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Practical Network Design Techniques

A Complete Guide For WANs and LANs, 2nd Edition

By Gilbert Held, S. Ravi Jagannathan

Auerbach Publications

344 pages | 116 B/W Illus.

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The authors of Practical Network Design Techniques, Second Edition: A Complete Guide for WANs and LANs build upon the popular first edition by combining pre-existing network design fundamentals with new material on LAN devices and topologies, wireless local networks, and LAN internetworking issues.

This new edition has two parts. The first part focuses on wide area networks; the second, which is entirely new, focuses on local area networks. Because Ethernet emerged victorious in the LAN war, the second section pays particular attention to Ethernet design and performance characteristics.

The volume retains much valuable information from the first edition, and integrates and prominently highlights WAN information that is also relevant to the LAN design process.

To maximize the book's utility, the authors include a number of practical networking problems and their solutions, along with examples of methods needed to perform economic comparisons among differing communications services and hardware configurations. The second edition provides a thorough understanding of major network design problems and is an invaluable reference for data communications professionals.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Rationale

Book Overview

WIDE AREA NETWORK DESIGN TECHNIQUES

Transmission Characteristics

Communications Constraints

Information Transfer Rate

BISYNC Communications Protocol Models

Wide Area Network Line Facilities and Economic Tradeoffs

Line Connections

Leased versus Switched Facility Analysis

Additional Analog Facilities to Consider

Digital Facilities

Multiplexing, Routing, and Line Sharing Equipment

Multiplexers and Data Concentrators

Routers

Modem- and Line-Sharing Units

Locating Data Concentration Equipment

Graph Theory and Network Design

Equipment Location Techniques

Multidrop Line Routing Techniques

Multidrop Routing Algorithms

Automating the Minimum-Spanning-Tree Process

Considering Network Constraints

Summary

Sizing Communications Equipment and Line Facilities

Sizing Methods

Telephone Terminology Relationships

Traffic Measurements

The Erlang Traffic Formula

The Poisson Formula

Applying the Equipment Sizing Process

LOCAL AREA NETWORK DESIGN TECHNIQUES

LAN Devices

Stations and Segment

Repeaters

Hubs

Bridges

LAN Switches

Routers

Brouters

Gateways

File Servers

LAN Topologies

Introduction

Key Topologies

Pros and Cons of Different Topologies

Structured Cabling System

Medium Access Control (MAC) Protocols

LAN Architecture Evolution

Geometric Limitations of LANs

Fiber Channel Topologies

A Tutorial on the Ethernet Family of LANs

Introduction

Transmission Media

A Excursion into the Ethernet Family

LAN Ethernet Design

Switches Revisited

Ethernet Performance Characteristics

Introduction

Frame Operations

Availability Levels

Network Traffic Estimation

An Excursion into Queuing Theory

Ethernet Performance Details

Bridging a Network

Issues at the Network, Transport and Application Layers

Internetworking Overview

Protocol Architecture

Design Issues

Routing and Route Protocols

Routing Revisited

Excursion into the Transport Layer

Multimedia Service

Some Delay Time Calculations

Wireless LANs

Introduction

Media Considerations

Transmission Issues

WLAN Topology

Wireless Standards

WLAN Design Considerations

Wireless LAN Switching

LAN Internetworking Issues

Introduction

Overview of Internetworking Concepts

Switching Overview

The Tiered (Layered) Approach

Evaluating Backbone Capabilities

Distribution Services

Local Access Services

Constructing Internets by Design

Using Switches (Revisited)

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM043000
COMPUTERS / Networking / General
TEC041000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications