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Network Sales and Services Handbook by Matthew J. Castelli

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Chapter 4. Customer Premise Equipment (CPE)

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Servers and Workstations

  • Communication Equipment

  • LAN CPE

  • Analog Equipment

Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) is any hardware that is physically located at a customer site. For example, each of the following is considered CPE:

  • Servers

  • Workstations

  • Communication hardware (CSU/DSUs, modems)

  • LAN equipment (hubs, bridges, switches)

  • WAN equipment (routers)

This chapter describes each of these items.

Servers and Workstations

The word server can refer to both the hardware and software or just the software that performs the service, such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Workstation refers to any local area network (LAN) host (a computer) that enables a user to interface with LAN resources. ...

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