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Table 1-16 provides a concise yet comprehensive review of the OSI model.

Table 1-16. The OSI Reference Model

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Table 1-16. The OSI Reference Model

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As you work through this book, you will encounter more detailed information and investigate sped troublesh ooting targets. At all times, remember thataltho ug hi it is certainly helpful to understand h work when you are shooting trouble, a methodical approach to troubleshooting is actually more im

Troubleshooting lay/ Layers»

You must train yourself to systematically analyze, resolve, and escalate problems. Troubleshooting is certainly one way to accomplish thi s. The OSI layers are bei lt and stacded for a reason. For troul start at the Physical Layer and work your way up to the Application Layer. A layer problem will lead and a solution. It is pretty frustrating to just compare what works to what doesn't (the swap-til-yoi approach), especially when you don't ha ve anything left to swap. Use Table 1 -177 to help yon troub layeos.

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