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Copyright Brian Brown, 1995-2000. All rights reserved.


  1. Introduction to Communications (Early forms, Shannon's Model, levels)
  2. Evolution of modern telecommunication networks
  3. Cables and Network Communication Systems
  4. The Public Telephone Switched Network
  5. The Internet
  6. Signal Characteristics (analogue and digital)
  7. Standards Organizations
  8. Electrical Standards and RS-232
  9. Data Codes (Baudot and ASCII)
  10. Channel Organization (Parallel and Serial)
  11. Asynchronous and Synchronous Protocols
  12. Binary Synchronous
  13. Bit Orientated Protocols
  14. Simplex, Half-Duplex and Duplex Circuits
  15. Modems
  16. Modulation Methods
  17. TCP/IP and Inter-Networking
  18. Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) Model
  19. WAN interconnections, Analog Modems, Leased Lines, X.25, ISDN
  20. WAN interconnections, Frame Relay, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), xDSL (Digital Subscriber Line) [under development]


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