10.3. Comparing Network Types

So far throughout this chapter we have talked a lot about different parts of the networking puzzle. You need the hardware to let computers talk to each other, the protocols to help them communicate, and the various other parts such as OSI models and topologies to make sure the developers are on the same page.

Now we'll turn to a more practical subject: types of networks you should be familiar with. You may be setting up or troubleshooting a network in a small or home office, and these are the most common types you'll see. Some of the network types are geared more toward getting online, while others are suited perfectly for the small office looking to collaborate. In this section, we'll break the network types into ...

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