10.2. Identifying Common Network Hardware
We have looked at the types of networks, network architectures, and the way a network communicates. To get a network to work also requires hardware. Every computer on the network needs to have a network adapter of some type. In many cases, you also need some sort of cable to hook them together. (Wireless networking is the exception, but at the back end of wireless network there are still components wired together.) And finally, you might also need connectivity devices to attach several computers or network to each other.
10.2.1. Network Interface Cards (NICs)
The network interface card (NIC) provides the physical interface between computer and cabling. It prepares data, sends data, and controls the ...