network tutorial

i am not a network guy but like to enter into this field....i know nothin about networks so i need to know the links from where i can get the basic things about networking in pdf format or any other which i can take prinouts......i need to start from the scratch...

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I would deffinately try to pick up some books on networking

these books are great for the beginer:

Networking for dummies
Tcp/Ip for dummies
how networks work

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there is one more good book called "computer networks" by andrew tannenbaum.
this however has much theory about the networks. if you accompany that theory with hands on experience, the book can be a best teacher for u.
I agree with kingshag

Going to a computer show and picking up a couple of 400 mhz computers for 150$ each with monitor
would be good.  I personaly have a home network of 10 computers.  Unfortunatly I can not keep them fired up because it heats my house up too much.  I thought of leaving them on and opening up
a bakery.

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These guys do have a point I wouldn't go to the extremes of 10 computers but actually working with netoworks is the best teacher But I still believe you should read up on it and your learning will increase by actually reading learning then putting into action.
carchitectAuthor Commented:
well right now i am working with an ISP so i have enough systems here to test with. thx for all the support. i have got computer networks by tanenbaum and started reading it also....but i was alos looking for some nice links which can tell me some thing about history of networks , how they originated...some basic concepts like ip addressing that i can be up with my current job

carchitectAuthor Commented:
i just have one pc at home which is celeron 266 (old) with 96MB dual boot windows 98 and linux 7.3..I am trying to get one more old pc for some testing...and would really like to go on with ur suggestions
even a single machien can teach u a lot...i had a p166, 16mb ram, 2 gb hdd....
that machine i used for 3 years and learnt most of the windowsnt and linux..

u can try to spend time here on EE itself or also at or similar handson site...

all the best...
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