Chapter 1

Down to the Networking Basics

IN THIS CHAPTER

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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