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I am having a hard time understanding networking. The terminology seems "greek" and so I don't understand.
Could you recommend some good sites for BASIC learning of networking?

Thanks.
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Question by:Fermion
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by:sunray_2003
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Fermion,

You have asked a very general question for which you are going to see lot of websites.

What exactly are you planning to learn in networking ? If you want to learn basic networking , then why dont you get a book like "Networking for dummies". It is a good book and you can learn the basics.
When you search on the web , you are going to get lot of sites
See a  google search on " Basics of networking" , is going to give this http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=basics+of+networking

Each site would be useful. you would have to concentrate on one specific website or one particular area to know about networking..

Post back if you are looking for specific details

SR
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by:lrmoore
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Other resources to search for = "networking 101"
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=networking+101

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by:lefty431
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What do you want to know about it?  Do you have something specific that you need help with?  Post it and we will all pitch in to help you understand.
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by:TRobertson
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http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/beginnersguides/
About.com usually has very good beginners guides.  Take a look at the link above for a few with some general guides and some focused topics.
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by:illogik
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Go to www.warriorsofthe.net and watch the movie.  It's more about how data travels over networks but it's still worth watching.  It has Tron feel to it.  
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by:rameshbalda
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well to learn basics of networking i say ke u should go to www.howsruffworks.com and serch there fot the
keyword there u can see exacty wat a n/w is and how it and ech of it's part works.this site contains pictures a
animation to explain better.
to get online tutorials u can visit:-

http://www.keisercollege.edu/ecampus/Admissions/Networking2.htm
www.ksouonline.org
www.sonicwall.com/services/pdfs/eTrainingCourseOutlines/Network1_NetworkingMediaTopologiesTroubleshooting.pdf
www.black-collegian.com/career/networking1999-1st.shtml 
www.black-collegian.com/career/networking-grad02.shtml

and one more the best is:
www.cisco.com

for wireless n/w:-
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1428

u can also read the following books:-
William Stallings, "Data and Computer Communications", Prentice-Hall - Sixth Edition (for those who want to review basics of networking).
Computer networks by andrew s. tenaunboum


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by:rameshbalda
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that site is www.howstuffworks.com
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by:Fermion
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Sunray and others: Thanks for your responses. To address your questions, I do not have a specific networking question(at this time!), but I repair home computers frequently and the rapid onslaught of home and small office networking has encouraged me to learn the skills necessary to handle those repairs as well.
I am an above average learner, but not so much that I can readily grasp vague concepts in material meant to be read by those with some familiarity of the subject. I have no such familiarity. So, I do not want to waste my time trying to study a book or web-site that rapid-fires terminology meant for quicker minds or earlier familiarity. I would rather study the concept of networking in such a way as if I know NOTHING about it at all(which is essentially true), so that I can later comprehend the more advanced books/web-sites.
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by:JonSh
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Fermion, one way to understand networking *the way you seem to want to* would be to take 3 computers with network cards, an ethernet hub and 3 ethernet cables, hook them together and try to make them work.  Pay attention to(learn about)  what the individual wires in an ethernet cable do (thinking of rs-232 here might help you conceptualize), what software the workstations needed to load to communicate across those cables (protocol drivers and client software at a minimum) and things like that.  realize that there are many networking protocols available at the networking layer (refers to the OSI networking model) such as TCP/IP, IPX, NETbeui, SNA, Vines_IP, etceteras (ad_infinitum) as well as many physical layer protocols/specifications (take a long walk through the 802.x specs with particular attention to 802.2, 802.3, 802.4, 802.5 and 802.6).  Go look up NRZI and Winchester encoding while you are thinking about electrical impulses on a wire.  Then come back and ask more questions.

Also, some things become self-evident if you look at function....for instance, all networks at a high level perform much of the same functions....if you can reason out what a network does functionally you can look for those features in any networking product that you come across.   Things like message delivery, sharing resources......

LOL....and theh study the OSI layer model again, and the GOSIP model too :)

(I feel kinda brave actually offering up specifics for this question lol )
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by:Fermion
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I like the links from XSINUX and rameshbalda, as well as the excellent advice from JonSh. NICE!!

Thanks everyone.
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