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Windows® Small Business Server 2008: Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by Craig Zacker

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Networking Hardware

The physical layer defines the hardware that connects the computers on the network. Traditionally, this term refers to network cables that carry signals using copper conductors or fiber optic threads, but today, wireless networking is an equally viable medium for the small-business network. The following sections examine the various physical components that you must consider when planning your Windows SBS 2008 deployment.

Network Interface Adapters

Every computer that connects to the network must have a network interface adapter. The network interface adapter is the component that transmits and receives signals, using either a cable or radio frequencies. Virtually all the personal computers sold today have at least one network ...

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