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    BKINTCHB.RVW 990220 Internetworking Technologies Handbook , Kevin Downes et al, 1998, 1-57870-102-3, U$50.00/C$71.95 %A Kevin Downes %A Merilee Ford %A
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      "Internetworking Technologies Handbook", Kevin Downes et al, 1998,
      1-57870-102-3, U$50.00/C$71.95
      %A Kevin Downes
      %A Merilee Ford
      %A H. Kim Lew
      %A Steve Spanier
      %A Time Stevenson
      %C 201 W. 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290
      %D 1998
      %G 1-57870-102-3
      %I Macmillan Computer Publishing (MCP)
      %O U$50.00/C$71.95 800-858-7674 317-581-3743 info@...
      %P 856 p.
      %T "Internetworking Technologies Handbook, Second Edition"

      The preface says that the book supports administrators installing
      Cisco networking products. But it also says that the content is for
      anyone seeking to understand internetworking. This somewhat
      schizophrenic direction is readily apparent in part one, whose six
      chapters purport to be an introduction to internetworking. On the one
      hand, the text seems to take the most simplistic possible route
      linking what appear to be already prepared sets of figures. On
      occasion, however, we are presented with a flurry or poorly explained
      thickets of standards numbers and TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms).
      Ultimately, very little is properly illuminated for the reader. Part
      two looks at some LAN standards, presenting quick outtakes from
      partial Ethernet, FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface), and token
      ring specs. Frame relay, High-Speed Serial Interface, ISDN
      (Integrated Services Digital Network), PPP (Point to Point Protocol),
      SMDS (Switched Multimegabit Data Service), xDSL (various forms of
      Digital Subscriber Line), SDLC (Synchronous Data Link Control), X.25,
      multiservice technologies, and Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are
      summed up in almost less space than it takes to list them in part
      three. Switching, in part four, is quite variable: ATM (Asynchronous
      Transfer Mode) and data-link switching get a level of detail
      completely unsupported by the previous material while LAN switching is
      dismissed in five pages. Part five looks at various, mostly vendor
      supplied, networking protocols, including Appletalk, DECnet, SNA
      (Systems Network Architecture), TCP/IP, NetWare, OSI (Open System
      Interconnection), Vines, and XNS (Xerox Network Systems). (The review
      of TPC/IP actually isn't half bad.) Border Gateway Protocol (BGP),
      Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), SNA routing, IP multicast,
      NetWare Link Services Protocol (NLSP), OSI routing, Open Shortest Path
      First (OSPF), Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP), Routing
      Information Protocol (RIP), and a discussion of quality of service
      make up the look at routing in part six. Part seven, on the other
      hand, is a very good introduction to Internet access issues for the
      non-professional, with reasonable reviews of security, directory
      services, and, to a lesser extent, caching. Network management
      returns to the earlier inconsistent approach in its treatment of IBM
      network management, RMON (Remote Monitoring), and SNMP (Simple Network
      Management Protocol) in part eight.

      Some vendor sponsored books manage to rise above their origins. This
      is not one that does. While the text is mercifully free of marketing
      and promotion, the material is suitable for neither the newcomer
      looking for concepts and insight or the professional looking for hard
      data. The title really cannot be said to be justified on any level.
      I can't recommend it for those not installing Cisco products, and I
      really doubt that it could be honestly recommended to Cisco customers,
      either.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999 BKINTCHB.RVW 990220

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