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Understanding the Network: A Practical Guide to Internetworking by Martin J. Michael

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Chapter 1. Understanding Networking Concepts

When personal computers became part of the workplace in the mid-1980s, computer networking was, for most companies, an additional task for the computer administrator or perhaps a group project for those who needed and used the network. The computer network was primarily a way for individual computers to share common resources, for example, a file server, printers, or maybe terminal access. In the 1990s, all this changed. The explosion of the Internet, mostly due to the World Wide Web, has transformed computers and their importance in the workplace. What were once spreadsheet stations and personal printing presses have now become powerful communication tools that utilize text, graphics, video, and ...

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