In this chapter, you will learn how to
• Explain what a network does
• Describe the components of a wired network
• Use a network to share resources
Few PCs are islands unto themselves. To experience the full power of computers, you must connect them to other computers. Imagine you receive a new computer, but it’s not on a network, so you can’t send e-mail, download music, or interact across the Internet with your friends. How boring would that be? If, in today’s world, you can’t connect your computer to someone else’s, you might as well not have a computer at all.
When you link computers together to share files and communicate and do all the things we like to do, you create a network. Networks range in size from the ...