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Network Know-How by John Ross

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The Control Center

A network control center always performs these tasks:

  • It connects the local network to the Internet through a modem and a telephone line, cable TV service, or some other medium.

  • It uses a router to translate addresses between the LAN and the Internet.

  • It uses a hub or a switch to exchange data within the network.

  • It acts as the central distribution point for data cables.

In addition, it might also include these services:

  • A base station for Wi-Fi

  • A distribution center for audio, video, and telephone connections

If you're working from the floor plan you created after reading Chapter 5, you have already chosen a location for your control center. If not, find a place that is easy to reach but away from day-to-day traffic: the inside wall ...

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