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How can I begin to learn network basics ? I.E. which books, or courses should I start with. I'd also like to learn more about routers, etc. Can you lead me in a good direction?
With best regards.
Momo
Dear Momo:
There is a huge body of literature on networking basics and routing. I'd urge you to start out with some of the standard networking texts in the field, and cover both networking technologies (William Stallings writes highly regarded college textbooks in this area) and TCP/IP (Douglas Comer and Richard Stevens are the best-known names in this area). After that, you can begin learning about routers and routing by reading either or both of these books:

  • Christian Huitema: Routing in the Internet, 2nd Ed, Prentice Hall PTR, 2000, ISBN: 0130226475.
  • Radia Perlman: Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols, Addison-Wesley, 1999, ISBN: 0201634481.

    All of the references I've cited are designed for use as college textbooks, which means they reference ample bibliography. You can therefore use these books not only to learn about the subject matter they cover, but also to dig into the vast body of literature on those topics as well.

    Good luck! All of these books are classics, and their authors recognized experts in their fields. You have a lot of challenging but interesting reading and learning ahead of you.
    --Ed--

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