How to build a network
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Sharing information of one computer with another computer is known as a network, so if you wish to share files, printers, mail between your computers then build a network. Start by reviewing the network basics, and decide what sort of a network you want. It can be a simple network or one involving PCs and a server. The simple ones are two or more computers connected together by a network, while a server one involves PCs and one server.
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Once you have made sure what network you require, decide the type of cable you need, whether it is a hub and whether there are any physical pressure on the PCs and other equipment.
Now think about how you are going to assemble components together, and buy the components that you require. Before you decide on the components read about networking components that are available. Read the hardware review about each component.
Now you should get the information about Fast Ethernet, as this type of networking is good for multimedia, video and other applications which require speed. There are various components to building a network and it is upto you what you would like to create. Here are some of the devices you can use while creating a network.
A hub is a simple device, and a common connection point for devices used in a network. A hub receives the incoming data packet and copies it to the other ports in the hub.
Bridges also known as transparent bridges, forward data to the destination address which is in the data packet according to the destination.
Switches are similar to bridges, but they have multiple ports and have the same flavor connection. It is used to isolate data flow when the network is heavily loaded. Switches allow a mixing of 10 and 200 Mbps connections.
Data packets are transferred from one place to the others through routers. They are OSI model Layer 3 devices, and depending on the Network address, forward data. Each LAN is isolated by routers through a separate subnet.