Chapter 24. Networking for Simple Computer Setups

As stated throughout the last three chapters, by its very nature networking can be quite technical. To fully understand and administer an average network requires knowledge of terms and network technologies such as you’ve been learning. It’s a world filled with specifications, protocols, terminology like broad- and baseband, and exacting configurations.

Yet, having said that, hardware for simple peer-to-peer home and small business networks has gotten very inexpensive and simple to set up. Much of the consumer network equipment out there has been designed to be installed by virtually everyone, no matter how little they may know about words like NetBEUI and IPSec (both network protocols). For those ...

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