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Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation, Second Edition by Christopher L. T. Brown

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Types of Networks

The interconnection of networks through and to the Internet has made it difficult to distinguish individual traditional network types (see Figure 5.1). Although lines of demarcation between networks are often grayed, it is important to network types where they exist. Earlier we mentioned several types of networks that investigators may come in contact with. At a minimum, investigators should be familiar with the definition and concepts of the following networks:

LAN. This setup is a network that connects computers within a given site, building, or home. Most LANs use fixed hardware media connections with copper and sometimes optic cable. LANs are sometimes extended or replaced entirely using wireless technologies in a WLAN. ...

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