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Eleventh Hour Network+ by Naomi Alpern

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CHAPTER 1 Network Fundamentals

The basic concept of networking is the difference between standing alone and being part of a group. Computers can also be standalone or part of a network. Networks are the systems that interconnect computers and other devices and provide a method of communication and the capability to share data.

What Is a Network?

Fast Facts

A computer network exists when two or more machines are connected together, thereby allowing them to share data, equipment, and other resources. By using a combination of software and hardware, the computers gain added functionality, including the capability to

  • transfer data between machines
  • save and access files on the same hard disks or other storage devices
  • share printers, scanners, ...

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