Chapter 1

Down to the Networking Basics


Bullet Identifying network types

Bullet Understanding network topologies

Bullet Working with network cables

Bullet Becoming familiar with network architectures

Bullet Accessing the network

Bullet Installing a Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) Network

The A+ certification exams cover two areas of networking: networking theory/networking hardware and networking at the operating system (OS) level. This chapter focuses on the networking theory and the networking hardware area of the A+ exams. For the exams, you are required to know popular terms and features of networking environments that you will encounter on the exams and in the real world — which is what this chapter will help you with. Networking at the OS level is covered in Chapter 3 of this minibook.

Identifying the Types of Networks

A network is a group of connected systems for sharing data or devices. This section ...

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