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Networking The Complete Reference, Third Edition by Bobbi Sandberg

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CHAPTER

9 Designing a Network

Planning is an essential part of any network deployment, and the design of the network is a crucial element of the planning process. Depending on its size and location, the process of designing your network can be simple or extremely complex. This chapter examines some of the concepts involved in designing networks that range from small home networks to large enterprise internetworks.

A network design can encompass decisions made at many levels. At a minimum, the design should include what hardware you intend to purchase, how much it costs, where you’re going to locate it at your site, and how you’re going to connect it all. For a home or small-business network, this can be as easy as taking a few computers, choosing ...

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