5.1. Common Network Connectivity Devices

Okay—by now, you should be fairly savvy regarding the various types of network media and connections, so it's time to learn about some of the devices they hook up to that are commonly found on today's networks.

First, I'll define the basic terms; then, later in this chapter, I'll show you how these devices actually work within a network. At that time, I'll give you more detailed descriptions of these devices and terms used along with them.

Because these devices connect network entities, they're known as connectivity devices. Here's a list of the devices I'll be covering in this chapter:

  • Hub

  • Repeater

  • Modem

  • Network Interface Card (NIC)

  • Transceiver (media converter)

  • Bridge

  • Basic switch

  • Wireless access point (AP) ...

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