By the Book: Understanding LAN wiring

The local area network (LAN) has rapidly become the backbone of almost every business enterprise, so it is a little surprising that LAN wiring has not attracted more book-length publishing. (The latest book on the subject on my shelf was published in 1993.)

The local area network (LAN) has rapidly become the backbone of almost every business enterprise, so it is a little surprising that LAN wiring has not attracted more book-length publishing. (The latest book on the subject on my shelf was published in 1993.)

McGraw-Hill (New York City) has remedied this seeming neglect of a technologically complicated and rapidly changing field with LAN Wiring: An Illustrated Guide to Network Cabling, by James Trulove. This 320-page paperback, priced at $32.95, begins with a discussion of design considerations, followed by chapters on system design, types of cabling media, and LAN topologies. A second section of the book covers wiring devices: outlets, connecting blocks, patch panels, connectors, and patch cords. The final section looks at testing, troubleshooting, monitoring, and cable-plant administration. The illustrated volume closes with resource appendices on standards and organizations, a glossary, and an index.

To order in the United States, or for more information, call McGraw-Hill at (800) 722-4726.

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