046 1022 510 254 126 62 30 14 6 2 210 Specialized Solutions.255.0.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Define the Subnet Mask The goal is to define one subnet mask for the entire internetwork that gives the desired number of subnets and allows enough hosts per subnet.255.0 255.255. .

you can use the scientific calculator supplied with any Windows operating system.192 255. let’s add 4 more for future expansions.248 255.255. Now we get out our Windows calculator. Make sure that it is in scientific view (that’s the big calculator). lets keep our network ID of 191.255.Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials Class C Subnet Mask (2 to 6 bits borrowed) 255. the question is how many bits of the third octet do we need to use? After examining our network requirements. giving us a total requirement of 18. Enter the value of 18.255. Inc.252 Bits 2 3 4 5 6 Subnets 0 6 14 30 62 Hosts N/A 30 14 6 2 To make this easy. 211 . 2. Just to be on the safe side. Make sure that the decimal mode (Dec) is selected.255.255. We already know that the first two octets will be 10111111 00100100 from this ID.255.255.240 255. we determine that we will need 14 subnets to meet our current needs.255.255. For this example. 1. Specialized Solutions. 3.36 as assigned to us by InterNIC.224 255.255. Change the mode to binary (Bin). The number 18 will now be in binary (10010).

you can determine the available Network IDs. Also notice that had we chosen 14 (no allowance for growth).000 hosts each. To keep things simple. Had we needed to add a new subnet. our answer would have been to use 4 bits and we would have been limited to a maximum of 14 subnets.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 4.0. For this example. This will actually allow us up to 30 subnets with 2. instead of selecting the next subnet on our list.248. This will be the number of bits required for the third octet. let’s look at the subnets for the subnet mask of 255. . Inc. Determine the Network IDs One you determine the number of subnets required and the subnet mask.255. the subnet mask would be 255.0 and the network address of 192.255.36.224. we would have had to reconfigure the entire network. 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.

213 . If it is different.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 192.32 192. these are reserved for broadcast addresses. Inc.001 in the last octet.36.128 192.36.36.) Specialized Solutions.0. The zeros indicate the location of the Host ID.64 192. For example. up to and including the remaining digits not used with the subnet ID.36 (overall network address) 192. A Class B network default subnet mask would be 255. The sending computer checks the octets of the destination address against its own to determine if the destination computer is on the local network or a remote network. This indicates that the Network ID is located in the first octet of the network address.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). (If the sending computer and the destination computer have the same subnet mask.255. indicating that the Network ID is contained in the first two or three octets respectively.255.0. and continues up to one less than the subnet ID of the next subnet. The only restrictions are that you cannot use .255. or one that is located on a remote network.160 192. 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. the sending computer will send the message to a router for delivery.96 192. on a Class A network the default subnet mask would be 255.0.36. In dotted-decimal format.0. this means that the number starts with .000 or . they are on the same network.0 and the default Class C subnet mask would be 255.255.36.

0.0 255.191 192 .255. .Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide NETWORK CLASS CLASS A CLASS B CLASS C DEFAULT SUBNET MASK 255. Inc.223 214 Specialized Solutions.255.0 CLASS ID 1 .0 255.255.0.0.126 128 .

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

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

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. Inc. 217 .Chapter 8 – TCP/IP Essentials KEYWORDS Exercise Define each of the following keywords. Hint: There’s a glossary in the back of this book.

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

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

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you can remotely monitor any SNMP compatible device. 221 . 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. 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.SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is an open protocol that allows third party software vendors to create products to manage networks.Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities One of the advantages of using TCP/IP as your network protocol is that it comes with several utilities that you can use to validate and troubleshoot the network. Network Managers . you can obtain several third party software packages that will help you manage a network. The data is then compiled in a database called a MIB (Management Information Base). Specialized Solutions. From the database and the software interface. In addition. Inc.

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

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

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. Inc. . clicking Run. 224 Specialized Solutions.

Ping -t performs a continuous ping and ping -n pings the IP address more than once.Chapter 9 – TCP/IP Utilities TROUBLESHOOTING TOOLS TCP/IP also provides several useful troubleshooting tools. 225 . NSLOOKUP -t shows all records of the type specified. Arp -s is used to change the IP address of a device. which might be 0000-05-67-FF-33. NSLOOKUP -s lists well-known services of clients in the domain. Specialized Solutions.12. IFCONFIG IFCONFIG displays the status of the network interface configuration. IPCONFIG/WINIPCFG These commands are the same. the IP of a host might be 192.168. NSLOOKUP -d shows all records for the domain. and will often respond even when higher-level TCP-based services cannot. ARP ARP will allow you to find the physical address (MAC address) of a computer by using the IP address of that computer. Inc. IPCONFIG is entered from a DOS prompt and WINIPCFG can be used from RUN on the START menu. PING The lowest level test to find out if you have connectivity to a remote host. and you would use this IP to find its MAC address or its physical address. Arp -a displays the current ARP entries (resolved IP to MAC addresses) on your client. and will display the current configuration of a computer. NSLOOKUP a shows aliases of clients in the domain. You should use this command when you want to verify a user’s configuration or if there are problems reaching a remote host. NSLOOKUP This command is used to troubleshoot DNS problems and can display the DNS entry for a given IP address. Ping works at the IP level. The following three are the most common and are covered in more detail in the next chapter. For example.1. RARP RARP accomplishes the reverse of the ARP by using the known MAC address to find a host’s IP address. NSLOOKUP -h shows CPU and operating system information for the domain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are using Windows.6. 2000. XP. WINIPCFG.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide Notice that the IP address of this computer is 195.55. Inc. This command is only for Windows 9x and ME and will not work on a Windows NT.48. 258 Specialized Solutions. . or 2003 system. your dialog box will look like the following. WINIPCFG You can now PING that address to determine if the network card and protocol stack for the computer are working properly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 802.9 802.x Standard 802.x Standards The IEEE 802 standards work in the Physical and Data Link layers of the OSI Model.2 802.10 802.3 802.1 802. 802.11 802.5 802.6 802.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide IEEE 802. They also divide the Data Link Layer into two sub-layers: Logical Link Control and Media Access Controls.8 802. Inc.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.4 802. .

