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A review of the Online Industrial Ethernet University - IEU
William Greer, Web Professor taught electronics for several years at the Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute before joining Contemporary Controls 

Reviewed by Ken Sinclair

I am just back from AHR Expo Anaheim and this event always puts me in touch with many resources. Anytime I get to speak to a crowd from the industry I ramble on advising them that we all have to learn how to walk and talk IP. Much of that Information Technology walk and talk surrounds the underpinning of the IT industry  - Ethernet.  After one such talk George Thomas, President of Contemporary Controls, made me aware of a great resource his company has created. 

George is considered by many in the industry including myself, as the highest authority on Ethernet and has a genuine concern for how our industry makes our transition to the world of Ethernet. George often shares his concerns about our fragmented approach as an industry.  Please take a look at this valuable resource his company has assembled. 

If you have to learn quickly how to speak IT take this course and be a graduate from the online IEU.

What is the purpose of the university?

The purpose of the university is to educate the public on the benefits of deploying Industrial Ethernet in a variety of solutions for applications. Understanding Industrial Ethernet technology can become a confusing process and the university has structural course work where a student can learn at his/her own pace.

The courses starts with Ethernet 101

the site allows you to register to take courses and be tested.

Looking for resources check out the guest lectures

and the Book Store.

Ethernet: The
Definitive Guide

Ethernet: The Definitive Guide

The "Ethernet"--as distinct from the Internet, intranet, sneakernet, and others in the net family--is both a familiar face and a familiar name. However, it evokes the mental experience of the school crossing guard whose ownership of a corner of your mindscape is so context-sensitive that a change in venue renders the name or face placeless. Crossing guard or letter carrier? Just what is the Ethernet, again? True to his subject's infrastructural centrality and steadfast obscurity, Charles E. Spurgeon delivers a solid, basic treatise, Ethernet: The Definitive Guide, which describes its subject matter in all of its mundane glory. Appropriately, this is the octopus book from O'Reilly.

Essential SNMP

Essential SNMP

Without Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), network administrators might have to actually get out of their chairs and go see what's up with all of the network-connected equipment under their authority. Perish the thought. Essential SNMP explains how the management protocol works and how it's implemented by several operating systems and pieces of equipment. More importantly, this book shows its reader--who should be a network administrator who's familiar with the problems of running a distributed network--how SNMP can earn its place as a network administration tool. In other words, this book examines SNMP as a strategic resource as well as a technical phenomenon.

Practical Networking
With Ethernet

Practical Networking With Ethernet

Simply stated, this book is a comprehensive guide about Ethernet; a technology that is quickly becoming the world standard. It discusses the entire Ethernet system, including 10 Mbps Ethernet, 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet. The goal in writing this book is to help the user design and install reliable network systems. The book is organized into three sections for easy access to information the reader will require. Each chapter provides many examples and illustrations.

Switched, Fast, and Gigabit Ethernet
(3rd Edition)

Switch, Fast, and Gigabit Ethernet (3rd Edition)

LANs no longer serve only to help office workers share printers and exchange files. The future of the LAN runs heavily to bandwidth-intensive applications. The authors of Switched, Fast, and Gigabit Ethernet know this, and they do excellent work in bringing their readers up to speed on the newest high-capacity Ethernet technologies.

Using conceptual illustrations and circuit diagrams liberally, Switched, Fast, and Gigabit Ethernet defines the three LAN standards in its title and details how they compare to each other and to competing technologies such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM). You'll find coverage of repeaters, bridges, routers, and full-duplex Ethernet, along with information on Virtual LANs (VLANs) and Layer 3 switching.

The Switch Book: The Complete Guide to LAN Switching Technology

The Switch Book: The Complete Guide to LAN Switching Technology

This guide to the capabilities and design of LAN switches and switched internetworks discusses the abstract engineering principles behind switch operation, as well as the practical application of those principles in commercial products. The book is intended for network planners and product developers interested in understanding LAN switch operation beyond the level of detail typically available in product data sheets, trade journals, and general networking books.

Illustrated TCP/IP

Illustrated TCP/IP

Nothing happens on the Internet without the underlying collection of network protocols--the TCP/IP stack--playing a role. If you're looking to increase your networking knowledge--and your marketability--by becoming familiar with TCP/IP, take a look at Illustrated TCP/IP for an orientation.

TCP/IP Clearly Explained, Fourth Edition

TCP/IP Clearly Explained, Fourth Edition

The author, Pete Loshin, has done it again. Another well-written book focusing on TCP/IP protocols, applications built on top of these protocols, and network management issues. Explanations are well-structured, beginning with simple examples and building on them in order to support the key points of a presentation. Examples are crafted for easy comprehension for the reader who is interested in learning about this protocol suite.

The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)

The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated Volume 1)

TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols is an excellent text that provides encyclopedic coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite. What sets this book apart from others on this subject is the fact that the author supplements all of the discussion with data collected via diagnostic programs; thus, it is possible to "watch" the protocols in action in a real situation. Also, the diagnostic tools involved are publicly available; the reader has the opportunity to play along at home. This offers the reader an unparalleled opportunity to really get a feel for the behavior of the protocols in day-to-day operation. TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols features clear discussions and well-designed figures.

 I am very impressed. Ken Sinclair, Editor/Owner

Great job Contemporary Controls

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