4.3. Basic Networking Hardware

These days there is a plethora of networking products to consider when planning your network infrastructure. There are devices for everything from connecting computer systems to the network to extending a topology's specifications to controlling network traffic. Sometimes your choices are limited. For example, to connect an office computer to the network, you must have a network card.

Many of these devices, when used correctly, can also help to improve your network security. In this section, we'll take a look at some common networking hardware and discuss which can be used to reinforce your security posture.

4.3.1. Hubs

Hubs are probably the most common piece of network hardware next to network interface cards. ...

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