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

Chapter Description

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.

Key Terms

This chapter uses the following key terms. You can find the definitions in the Glossary.

  • Internet page 4
  • instant messaging (IM) page 7
  • social media page 8
  • collaboration tools page 8
  • weblogs (blogs) page 8
  • wikis page 8
  • podcasting page 8
  • peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing page 8
  • quality of service (QoS) page 12
  • converged network page 13
  • fault tolerant page 15
  • packets page 17
  • scalable page 19
  • security page 21
  • network service page 24
  • end devices page 24
  • host device page 24
  • intermediary devices page 25
  • medium (media) page 25
  • local-area network (LAN) page 29
  • wide-area network (WAN) page 29
  • wireless LAN (WLAN) page 29
  • storage-area network (SAN) page 29
  • intranet page 32
  • extranet page 32
  • cable page 33
  • DSL page 33
  • cellular page 33
  • satellite page 33
  • dial-up page 34
  • dedicated leased line page 34
  • Metro Ethernet page 35
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) page 36
  • cloud computing page 40
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