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Networking Resources


  1. Protocol Summary
  2. Networking Tutorial
  3. Network Certification Reference
  4. Networking Terms

Networking Web Links

Networking Section Introduction


This section contains networking documentation and networking information contributed by members of the CTDP. There is much TCP/IP information and documentation in this section. Currently this section contains three documents:

  • The CTDP Networking Tutorial - Describes networking from the ground up, including how routers and firewalls work along with descriptions of the various network protocols. The Network Tutorial is available in PDF form It includes the following information:
    • Network Topologies such as ring, star, and bus.
    • Network cabling including definitions of and/or descriptions of baseband, broadband, twisted pair, coax cable, and fiber optic cable. Includes twisted pair category descriptions.
    • Network architectures such as ethernet, token ring, ARCnet, AppleTalk, and FDDI.
    • Protocol stacks such as TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBEUI/NetBIOS, and SNA.
    • TCP/IP addressing
    • TCP/IP protocols such as ARP, RARP, IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, IGMP, DNS, BOOTP, DHCP, RPC, NFS, SMTP, and SNMP.
    • TCP/IP functionality and services including routing, firewalls, gateways, IP masquerading, domain name service, dynamic host configuration protocol, broadcasting, multicasting and dynamic routing.
    • Dynamic routing protocols including RIP and OSPF.
    • Virtual private networking including information about IPSec, PPTP, L2TP
    • Definition of repeaters, bridges, and routers.
    • Fault tolerance including redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) disk striping and disk mirroring.
  • Network Certification Reference - The second document is a brief set of information and terms for those learning networking in a certification effort.
    • OSI network model
    • Network topologies, physical media, and wireless media.
    • Modems and their operation including ISDN modems.
  • Network Protocol Summary - This tutorial provides a handy summary of various network protocols by category.


The weblinks section contains several useful weblinks including links to internet agencies, TCP/IP documentation, and more. A link to the RFC listings at Ohio State's website is provided here.