This book is designed for anybody new to internetworking. It covers what one might refer to as the Internet's technical infrastructure. The software on your desktop-the Web browser, FTP software, or ICQ messenger-is only the tip of the iceberg. Over the past 30 years, an ever-growing group of dedicated computer scientists, telecommunications engineers, and programmers have been busy designing and building a global infrastructure that is revolutionizing commerce and culture alike. Internetworking has taken on a language all its own-separate even from that used by the computer industry at large.
This book is for aspiring professionals interested in learning about the networking giant, managers in the computing industry whose knowledge of internetworking is weak, computer platform and software pros, and even individuals in the general public with a taste for technology.
This book is for those interested in the Internet and internetworking, not just in Cisco. Technology basics are covered generally before delving into Cisco particulars. Cisco is used for all examples in this book because it has the biggest and most comprehensive product line in the industry and is still the most important player in the field.
For those of you interested in pursuing Cisco certification, read this book to be introduced to industry background, concepts, terms, and technology. Then go on to a test preparation book to nail down your CCNA test. Certainly the most popular of these guides is the CCNA test prep book, CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition, by Todd Lammale.