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Computer and Communication Networks, Second Edition by Nader F. Mir

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Chapter 2. Overview of Networking Devices

This chapter focuses on networking devices. Familiarity with networking hardware devices is essential for understanding how a local area or a wide area network operates. This chapter covers the following aspects of network component functionality:

Network interface cards (NICs)

Switching and routing devices

Wireless switching and routing devices

Modems

Multiplexers

We start this chapter with discussion on the architecture of a network interface card (NIC). A NIC physically interfaces a networking device with its outside world such as a link that connects it to computer networks. We then proceed to the next topic of routing and switching devices by illustrating the block diagram setting for routing ...

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