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A group of two or more computer systems linked together. There are many types of computer networks, including:
  • local-area networks (LANs) : The computers are geographically close together (that is, in the same building).
  • wide-area networks (WANs) : The computers are farther apart and are connected by telephone lines or radio waves.
  • In addition to these types, the following characteristics are also used to categorize different types of networks:

  • topology : The geometric arrangement of a computer system. Common topologies include a bus, star, and ring.
  • protocol : The protocol defines a common set of rules and signals that computers on the network use to communicate. One of the most popular protocols for LANs is called Ethernet. Another popular LAN protocol for PCs is the IBM token-ring network .
  • architecture : Networks can be broadly classified as using either a peer-to-peer or client/server architecture.
  • Computers on a network are sometimes called nodes. Computers and devices that allocate resources for a network are called servers.

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    Outstanding Page Ultimate Guide to Networking
    Introduction to networking, a run-through of networking terms and lingo, and descriptions of networking hardware.

    Outstanding Page Network Buyer's Guide
    Offers information on companies and products in the networking and storage (hardware and software) industry. Includes a searchable database of products and vendors, links to individual vendor sites and resellers, a library of white papers, press section, and online product presentations. Updated on Jul 16, 1998

    Outstanding Page The Cabling Directory
    The Cabling Directory is an interactive information and buyers guide for cable related resources on the Internet. Categories include: cable administration and assemblies, cable, connectors, connecting hardware, distributors, engineering, enclosures, and installation companies.

      Bob Cerelli's Windows 95 Networking Information
    Offers detailed information for setting up Windows 95 for TCP/IP connectivity, with screen shots along the way.

      Communications News Home page
    An electronic magazine that provides articles containing practical information on today's corporate communications networks. Updated on Nov 16, 1997

      Computer and Communications Standards
    Comprehensive collection of links to telecommunications standards and information pages.

      Data communications resource page
    Contains a comprehensive collection of links to educational materials for data communications, networks and telephony. Updated on Mar 7, 1998

      Direct Connect
    Contains information on how to network two computers on any Windows platforms using an inexpensive cable. Includes illustrated guides for use of interlink, direct cable connect, and remote access service. This form of networking is useful for transferring files from a notebook computer to a desktop, transferring files to a new computer, or sharing a printer. Updated on Nov 24, 1997

      IBM Networking home page
    A collection of links to IBM networking products and technologies, technical support, documentation, partners, FAQs, and educational resources. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

      Lucent Technologies home page
    Site of Lucent Technologies and offers links to their range of services, consumer products, programs, and company information. Updated on Aug 2, 1998

      Network Magazine Online
    Offers an excellent collection of articles, tutorials, product guides and news and analysis.

      Network Professional Association (NPA)
    Contains organization and membership information, along with links to technical resources, training and certification, journals, and news. Updated on Jul 17, 1998

      Network Standards Organizations
    Descriptions and links to the major international, regional, and national network standards institutes.

      Networking Related Links
    Contains over 3,000 unique links to networking information. This page is hosted by Saint Roch Tree.

      Nortel Networks
    Corporate site for Nortel Networks, provider of network connectivity products for corporate enterprises, service providers and telecommunications carriers. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

      Optical Networks Tutorial
    Excellent overview of optical networks. Addresses questions and explains the technologies, architectures, and market trends for emerging optical networks.

      The Information Technology Professional's Resource Center (ITPRC)
    Provides links to technical information relating to data networking, networking, and career management information. The site also includes message and chat areas for IT professionals.

      Yahoo!'s communication and networking index
    Yahoo!'s directory of communications and networking. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

      Yahoo!'s Windows 95 networking page
    Yahoo!'s directory of Windows 95 networking information. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

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