One of the foremost experts on Ethernet standards and configuration,
Charles Spurgeon, has just written a new book:
Ethernet: The Definitive Guide,
released by O'Reilly & Associates ($44.95). Used by networking
administrators since the early 1980's, Ethernet is the core networking
technology used by every high tech business. While the basic protocols have
changed little, new options such as Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet have
increased the complexity of the topic.
"Writing provided a way to share what I had learned about Ethernet during
years of designing and operating large campus network systems. It also
provided a good excuse to acquire copies of the IEEE standards and spend
time becoming more knowledgeable about Ethernet," says Spurgeon. "However,
the major reason why I have written on this topic was because I had
problems finding accurate books on Ethernet. Over the years I have
encountered a number of books on Ethernet that are riddled with a
surprising number of technical errors, not to mention various assertions
that are flat-out wrong."
Ethernet: The Definitive Guide includes everything you
need to know to
set up and maintain an Ethernet network. "Ethernet has become the most
widely used networking technology in the world," explains Spurgeon. "And it
is still evolving. Ethernet has been in use for over 20 years, and there's
a lot of Ethernet equipment in place-ranging from the original 10 Mbps
systems on up to Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) and Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps).
My book covers the entire range of Ethernet speeds and components,
providing the information people need to understand and manage their
Ethernet: The Definitive Guide is logically separated into five parts
which include an introduction to Ethernet, media systems, how to build your
Ethernet system, performance analysis and troubleshooting. "This is the
most complete resource on Ethernet that I have ever seen. LAN
administrators and architects, consultants, and developers alike will find
this an indispensable resource," says Chris North.
- The author created an
Ethernet Web site, which has been available at the
same URL since February 1994. "This makes it one of the oldest continually
operating Web sites that I know of," he says.
More information about the book, including Table of
Contents, index, author bio, and samples.
Sample section from the book, available free online.
Cover graphic in jpeg format.
Ethernet: The Definitive Guide
by Charles E. Spurgeon
1st Edition February 2000 (US)
1-56592-660-9, 520 pages (est.), $44.95 (US.)