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    Hi, I'm a year 10 student interested in computer science and the field of computing/networking in general. I read through all the GCSE (OCR) and some A level Computer science textbooks & resources that were recommended by my friends/teachers, and have a basic understanding of how a computer works on the hardware side, and basics of how networks are like.

    However recently I took interest in networking and how the internet works, OSI models, topologies, DNS servers, etc etc. Because I took interest in this, I went on the internet trying to find study and understand how networking works. However, within 3 hours, I was confused of what was going on, because the internet just had way too much information for someone like myself to handle.

    Does anyone know any good way to study networking well? Please recommend me good books, textbooks, summer schools, events, websites, etc.

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    (Original post by 80Christina)
    Hi, I'm a year 10 student interested in computer science and the field of computing/networking in general. I read through all the GCSE (OCR) and some A level Computer science textbooks & resources that were recommended by my friends/teachers, and have a basic understanding of how a computer works on the hardware side, and basics of how networks are like.

    However recently I took interest in networking and how the internet works, OSI models, topologies, DNS servers, etc etc. Because I took interest in this, I went on the internet trying to find study and understand how networking works. However, within 3 hours, I was confused of what was going on, because the internet just had way too much information for someone like myself to handle.

    Does anyone know any good way to study networking well? Please recommend me good books, textbooks, summer schools, events, websites, etc.

    Thanks
    If you're still looking for places to look.

    If you have money to spare, I'd personally recommend the following books:
    CompTIA Network+ All-In-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition (Exam N10-006) (All-in-One Series) - This book will give you a good enough foundation into networking, and definitely is suitable for someone starting out in the area. IMO start off with this book.

    CCENT/CCNA ICND 100-105 Official Cert Guide - This is a book I'd recommend if you want to get into the engineering side of things. Again, this will give you a good enough foundation into the engineering side, isn't too difficult. Though with this book it does help to visualise a little bit.

    If you don't really have the money to spare, then I'd recommend the following videos:
    Professor Messer - This series is really used to accompany the Network+ book, and does a good job of it, starts from basic knowledge and builds up. I'd personally recommend going through the series twice, as some of the content is a little all over the place IMO.

    Thenewboston - This series isn't really developed to specialise in any area of networking, but again, does start from ground up. I'd probably recommend going through this first, as from what I recall Professor Messer doesn't really keep it simple in some areas and he can bore you pretty quickly.

    Protips:
    1) It's difficult to start out with, and might make you feel as though you're learning nothing, but it does take some time to sink in. If the following resources don't suit your needs I'd seriously try checking out other places, and forums. Try painting a picture with it as you go along, and don't neglect practising. I'll have a section below this on some tools which are useful depending on the book series you go with.

    2) It isn't easy contrary to what anyone tells you. It's a difficult field especially when you initially get started, you get thrown a bunch of acronyms at you with half explained definitions on them, with no picture/diagram whatsoever. It gets easy once you've taken the first 'baby steps' though.

    3) If you struggle even on this most basic of things, use a forum, such as this, or Techexams. The latter is kinda developed more on the professional side of it, but there's a wealth of help on that place, for beginners and advanced alike.

    4) If you're sticking to the AS/A-Level curriculum then there's Teach-ICT

    EDIT: For any of the given books, or videos, do a chapter or section per day, in the evening or whatever, then at night, or the following morning, ask yourself questions relevant to said section, and 'paint a picture' with said knowledge, by that I mean draw a topology, see how it works, and so fourth. Paining a picture might be wise on the second read through as you'll have sufficient knowledge by then.

    Understanding a network isn't a days work, it takes time, and the internet, that's a whole different beast all together, especially if you want to understand it fully.

    Labs (To accompany the videos/text books):
    1) For getting started initially the first step you'd want to take is the obvious which is building a P2P network, be it through connecting the computers directly to each other, or having a hub/switch. Really, this alone will take you through the basics of a network on a fundamental level. There's plenty of tutorials online on how to accomplish this - This lab will go well, hand in hand with the Network+

    2) GNS3 (Graphical Network Simulator 3) - This will accompany the CCENT/CCNA book really well, it does require some system resources and can be pretty difficult to use, additionally does require your own IOS license, but.. There's always the internet for that, you'll find plenty on the web. If you get as far as said book, then do a little bit of research into this before starting the book, as said book is heavily practical. I do feel as though I'm being a bit cruel by mentioning the book, and this software. But if you really want to get into advanced networking, then this is the next step.

    Hope this massive post helps. If you've got any other problems or further reading into the subject (I dare say the books are sufficient to keep you busy for 3 months if dedicated), just ask!
 
 
 
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