After completion of this chapter, you will be able to answer the following questions:
What is the purpose of a network?
What are some examples of network components?
How are networks defined by geography?
How are networks defined by topology?
How are networks defined by resource location?
What comes to mind when you think of a computer network? Is it the Internet? Is it email? Is it the wireless connection that lets you print to your printer from your laptop? Is it the smart thermostat and lights of your home?
Whatever your current perception of a computer network, this book helps you gain a deep appreciation and understanding of networked computing. Be aware that although you think of computer networks ...