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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi® Wireless Networking by Harold Davis

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Advanced Networks: Topologies for Larger Networks

Your small office or home network may be small right now, but it may grow over time (which is what happened to me!). This section explains some of the ways to look at larger, more complicated networks. This material is somewhat advanced, and may be something to keep in the back of your mind when you are setting up your first Wi-Fi access point. But you may find it provides a useful perspective even as you are getting started.

A network topology means the way a network is arranged and how the devices on the network communicate with each other. A network's physical topology is the way devices are laid out (meaning which devices are connected to each other, and so on). In contrast, a network's

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