18.1. Installing and Configuring SOHO Networks

Nearly every small office has a network, and it seems like most homes these days have one or more computers that need access to the Internet. As a technician, you may be asked to set up or troubleshoot any number of these types of networks. This section will give you the background you need to feel comfortable that you can get the job done. Most of the principles we talk about here also apply to larger networks as well, so they're helpful if you're in a corporate environment too.

Before we get into the different installation and configuration sections, though, it's critical to introduce a topic that permeates this whole section: planning. Before installing a network or making changes to it, always ...

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