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Chapter of the Week - April 2004

Networking chapter of the week- 3/04 Chapter of the Week

Now you can find a new chapter download each week on! This month you'll find an assortment of chapters on fiber and first mile technologies.

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Chapter 8: Network Media Types

CCNA – Network Media Types, Chapter 8
Network media is the actual path over which an electrical signal travels as it moves from one component to another. This chapter describes the common types of network media, including twisted-pair cable, coaxial cable, fiber-optic cable, and wireless. (This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Cisco Press, copyright 2003-2004.)

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Chapter 4: WDM Network Design
Featured April 19-23

DWDM Network Designs and Engineering Solutions
Chapter 4: WDM Network Design
A network planner needs to optimize the various electrical and optical parameters to ensure smooth operations of a wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) network. Whether the network topology is that of a point-to-point link, a ring, or a mesh, system design inherently can be considered to be of two separate parts: optical system design and electrical or higherlayer system design. To the networking world, the optical layer (WDM layer) appears as a barren physical layer whose function is to transport raw bits at a high bit rate with negligible loss. Most conventional network layer planners do not care about the heuristics of the optical layer. This chapter explores some of the design constraints involved in the WDM network design. (This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Cisco Press, copyright 2003-2004.)

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Chapter 1: Introduction to First Mile Access Technologies
Featured April 12-16

First Mile Access Networks and Enabling Technologies
Chapter 1: Introduction to First Mile Access Technologies
This chapter showcases multiple technologies and solutions that can be used for first mile access. It defines the basic problem faced in first mile networks and explains the need for multiple solutions in this area. The authors discuss the multiple technologies that underline first mile advanced access networks. Among others, it covers PON, fiber (CWDM), DSL, wireless, and PSTN as discrete contenders for first mile solutions. (This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Cisco Press, copyright 2003-2004.)

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Featured April 5-9
Chapter 3 - Fiber-optic technologies

Optical Network Design and Implementation, Chapter 3
Fiber-optic technologies This book contains a broad range of technical details on multiservice optical networking. It can be used as a reference for anyone designing, implementing, or supporting an optical network. Even if you're not using Cisco optical networking equipment, this book can increase your awareness and understanding of optical technologies and provide you with detailed design concepts and rules for building highly scalable multiservice optical networks. Chapter 3 covers optical networking theory, design, configuration, applications and span analysis. (This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Cisco Press, copyright 2003-2004.)

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This was first published in April 2004

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