Chapter 3. Network Components

After completion of this chapter, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What are the characteristics of various media types?

  • What is the role of a given network infrastructure component?

  • Specialized network devices offer what features?

  • How are virtualization technologies changing traditional corporate data center designs?

  • What are some of the primary protocols and hardware components found in a Voice over IP (VoIP) network?

Many modern networks can have a daunting number of devices, and it is your job to understand the function of each device and how it works with the others. To create a network, these devices need some sort of interconnection. That interconnection uses one of a variety of media ...

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