In this chapter, you will learn how to
• Describe the basic functions of a network, including identifying common devices and connectors
• Discuss the differences between a LAN and a WAN and the importance of TCP/IP
• Perform basic resource sharing
It’s hard to find a computer that’s not connected to a network. Whether your system is part of a large enterprise network or a single PC with an Internet connection, every computer has some form of network connection. CompTIA has wisely added quite a bit of networking coverage to the CompTIA A+ exams, and a number of chapters toward the back of this book cover networking in great detail. By covering the basic or “user level” networking topics early in the book, however, you’ll ...