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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco(R) PIX (TM) Firewalls
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Richard Deal
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Errortastic!


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Basically the author meant well & goes in depth into all aspects of the PIX, the book was well ordered and logical.
That said - the grammar & explanations weren't always up to their best.. but the best bit of all was in the erros ..sorry errors.
Errors in text, spelling, diagrams - it got to the stage where I didn't trust any of the diagrams & would double-check it all against cisco's site..
All-in-all - good try but let down awfully by the errata.
If you disagree with me try my website htp:/200.200.200.928
...as it would appear in the book........
MS



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Wireless Local-Area Network Fundamentals
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Pejman Roshan, Jonathan Leary
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Meat and Potatoes with plenty of gravy


I recently read the title "802.11 Wireless LAN Fundamentals" by Pejman Roshan and Jonathan Leary. ISBN: 1587050773. You've heard the saying that good things come in small packages. Well, this title reinforces that statement. The book is packed with information regarding 802.11 Wireless LAN's. Don't be thrown by the title into thinking that this book only covers the basics. In fact, this book covers the basics and much, much more. The book starts off with fundamental concepts of Ethernet Technologies. Not enough to be a great Ethernet reference, but enough to refresh your memory or to get the flavor of Ethernet once again. The book then explains the essential concepts of Wireless LAN's. After some needed high level concepts are covered the book dives into the bits and bytes of Wireless networking, leaving nothing for the imagination. The physical layer details are covered extremely well in this book. There are great depictions that show the different modulation types, frame formats and field definitions of 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g.
An extremely important topic on Wireless security is cover better in this book than any other source that I've found. A chapter has been dedicated to the topic. The author's first breaks down the weaknesses in wireless networks then explain how to secure the Wireless network. This chapter is loaded with supporting diagrams and figures.
The other challenging topic of Roaming is covered in this book. The chapter goes into the protocol codes that allow mobility to be successful and the author's show a few ways in which mobility can be accomplished from a technical perspective.
QoS for 802.11, or 802.11e, is a great section pertaining to QoS in a shared media wireless environment. The chapter is a bit complex and allows some of the more advanced networking professionals to bite off as much as they can chew.
The book covers all the radio essentials that one would need to firmly grasp this technology without delving into the complex math behind it all.
The title wraps up with great examples of site survey and design considerations. The authors give sound advise on how to approach the deployment of a wireless network that will scale to meet the needs of future Wireless network growth.
With the help of the support glossary in the back, I'm much more versed on the smorgasbord of new acronyms and the technology itself, that Wireless LAN's have introduced to Networking community. The glossary makes for a great quick reference. What book would be complete without a good index. This book has a pretty good index that has most any wireless related acronym at your finger tips. Great for a quick find.
There are several figures, diagrams and tables in this book. Much more than what I've seen in most other books. The supporting figures, diagrams and tables help a great deal with sorting out the terms and concepts of this simple yet complex technology. The information in the book is mainly standards based and not much, if any, Cisco centric information. Which make this title valuable for anyone seeking to understand Wireless LAN's.
This book is best suited for any network professional at any level. There is something for everyone in this title. Sales Engineers will find this book invaluable as they are faced with the many tough questions and challenges from the inquisitive customer. Data Network Salesmen will benefit from this title by understanding what value Wireless networks can bring to a company and how to fit the needs of a company into a viable solution for customers.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A staple for understanding protocols.


A must-have for Internet/intranet developers, and anyone trying to get a handle on exactly what is going on with almost any protocol. This is the definitive guide to understanding the protocols down to their basest level.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mac OS X All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Mark L. Chambers, Erick Tejkowski, Michael L. Williams, Mark L. Chambers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Jaguar book I've read


As usual with Dummies books, this one is a good foundation for using the subject matter, and fun to read. However, too much time is spent on the differences between MAC OS whatever and OS X. Some of us didn't have a MAC before OS X and we don't care about the differences. We are coming from Windows and we want to know all we can about the MAC OS X and the UNIX underpinnings. That is what makes OS X exciting. I like this book, and found it very useful for specific questions that were not too complex, but there is too much about programs out there that cost too much that you can buy as add ons. I want to know how to use the OS and the features it came with more than what to spend even more money purchasing. Still, this book is very good and easier for many people than some of the other books out there.