In this chapter, you will learn how to
• Explain networking technologies
• Explain network operating systems
• Install and configure wired networks
• Troubleshoot 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 a network of some sort just to make them work past 30 days (product activation), and they get all indignant if you don’t.
Because networks are so common ...