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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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Chapter 1. NETWORKING INTRODUCTION, CHARACTERISTICS, AND TYPES

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Someone new to networking will usually have some pretty important questions. What is networking all about? What are the most important attributes that describe networks? And what sort of networks exist? The obvious place to begin discussing networking fundamentals is to answer those questions using a high-level introduction to networking as a whole.

This chapter is divided into three sections. The first provides a quick introduction to networking. I define networking in the most basic terms, then place networking in an overall context by describing some of its advantages and benefits, ...

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