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Exploring the Modern Computer Network: Types, Functions, and Hardware

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This chapter focuses on networking as a primary platform for supporting communication. It describes types of networks, how they are used, and the type of hardware that runs them.
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This chapter is from the book


Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How do networks affect the way we interact when we learn, work, and play?
  • How do networks support communication?
  • What is a converged network?
  • What are the four requirements for a reliable network?
  • How are network devices used?
  • How do local-area network (LAN) devices compare to wide-area network (WAN) devices?
  • What is the basic structure of the Internet?
  • How do LANs and WANs interconnect the Internet?
  • What is the effect of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) use, online collaboration, video, and cloud computing on a business network?
  • How do expanding networking trends affect security considerations?
  • What are the three Cisco enterprise architectures and how do they meet the needs of an evolving network environment?
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