In this chapter
Working with network interface cards
Selecting and installing a NIC
Using hubs and internetworking devices
Working with PC motherboards
Understanding processors and PC RAM
Working with hard drives
Differentiating server and client hardware
Now that we’ve discussed the different kinds of networks and looked at network topologies, we should spend some time discussing the hardware involved in networking. This chapter will concentrate on the connectivity devices that define the network topology—the most important being the network interface card. We will also take a look at hubs, routers, and switches.
Another important aspect of building your network is selecting the hardware for your client PCs and your network ...