Edited by Atif Khan
Networking—the communication between two or more networks—encompasses every aspect of connecting computers together. Networks have grown to support vastly disparate end-system communication requirements. A network requires many protocols and features to permit scalability and manageability without constant manual intervention. Large networks can consist of the following three distinct components:
Campus networks, which consist of locally connected users in a building or group of buildings
Wide-area networks (WANs), which connect campuses
Remote connections, which link branch offices and single users (mobile users and telecommuters) to a local campus or the Internet
Figure 1-1 provides an example of a typical ...