LAN Networking

We really need to connect all of these resources together.

The following are the four main reasons to have a network:

  • To allow communication between computers

  • To share information

  • To share resources

  • To provide central administration

Most users on a network need to use the same type of resources, such as information, printers, file servers, plotters, fax machines, Internet connections, and so on. Why not just string all the computers together and have these resources available to all? Great idea! We’ll call it networking!

Networking has made amazing advances in just a short period of time. In the beginning of the computer age, mainframes were the name of the game. They were isolated powerhouses, and many had “dumb” terminals hanging ...

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