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Weekly Reading Assignments.


Last Updated: Monday, May 9, 2022



LAN-CD = Material from CD-ROM accompanying Local Area Networks A Business-Oriented Approach (2nd Edition).

MSNET = Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking (2nd Edition).


How to get the most out of the Reading Assignments.

While the Course Meetings comprise the primary source for this course and will be the final arbiter for questions about Homework answers, we also expect you to do the readings assigned from the required resources for the course.

To get the most out of the readings, you should do them before the lectures for the week during which they are assigned. In other words, to get the most out of the first week's readings, you should read them before you attend the first meeting on Monday, August 30 (although I realize few if any of you will find this page until after the first day of class).

I realize you will come across terms or concepts that are unfamiliar and you may also read about items we will not discuss at length in class. However, doing the readings before class will at least introduce you to these terms and concepts so they are not completely foreign to you when we discuss them in class.

NOTE ON ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NETWORKING: This book is no longer in print and no longer accessible electronically via the Library. Used copies are readily available if you wish to go that route, but I will be placing at least 4 copies on reserve in the Wells Library.


Weeks of May 9 and May 16:

  • LAN-CD:
  • MSNET:
    • Local Area Network (LAN), pp. 719-720
    • Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), pp. 758-759
    • Wide Area Network (WAN), pp. 1203-1204
    • Peer-to-peer network, pg. 918
    • Client/server, pg. 255
    • OSI Model, pp. 887-889
    • Physical Layer, pg. 924
    • Cabling, pp. 204-206
    • Coaxial Cabling, pp. 260-261
    • Twisted-Pair Cabling, pp. 1134-1135
    • Unshielded Twisted-Pair (UTP) Cabling: pp. 1153-1154


    Below is a link to a file on another website. There is also a link that will allow you to download a PDF version of the file from the CS web site. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read the file, but you will be able to save a copy for yourself if you wish.

    First, please note that this article does contain some vulgar language. I apologize for that, but it's out of my control. Part of the article is a transcript of several on-line "chat" sessions and one of the participants is not very restrained in some of his responses. I thought I should warn you in advance.

    Second, you may be wondering why I want you to read this now. I am sure that there are many things in here you will not understand. I hope we will be able to return to this later in the term when you will understand all or most of what is being discussed. However, I think there is great value in reading this article now because it gives such a clear example of the challenges in IT and what sorts of things (and people!) you are forced to protect yourself against, often for the strangest of reasons. I may make a few comments about this in class on Wednesday.

    • The Web version of this story is no longer available on-line.
    • Open the PDF version with Acrobat and save your own copy if you wish.
  • MSNET:
    • "Network": pp. 835-836
    • "Network Design": pp. 844-846
    • "Network Architecture": pp. 870-874
    • "Topology": pp. 1124-1125
    • "Bus Topology": pp. 195-196
    • "Ring Topology": pp. 991-992
    • "NIC (Network Interface Card)": pp. 849-850
    • "Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model": pp. 887-889
    • "Physical Layer": pg. 924
    • "Data link Layer": pp. 317-318
    • "Signal"" pp. 1042-1043
    • "Network Layer": pp. 850-851
    • "Network Protocol": pg. 856
    • "Transport Layer": pg. 1130
    • "Ethernet": pp. 441-444
    • "Fast Ethernet": pp. 461-463
    • "Gigabit Ethernet": pp. 516-521
    • "Baseband Network": pg. 151
    • "Token Ring": pp. 1121-1124