In this chapter: How to Build a Local (Network) Roadway covers the basics on how networks work, what they're made of, and the benefits of using a structured cabling system. You will learn how computers can communicate binary 1s and 0s using electricity, list the components of popular LAN cables and connectors, compare and contrast straight-through and cross-over Ethernet cables, explain the operation of an Ethernet hub, and summarize the benefits of using a structured cabling system.
In this book: Computer Networking First-Step explains the basics of computer networking in easy-to-grasp language that all of us can understand. This book takes you on a guided tour of the core technologies that make up network and Internet traffic. Fit for those looking to take their first step into a career in networking or for those interested in just gaining a conversational knowledge of the technology.
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Excerpted from Computer Networking First-Step by Wendell Odom (ISBN: 1587201011).
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