Like it or not, the majority of users often compare performance of an organization’s network to the network in their home. Knowing how to explain the fundamental difference between the two benefits users and system administrators. Being able to present the many layers of administration overhead may lead home users to adapt some of the practices that organizations use to protect and maintain their IT investment. This chapter covers the fundamentals of the home network and builds the foundation for understanding an organization’s network.
Figure 2-1. Basic home network
In Figure 2-1, there are four primary devices: