Building a Network
You've learned how to make your computer recognize other computers in its network and begin sharing printers, files and an Internet connection. We'll now look closely at four types of home computer networks -- how each works, what each costs and what the pros and cons are. The options we will discuss are:
Ethernet is easily the most popular networking system available today. It is also one of the widest ranging systems. The equipment needed for an Ethernet-based network can be as simple as two network interface cards (NIC) and a cable, or as complex as multiple routers, bridges and hubs. It is this versatility that makes it so useful to businesses. We will focus on the basics for creating a home network.
Pros and Cons
Ethernet has many advantages:
It is the fastest home-networking technology (100 Mbps).
It can be inexpensive if the computers are close to one another.
It is extremely reliable.
It is easy to maintain after it is set up.
The number of devices that can be connected is virtually unlimited.
There is a great deal of technical support and information available.
And a few disadvantages:
If you have more than two computers, you'll need additional equipment.
It can be expensive if wiring and jacks need to be installed.
Set-up and configuration can be difficult.
The technical jargon and the number of options can be confusing.
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