For introductory courses in computer networking for technology programs or business and computing systems. This text provides a comprehensive look at computer networking. It examines the key concepts one must possess to configure and manage today's complex computer networks. The text guides students from entry level computer networks to advanced concepts in Ethernet networks, router configuration, TCP/IP networks, local, campus and wide area network configuration, network security, optical networks, voice over IP and industrial networks with extensive examples on Windows 2000 server configuration and network configuring of Linux operating system. Net-Challenge software comes with the text. o Provides students with practice in router configuration so that they can learn to configure an Internet connection to an Internet Service Provider. Finisar Surveyor Demo network analyzer software included. o Teaches students how to analyze a variety of TCP/IP data packets throughout the text. Configuring many networking devices-With features such as the router, the network switch, dial-in PPP connections, frame relay, VPNs, optical networks, securing the network. o Exposes students to up to date techniques in network configuration. Provides instructors with many topics to select for class and lab use. Techniques for configuring and managing a Windows 2000 network server. o Provides students with steps for the server configuration that are easy to follow and cover the most important server issues. Detailed steps for configuring a Linux machine. Extensive pedagogical aides-e.g. Key terms, color images, screen captures, critical thinking questions, router configuration challenges.