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I am looking for a basic book (introductory text) about networks, preferebly a from a open or free source. Thank you.

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What kind of networks? –  ngen Dec 28 '10 at 18:18
possible duplicate of any good networking book recommended? –  sysadmin1138 Dec 29 '10 at 8:48
@ngen: I am interested in a book with issues about local networks between several pcs. –  Peterstone Jan 4 '11 at 9:12

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This isn't free, but it is very cheap and basic. Networking for Dummies is a great book for beginners. This will help you grasp concepts that beginners need to know. Here is a link to Amazon that is selling it for $16.49. I'm sure you can find an online version (possibly free) of it if you look hard enough though.

UPDATE: I did a simple Google search for Networking for Dummies PDF and found it as an online free readable PDF (I took out the copyright protected link). It is findable if you look on Google. This should help you a lot.

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@David I'm not sure it's prudent to post direct link to a copyrighted material –  Sathya Dec 28 '10 at 19:07
Sorry I will take that off @Sathya... Thanks a lot! Also, +1 for helping me out with that. ^^ –  David Dec 28 '10 at 19:09

This book Computer networking first step by wendell odom

that will give you a broad and fundamental knowledge.

the book uses many analogies which are annoying, but the book works on a technical level despite them, and the material covered is good.

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