Chapter 1

Let’s Network!


Bullet Getting a handle on networks

Bullet Considering why networking is useful (and is everywhere)

Bullet Telling the difference between servers and clients

Bullet Looking under the hood at the network operating system

Bullet Asking “How does it work when a network works if a network works for me?” (Say what?)

Bullet Assessing how networks change computing life

Bullet Identifying (and offering sympathy to) the network administrator

Bullet Comparing servers to clients: What have they got that you don’t got?

Computer networks get a bad rap in the movies. Beginning in the 1980s, the Terminator movies featured Skynet, a computer network that becomes self-aware, takes over the planet, builds deadly terminator ...

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