Chapter 11. It’s a Network

So far, you have learned about the services that a data network can provide to the human network, examined the features of each layer of the OSI model and the operations of TCP/IP protocols, and looked in detail at Ethernet. In this chapter, we step back and see how to assemble these elements together in a functioning network that can be maintained.

Create and Grow

Growth is a natural process for many small businesses, and their networks must grow accordingly. Ideally, the network administrator has enough lead time to make intelligent decisions about growing the network in line with the growth of the company.

Devices in a Small Network

In Table 11-1, indicate the major design area for each of the design focuses. ...

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