There are a few different ways to set up a computer network. You can do it in your home or in an office. You can have it be wireless or wired. This will give you a basic explanation of computer network equipment and how it works.
If you are setting up a wired computer network, you will need some sort of control box that links the computers to each other. You can do this with a hub box, a switch, or a wired router. All will link your computers together forming your computer network.
A computer network (LAN) is different from and internet network (WAN.) If you want your computers to be connected to the internet this will need to be done through a network adapter. However, this is only needed if you are connected through a hub or switch.
If you have set your network up with a router, you won′t have to get a network adapter. The router will take on both roles and can actually connect even more networks. You will have to pay a little more for one, but if you need it it’s worth the investment.
A router will provide you with the means to set up not only two networks, but have the ability to link many more networks. You can run your internet and computer network off of a router while at the same time linking hubs and/or switches to it as well. This is a great tool for large businesses to have.
If your main network is set up with a hub, you need to be aware of some of its problems. A hub is the slowest of the options out there for network connection. It also jams easily when too much information is being passed through it. To avoid this, you will either want to decrease the amount of computers you have on your network or set up your network with a switch instead.
If there is a lot of information being sent through your network, you may want to consider getting a network switch instead. A switch looks similar to a hub and has the same basic functions, but works slightly differently allowing information to be sent freely without jamming the system.
Setting up your own network can be a real chore. You want to make sure you understand the equipment before you start the set up. Make sure you are aware of the pros and cons to each part and what each one is worth.
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