In this chapter
Defining the computer network
Reasons for networking personal computers
How PC networks got their start
Transferring data from the computer to the network
Understanding the role of the network administrator
It is certainly safe to say that computers have become as integral to modern life as fast food, cell phones, and sport utility vehicles. And although these trends may seem a little alarming, even scary (especially to anyone who has had a near miss with a massive SUV piloted by a driver who is preoccupied with his cell phone and a greasy box of French fries), the personal computer has evolved from a standalone device reserved for business applications into a device that can provide everything ...