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Voice & Data Communications Handbook, Fifth Edition (McGraw-Hill Communication Series)

Regis Bates, Donald Gregory · 1 HN comments
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The Definitive Telecommunications Reference--Fully Updated Understand cutting-edge telecommunication and networking technologies using this straightforward, real-world implementation guide.  Fully revised to cover all of the latest transmission protocols, Voice & Data Communications Handbook, Fifth Edition covers all the bases-from analog transmission, VPNs, and LANs to DSL, CATV, WiFi, VoIP, and GSM. This authoritative volume covers the ins-and-outs of each vital topic, supplies practical examples and solutions, and provides helpful self-tests.  You'll also find up-to-date information on regulatory standards, switches, routers, frame relay, and security procedures. Use new wireless technologies Understand the building blocks of analog transmission-bandwith, amplitude, and frequency Provide transparent communications using the OSI model and seven-layer architecture Comply with local and federal regulations and RBOCs Transmit information using routers, SS7, PBX, and KTS switches Send and receive data across TCP/IP, wireless, cellular, and optical systems Create a connection using a modem Connect to multiple VPNs and LANs using frame relay, ATM, and MPLS Deploy high-speed broadband access with cable modems, xDSL, and CATV Get details on VoIP, SIP, and voice over data services Increase bandwidth using IP telephony techniques and PBX equipment
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See also, /r/weirdnumbers and, if you're into that sort of thing (that is, exploring the phone network), /r/phreaking

Old-skool phreaking[0] (eg, using blue boxes and red boxes) is mostly dead (at least in the US and most "first world" countries. Maybe there is some vestige of in-band signaling left somewhere else) but there is still some fun to be had exploring phones and phone networks.

Modern day phreaking is more about GSM sniffing[1], messing with the SS7 network[2][3][4], using SCTP[5]/SIGTRAN stuff[6], etc. etc. But, at least for the land-line / PSTN network, even some of the old "colored boxes"[7] still do useful things. You can always beige-box a landline phone, violet-boxes should still work, I think a gold-box would still work, etc.

If you want to dig deeper into how the PSTN works, a good, fun book is Understanding Telephone Electronics[8] by Carr, Winder, and Bigelow. Another interesting one is Digital Telephony[9] by Bellamy. Another "oldie but goodie" is Voice and Data Communications Handbook[10] by Bates and Gregory.

Also, don't ask me how or why I know any of this stuff... :-)













  > don't ask me how or why I know any of this stuff...
I think I know. You were a Ghost in the Wire !
Funny you would bring that up. So, all joking aside... my introduction to the world of phreaking / hacking was primarily reading Cyberpunk by John Markoff and Katie Haffner about 1995 or so. I was immediately in awe of Kevin Mitnick and his cadre of phreaker friends, and those were the guys/gals me and my little circle of phreaker friends most wanted to emulate. KM was one of my heroes back in those days (and truth be told, I guess he still is to a degree).

What is interesting is that it was only later that I came to know that that book was very controversial, is of doubtful veracity in parts, and may portray KM in a somewhat inaccurate light. Nonetheless, it launched me on my path to a (short and inauspicious) "career" as a phone phreak. But I've remained fascinated with Kevin's story all the way to the current day, and actually just finished reading The Cyberthief and the Samurai and a couple of other books about his story, which I had not read before.

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