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Network Know-How by John Ross

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Chapter 5. DESIGNING YOUR NETWORK

It's quite possible to construct a computer network "on the fly," stringing Ethernet cables from a central hub or switch to individual computers and other devices as you need them. But it's almost always better to spend some time planning your network before you start to install it. It's a lot easier to make changes to your design on paper rather than making adds, moves, and changes in physical space. This chapter offers advice and instructions for preparing a network plan.

I'm assuming in this chapter that you have chosen not to use either power line or video cable as your primary network distribution medium. Both of those methods can be practical in some situations, but a traditional Ethernet system, possibly ...

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