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Best course on networking

I am very weak in networking and I would like some recommendations on courses or books (better courses online though) that explain everything well from the very beginning. Any suggestions?

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  • jtkjtk Member

    Kurose and Ross' lectures are current and probably as good as anything you'll find.

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  • @vitobotta said:
    I am very weak in networking and I would like some recommendations on courses or books (better courses online though) that explain everything well from the very beginning. Any suggestions?

    i dunno, i know only one course, but not in english language.

    As for me, the learning curve must be done in next order:

    1. ethernet (need around 1 hour to explain how it was, also very interesting topic about class of networks (A,B,C)). Frames. Standarts. Commutators, types of commutation, table of communation, macs, unicast, broadcast, anycast, communitation types: core, distribution, access. What is LAN, why LAN is sucks, what is VLAN, Access Ports, ISL ports, VLAN tags/marks, what is frame, structure of frames, what data for what responsible, mac protection, security in ethernet, infinite loops in networks, and how to work with them (spanning tree for example)... This topic in general - extremely big, i think it will take around 8-10 hours minimum to explain what is ethernet. Ideally if there will be examples and illustrations, because when you see phyisically what is it - you understand it much faster.
    2. IP Protocol -> if you know ethernet topic - this proto will not be a problem
    3. TCP/IP -> same as above

    As far as I remember Cisco has certifications & materials (books) on their official page.
    I think these books covers ALL topics and problems.

    I wish to suggest anything good for you, but can't, i just wrote from memory what must be learned.

  • @desperand said: also very interesting topic about class of networks (A,B,C)

    Which was abandoned almost 30 years ago in favor of CIDR. I wonder if anyone below 30 here
    actually studied this stuff, I still have some paperbooks from the 90s explaining classes.

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  • desperanddesperand Member
    edited August 10

    @luckypenguin said: Which was abandoned almost 30 years ago in favor of CIDR. I wonder if anyone below 30 here actually studied this stuff, I still have some paperbooks from the 90s explaining classes.

    yes, but without classes which take maybe 30-60 minutes to fully understand - hard to get from where we got masks. History of ethernet not so big, but very important to know, to understand that the current X thing -> based on old problem that somehow fixed, and now it works like that because it suppose to works like that otherwise things will not work at all.
    in short: all problems have evolved because of grorwing networks, growing risks, problems, and requests in isolation, delivery, reducing costs, etc. Really interesting stuff to learn about.

  • LoganoLogano Member
    edited August 11

    Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda) has lots of courses on networking, and several organized Learning Paths under Networking and System Administration.

    Membership can be had for free through a library that offers unlimited Linkedin Learning to its members. If you can't find a library locally, you can purchase an annual library membership from many choices as a Nonresident or Out-of-State member (the cost can be as low as $20 something/year).

    Only thing with membership through libraries is that the course completion certificates won't have your name on them. Another plus, though, is that you get access to the library's ebooks as well (see if they offer Overdrive or Libby), so you may find some decent networking books, too.

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  • @luckypenguin said:

    @desperand said: also very interesting topic about class of networks (A,B,C)

    Which was abandoned almost 30 years ago in favor of CIDR. I wonder if anyone below 30 here
    actually studied this stuff, I still have some paperbooks from the 90s explaining classes.

    @luckypenguin said:

    @desperand said: also very interesting topic about class of networks (A,B,C)

    Which was abandoned almost 30 years ago in favor of CIDR. I wonder if anyone below 30 here
    actually studied this stuff, I still have some paperbooks from the 90s explaining classes.

    I’m in my early to mid twenties and studied this at university :smile:

  • I think the FreeCodeCamp course will be of help

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  • eTechieeTechie Member
    edited August 11

    @alilet Did you missed some words in that query?

  • aliletalilet Member

    @eTechie said:

    Did you missed some words in that query?

    Nope. You can use other keywords also. Reading threads on LET related to VPS down or network issues is also very helpful in understanding networking.

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  • @alilet said:

    @eTechie said:

    Did you missed some words in that query?

    Nope. You can use other keywords also. Reading threads on LET related to VPS down or network issues is also very helpful in understanding networking.

    More like certain other topics instead networking.

    1) virtualizer bugs
    2) abusers
    3) migration
    4) provider going AWOL

  • SplitIceSplitIce Member, Host Rep

    Networking is a very big topic and depending on your specific areas of interest you probably shouldnt start at the lowest software level (e.g MAC).

    How far down the stack is relevant to your interest?

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