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Introduction to Networking
In this day and age, networks are
everywhere. The Internet has also revolutionized not only the computer
world, but the lives of millions in a variety of ways even in the real
world. We tend to take for granted that computers should be connected
together. In fact, these days, whenever I have two computers in the
same room, I have a difficult time not connecting them
Given the ubiquitousness of networking,
it's hard to believe that the field is still a relatively young one,
especially when it comes to hooking up small computers like PCs. In
approaching any discussion of networking, it is very useful to take
a step back and look at networking from a high level. What is it, exactly,
and why is it now considered so important that it is assumed that most
PCs and other devices should be networked?
In this section, I provide a quick
introduction to networking, discussing what it is all about in general
terms. I begin by defining networking in the most general terms. I then
place networking in an overall context by describing some of its advantages
and benefits, as well as some of its disadvantages and costs.
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