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Werner Feibel

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Encylopedia of Networking. The Network Press

[In] a certain Chinese encyclopedia…it is written that animals are divided into:
(a) those belonging to the Emperor
(b) those that are embalmed
(c) tame ones
(d) suckling pigs
(e) sirens
(f) fabulous ones
(g) stray dogs
(h) those included in the present classification
(i) those that tremble as if mad
(j) innumerable ones
(k) those drawn with a very fine camelhair brush
(l) others
(m) those that have just broken the water pitcher
(n) those that look like flies from a long way off
Jorge Luis Borges

As with the first edition, this book would never have been completed without the help of
many people. These people deserve thanks for all their efforts and energy. Guy Hart-Davis
convinced me that it was time for a revision and set me to work. Several people did splendid
work during the production process: Kris Vanberg-Wolff, a veteran of the first edition,
worked on the revision until her planned departure for the calmer (and tastier) world of
cooking school. Maureen Adams, Laura Arendal, and Nathan Johanson took over the production
chores after Kris left. They did an excellent job, especially considering the short
notice and even shorter revision schedule. My heartfelt thanks to all these folks.

Mary Madden’s technical reviews were always full of gentle, constructive corrections
and useful suggestions for improvements. Although I may not have been smart enough to
act on all of them, the suggestions have improved the book immensely—for which I’m very grateful.

Kris Vanberg-Wolff’s eagle eyes and infallible grammatical sense found and fixed my
awkward phrasings, stylistic inconsistencies, and grammatical aberrations. I shudder to
think what the book would have looked like without the benefit of these efforts.

As always, I’m very grateful to all the people who worked between and behind the
scenes to make this book, and also to those who created the compact disc. Thanks also to
the many people who sent me information about their products and who took the time
to answer my questions.

Finally, I dedicate this book to my wife Luanne and my daughter Molly—for all the joy
and fun they provide, during both work and play hours.


What You’ll Find in This Book
As in the first edition, I’ve tried to make this Encyclopedia a comprehensive source of information about matters relating to networking. I’ve also tried to present the information in a clear and useful manner.

This book contains comprehensive, straightforward summaries of the major concepts,
issues, and approaches related to networking. Networking is defined broadly to encompass
configurations ranging from a couple of connected computers just a few feet apart to a network
of several thousand machines (of all types and sizes) scattered around the world. You’ll find
discussions of networking as it’s done by servers and clients, managers and agents, peers, and
even over the telephone.

You probably won’t find anything here that you can’t find in other places. However, I don’t
know of any other book or source that collects so much network-related information in one
place. To find all the information summarized here, you would need to check hundreds of
books, disks, articles, Web pages, or other documents.

Despite its hefty size, this encyclopedia just scratches the surface of what there is to know
about networking. After all, how complete can any book be if just the World Wide Web on the
Internet has over 10 million hypertext documents. I do think, however, that this book scratches
deeper than most other references you’ll find.

This revised edition updates entries for concepts and technologies that change rapidly or
where there have been major developments. I’ve also added considerable material about the
Internet (and especially about the World Wide Web), since interest in this networking phenomenon is growing at an astounding pace.

As in the first edition, I’ve tried to cover concepts rather than making this a how-to book.
Thus, you won’t learn how to install networks or run specific programs. 
However, you will learn about different types of programs and what they do. For example, you can read about browsers and how they make exploring the World Wide Web possible; 
you’ll also learn about programs such as network operating systems and how they differ from ordinary operating systems.

Concepts, Not Instructions
This book was obsolete from the moment it was written. That’s because nothing changes faster
than vocabulary in a field where there is money to be made. Since major breakthroughs and
advances are still happening in the area of networking, there are new network-related words
and concepts to be found in almost every issue of every computer magazine. If you include
acronyms and abbreviations, the speed with which the vernacular expands is even faster. For
example, the first edition of this book was published under a year ago and it was no trouble
finding almost 2,000 new entries for Appendix A.

Given the futility of even trying to stay completely up-to-date, I’ve chosen to focus on the
more enduring concepts and facts—those that provide the foundations and background that
underlie the constantly changing terminology. This makes the Encyclopedia more generally
useful and enduring.

While core networking concepts change very little, the core does grow. For example, ten years
ago there was much less need to know about wireless communications because there were
fewer wireless products, as well as less public interest in the technology. Because of such
progress, the body of essential fundamentals grows with each year.
I expect to update and add to the material in the book, and hope to make the Encyclopedia
always effective, comprehensive, and useful. Fortunately, an electronic medium makes it easier
to grow in this way.

If you need to find out something about networking, look for it in this book. If you find an
entry for the topic, we hope you’ll be more informed after you’ve read it. On the other hand,
if you can’t find the information you need, didn’t understand it, or don’t think you learned
what you should have, please drop us a line and tell us.

Also, if there are concepts or terms you would like to see included, please let us know. If you
can provide references, that would be helpful. Even under the best of circumstances, there’s little
chance that you’ll get a reply to individual queries. However, we will read your comments
and suggestions and will try to use them to improve future versions of the book.


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 1996 SYBEX Inc.,
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Table of Contents
Introduction ix
Entries (Listed Alphabetically) 1
Appendix A: Acronyms and Abbreviations 1113
Appendix B: Bibliography and Other Resources 1235
Index 1251

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