Routers and Switches and Hubs, Oh My!

Mike Andrews

Ameritech Corporate IT

Tuesday, April 28, 7:00-9:00pm
College of DuPage Room K-161


An overview of what's what in the jungle of today's computer networking scene. Learn where the each of the more common beasts of network hardware fit in its habitat in its layer of the networking diagram. We'll discuss the newly discovered genus including "layer 3 switches" and "layer 4 accelerators."

We'll also talk about how to make your way through the layers of thicket while being wary of the vermin: the basics of TCP/IP and just why you must protect yourself with a netmask; and how to troubleshoot your network problems when your trusty network administrator isn't nearby.

Speaker Bio

Mike Andrews is Team Leader - Network in Corporate Information Technologies at Ameritech, supporting Ameritech's management and staff at the corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago.

Previously Mike was Senior Technology Consultant for Ameritech Electronic Commerce. He designed and deployed the data centers and the TCP/IP LANs and WANs for EC projects including Ameritech's Regional Health Information Networks (RHINs) in several U.S cities.

Mike has been supporting Novell and Unix servers and networks for over 10 years in a series of positions at firms including VideOcart, A.C. Nielsen, AT&T Bell Labs, (balloonist Steve) Fossett Corporation and US Robotics.

He has presented on data communications topics previously at Uniforum Chicago, continuing the practice started when he was a member of the Chicago Osborne Group in the 1980's. When you spotted the gold mustang with the TCP IP license plate it was Mike behind the wheel.

Getting to the meeting

The next meeting of UniForum Chicago will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, April 28, 1998 at the College of DuPage. The address of the meeting facility is:

        College of DuPage
        Building K, Rm 161
        22nd and Lambert
        Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
Take 355 to Butterfield Rd (Rt 56). Butterfield West to Lambert Rd. Lambert Rd North to 22nd St. Turn left and look for lot 10 on the left side of 22nd St. Walk to building K. Room 161 is on the first floor, on the east side of the building.

All UniForum Chicago general meetings are open to the public free of charge.

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