Standards - a good thing to understand and live by:

Wiring standards aren't difficult rules to follow, and you really must follow these rules. Siemon's has a nice TIA/EIA 568-A standards overview, while Fluke has a very thorough Cat 5e (among others) Field Testing of High Performance Premise Cabling available. This valuable paper includes up-to-date reviews of physical layer measurements, cabling standards, troubleshooting practices and certification techniques.

Ethernet standards can be confusing, and there are a bunch of Ethernet reference pages on the WWW, but none are so thorough and accurate as the original, Charles Spurgeon's Ethernet Web Site.

Elsewhere on the net, Anixter has put together in a reasonable Wire & Cable Handbook that contains standards reference books as well as some proprietary white papers -- still worthy of mention. For some excellent white papers on various media analysis check out Agilent's White Papers and Application Notes. These papers will give you an idea of what proper cabling and implementation does for the electrical signaling.

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Living With a Network:

Once the network is in and up, you need to watch over it with continual care. The Network Management Server is a great place to start. Be sure to browse The SimpleWeb for many SNMP related links. A Network Analysis specific page will provide some in-depth information -- as they say: you will learn something in these pages...

Network Security:

Where do you draw the line on time and money spent in securing your net? You can't just ignore this issue. Be ceratin to include network security and related implications in that disaster recovery plan you're working on. The following will give you some material to work with.

Purdue recently unveiled a new initiative within information security. Their CERIAS Project is a welcome consolidation of their -- and others -- efforts. Purdue's COAST program was historically the first stop on the Internet for security information (and really still is with the immature status of CERIAS.)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a Computer Security Resource Center with many papers available. Of particular interest is Security in Open Systems. Their training library has numerous "must read" papers.

The University of California, Davis, Department of Computer Science has a Computer Security Labratory with many papers and ongoing projects that are worthy of a visit and deserving of continuing support.

The SANS Institute is a great organization. Their What Works is good overview of useful security defense tools, and their Reading Room is another great resource.

While sometimes slow to release information (it's usually available elsewhere first), the CERT Coordination Center is the official and definitive security site on the Internet. CERT publications and other security information are available from Cert Staff Pulications, while CERT advisories and bulletins are also posted on the USENET newsgroup comp.security.announce. Someone within your organization should consider being on the CERT mailing list for automated delivery of their advisories and bulletins.

Take a look at Seawall's Computer Forensics Library for some great leads in forensics.

Other Useful Links:

IPv6 IPng information

The following (compliments of Network Computing) has many useful links to network specific pages.
The Interactive Network Design Manual

Black Boxi™ offers some reference files with ia good glossary and many specifications.
Black Box Reference Center

The latest breaking news on networks might be here - if not somewhat biased:
Network World Homepage

This link lists (hopefully) all the Internet Service Providers in the New England area:
NECI Service Providers

Roll your own CAT5 patch cables. This will save you lots of money with minimal investment. (I've taught a few others so I thought I'd put it out here)

Almost last but not least, USC maintains a lot or really good stuff and is worthy of some time and certainly this mention.
USC Information Sciences Institute

From the InetDaemon comes short, basic, tutorials that answer quick "what is X?" questions. You can start with Tutorials by InetDaemon for well-rounded descriptions of networking topics.

Still can't find enough? UNH's InterOperability Lab has a great KnowledgeBase page that is really a must-visit!!

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