Chapter 1: Planning a Network

In This Chapter

check.png Making a network plan

check.png Taking stock of your computer stock

check.png Making sure that you know why you need a network

check.png Making the three basic network decisions that you can’t avoid

check.png Using a starter kit

check.png Looking at a sample network

Okay, so you’re convinced that you need to network your computers. What now? Do you stop by Computers-R-Us on the way to work, install the network before drinking your morning coffee, and expect the network to be fully operational by noon?

I don’t think so.

Networking your computers is just like any other worthwhile endeavor: Doing it right requires a bit of planning. This chapter helps you to think through your network before you start spending money. It shows you how to come up with a networking plan that’s every bit as good as the plan that a network consultant would charge thousands of dollars for. See? This book is already ...

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