In this chapter, you will learn how to
• Install and troubleshoot structured cabling
• Explain the basics of TCP/IP
• Install and configure wired networks
• Troubleshoot wired networks
Networks dominate the modern computing environment. A vast percentage of businesses have PCs connected in a small local area network (LAN), and big businesses simply can’t survive without connecting their many offices into a single wide area network (WAN). Even the operating systems of today demand networks. Windows XP, Vista, and 7, for example, come out of the box assuming you’ll attach them to the Internet just to make them work past 30 days (product activation), and they get all indignant if you don’t.
NOTE This chapter only ...