For years, networking was supposed to be the Next Big Thing for the PC. It was coming! Watch out! Oddly enough, networking never really took hold until the Internet gained popularity, and even then it took the high-speed, or broadband, Internet to bring computer networking to full Next Big Thing status. That process took only about 20 years.
Computer networking can be a daunting and fear-laden topic, intimidating even. Thanks to the popularity of home networking and the domination of the Internet, computer networking is now something that even a mortal computer user such as yourself must deal with. Fortunately, beneath its terrible, tortuous terminology, computer networking is about the simple, friendly concepts of sharing and communications. It's useful stuff. This part of the book explains what you need to know.