Wired Networks: Making the Right Connections
A wired network uses cables to make the connections between the devices on the network. Each of the several different types of wired networks uses very specific types of network adapters, cables, switches, and so on to complete those connections.
The cables and other components used for different types of wired networking are not interchangeable. You cannot substitute different types of components because they simply will not work.
The sections that follow examine the most common types of wired home networks. These sections will not cover direct PC-to-PC connections using serial cables, parallel ...