Media praise for T1: A Survival Guide

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"'T1: A Survival Guide' lives up to its name because it is much more than just another explanation of technology....You also get something sorely missing in most textbooks or technology primers. That's the vital section on T1 troubleshooting. Applying the theory to solve actual problems is just what you need in a survival guide...'T1: A Survival Guide' is one of those books that you should read once or twice, and then keep handy on your technical shelf for those times when you'll want to find the key information fast."
--John Shepler, Crab Bucket Rescue, February 2004

"O'Reilly's 'T1: A Survival Guide' by Matthew Gast makes a superb companion volume (to 'Building Wireless Community Networks')--one that will be invaluable in finding your way through the labyrinth of provisioning, configuration, diagnosis, and troubleshooting necessary to get a T1 line up and running. I recommend both books without reservation."
--Thom Stark, IBM DevloperWorks, January 2002

"Matthew Gast's 'T1: A Survival Guide' is written to fill a gap in the technical literature. Most of the technical material on the inner workings of T1 and digital transmission is either embedded is obtuse vendor documentation, or it is written from the perspective of someone familiar with telephone communications. Unless you work for the phone company, finding understandable descriptions of the inner workings of T1 and digital transmission is hard to come by. Gast meets a real need by writing a text that approaches the subject for those who are T1 customers who simply need some assistance in knowing how the technology works. Gast does not get bogged down in abstract mathematical formulas and confusing telephone company jargon. Instead, he focuses on how a customer can identify the different components of digital transmission and how it functions in a data/voice network. The customer can then talk intelligently to the T1 service provider to work out problems or even troubleshoot them on his or her own."
--Clarke Morledge, Williamsburg Macromedia User Group, April 2002

"Setting up, testing, and troubleshooting T1 systems can be quite a chore for administrators. Fortunately, O'Reilly's 'T1: A Survival Guide' makes working with T1 systems a bit easier...What sets this book apart is that it is the definitive source for administrators who need to understand telco concepts and practices towards implementing T1 for medium-speed Internet access."
--Jeff W. Durham,, Jan 2002

"'This book is a must for every enterprise network architect who uses T1 lines in their corporate WAN.', five stars out of five."
--Mitch Tullock,

"Few have much experience or know-how with T1 lines, which are becoming increasingly important for faster connections and large computer networks. This guide will help you avoid the mistakes beginners - and experts - make, so that your T1 lines can be trouble-free."
--the Editors, Discount Long Distance Digest

"Gast's 'survival guide' is an excellent one...I think that Gast has supplied something worthwhile and needed."
--Peter H. Salus, ;login: Dec 2001

"as clear and plainly written a description of T-1 as you are likely to find...That enough is a recommendation, as clearly written books on data communications are not all that easy to find. Unless you came to Network Support, Administration and Management with a prior history of being employed in the ranks of a telco, you probably picked up your knowledge of T-1 as I have, viz., one piece at a time through years of interaction with some large number of 15 minute visits with telco engineers and linemen. This book is a leg up, particularly for people who are short on interaction, but trust me, there's something here for everybody. You'll find everything you picked up already, and will have the pleasant experience of having more than a few holes in your knowlege filled in by reading this book...Knowing what makes T-1 tick can be invaluable when it comes time to troubleshoot network connectivity, and that knowledge will shorten the dialog required with the various parties responsible when it comes time to have a fix applied to the discovered problem. This book will give anyone a good solid foundation to accomplish that goal."
--Bob Sherman,, Oct 2001