This unique book outlines the advantages of a top-down, vendor-neutral approach to network
design. Everything from network
topologies, routing and switching, wireless, virtual LANs, firewalls and gateways to security, Internet protocols, bandwidth, and multicast services are covered from the perspective of an organization's specific needs, rather than from product requirements. The book also discusses proprietary technologies that are ubiquitous, such as Cisco's IOS
and Novell's IPX.