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

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

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

x 128. x. Subnet masks are assigned according to the following three classes: Class A B C IP Address 001.x.x Default Subnet Mask 255.255. x.255.777.0.x. Repeaters Computers Devices Subnet Masking Subnet masks are used to divide an IP address into its network address and host address.x to 223.214 65.x.097.x 192.x to 191.x to 126.0. .x.255.x. Hubs.0 255.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide OSI Model and Connectivity Devices: Layer Number 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Name Application Presentation Gateways Session Transport Network Data Link Physical Routers Brouter Bridges Switches NICs.x.x.0 255.0 Number of Networks 126 16.x.384 2.x.534 254 274 Specialized Solutions. Inc.152 Number of Host 16.x.0.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Network Layer 6. Which OSI layer makes routing decisions? The Network layer Specialized Solutions. A router operates at the _________layer of the OSI model. Data compression takes place at the __________ layer of the OSI. It is a computer’s physical address. 307 . simply a support layer that allows an application to use the network by acting as a translator. Inc. The ____________ layer is responsible for the mechanical and electrical functions of transmitting data over a network. 9. Which OSI layer is responsible the MAC address? The Data Link layer 8. Which OSI layer is responsible for establishing. 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. Presentation layer 7.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 4. Data Link layer 5. A bridge operates at the ________ layer of the OSI model. 11. Physical 10. 13. managing. What is the function of the Presentation Layer? The Presentation layer is the translator for the network. and ending connections? The Session layer 12. 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. What is the 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.

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

Inc. 20. . 18. It does this by transmitting a signal every seven seconds. Since no other computer can transmit while one computer has the token.5 standard 16.5 says it travels clockwise.Network + Training & Test Preparation Guide 14. Which IEEE Specification defines Token Ring? The IEEE 802. 314 Specialized Solutions. Which IEEE Specification defines Ethernet? The IEEE 802. Describe beaconing as it applies to Token Ring architecture.3 standard 15. 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. What are the two transmission speeds of Token Ring? 4 Mbps and 16 Mbps 17. Any connector can be connected to another MIC connector. It also ensures that only one token is traveling the ring at a time and investigates any frames that have traveled around the ring more than once. It is more commonly set up to travel clockwise. A SMAU may have the capability to shut down a connection that is producing errors thereby allowing the rest of the network to function. Which way does data travel in a Token Ring network? Which way data travels in a Token Ring network is a matter of convention. How are data collisions avoided in the Token Ring architecture? A computer must posses the token in order to transmit data. If a computer doesn’t receive an expected signal from its upstream neighbor it will notify the monitor that a problem may exist. while IBM says that it travels counter-clockwise. The main thing is that data only travels in one direction on a Token Ring network. It can be either depending upon how it is set up. MIC (Media Interface Connectors) are connectors that have neither male nor female ends. 19. This is a hub that has all of the features of an active hub (regenerates or amplifies the signal) with additional capabilities such as certain network management functions. Describe a MIC connector. IEEE 802. They are also called hermaphrodite connectors. however. This signal is called beaconing and it travels from computer to computer. data collisions are avoided. 21.

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

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

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

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

U U U U 12. List as many as you can. SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) 3. What kind of software package can you purchase to help analyze your network? Network Management Software is used to analyze network traffic and network status. 319 . Event Viewer. NETSTAT and TRACERT. TCP/IP provides several tools that you can use to validate the statistics of your network. Subnetting is the process of breaking an IP address into _________ and ________ groups Subnetting is the process of breaking an IP address into meaningful and manageable groups. 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. You are the manager of a large network and have been getting complaints about the system being slow. Inc.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers 11. NBTSTAT. ROUTE. each device will need to be _________ compliant. 2. In order for your new network management software to monitor the activities of the entire network.

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

8. After repairing a problem. WINIPCFG from the RUN command. 321 . Isolate the Problem. Inc. Specialized Solutions. and think it might be shorted. You are troubleshooting a cable problem. You have just connected a workstation to the network. The fox and hound. 3. 6.Appendix F – Chapter Review Questions and Answers Review Questions Chapter 11 1. You need to know the IP address of a workstation. You have located the cable in question #3. What tool would you need to find the short? TDRs (Time-Domain Reflectometers) are used to locate shorts in cables. What are the three primary steps to take when troubleshooting? The three steps to troubleshooting are: Define the Problem. What is the easiest way to tell if the network card can “see” the network? If the network card has indicator lights. you should see the green light that indicates that the network card has detected the presence of a network.0. are you finished with the troubleshooting process? NO – You still need to confirm the repair and document the problem and solution. 2. You are working with a TCP/IP network and want to confirm the protocol stack in a specific workstation. You have found the cabinet with the patch panel and hub. What is the loopback IP address? 127. 5. What utility can you use to confirm the protocol stack is good? PING the loopback IP. 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. but need to know which of the 50 cables goes to the accounting office. 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. 4.0.1 7. and Repair the Problem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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