Chapter 1. Introduction to Networking

This chapter covers the following official Network+ objectives:

• Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

• Point-to-point

• Point-to-multipoint

• Ring

• Star

• Mesh

• Bus

• Peer-to-peer

• Client/server

• Hybrid

For more information on the official Network+ exam topics, see the “About the Network+ Exam” section in the “Introduction.”

A variety of physical and logical network layouts are in use today. As a network administrator, you might work on these different network layouts or topologies. Therefore, you need to understand how they are designed to function.

This chapter reviews general network considerations such as the various topologies used on today’s networks, LANs, and WANs, and some of the Institute ...

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