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Network Hardware - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find video and text-based lessons that cover the basics of network hardware. Our expert instructors offer simple definitions and illustrative examples of network hardware technologies, such as servers, network interface cards, routers, modems and gateways. The lessons are designed to be short and engaging, and they each come with a short quiz to help you see how well you understand the information you study. You can access the chapter whenever you have free time, and when you're finished working through the chapter, you should be able to:
- Explain the functions and capabilities of servers
- Recognize types of network interface cards and LAN cards
- Discuss the applications of telecommunications hardware
- Describe the uses of VLAN and trunking
- Assess the functions of Internet, Internet-to-Orbit, Cloud and Internet of Things gateways
1. What is a Server? - Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, we'll define what a server is, the configurations that make systems function as servers, and the differences from computers built as servers. We'll also examine some of the different types of servers and their capabilities.
2. Network Interface Card (NIC): Types, Function & Definition
To connect to a network, a computer uses a network interface card (NIC). A NIC controls the wired and wireless connections of a computer to exchange information with other computers and the Internet.
3. LAN Card: Definition, Function & Types
In this lesson, you'll be learning about LAN (or Local Area Network) cards, which is used to connect computers to networks. After the lesson, test your knowledge with a quiz.
4. Telecommunications Hardware: Routers, Modems, Switches, Bridges, and Gateways
Building a computer network requires specialized hardware. Learn about transmission media and the variety of hardware devices needed for a computer network.
5. VLAN & Trunking: Definition & Uses
In this lesson, we will learn the differences between a LAN and a VLAN. The advantages of a VLAN implementation will be discussed as well as the application and uses of trunking within the VLAN environment.
6. Internet, Internet-to-Orbit Gateways, Cloud, & Internet of Things
In this lesson we will define several Internet-related concepts, including the Internet, Internet-to-orbit gateways, the Cloud, and the Internet of Things. We will look into their various applications and uses too.
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Other chapters within the Computer Science 108: Introduction to Networking course
- Computer Networking Fundamentals
- Networking Standards & the OSI Model
- Transmission & Networking Media
- The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol Model
- TCP/IP Mail Services & Network Troubleshooting
- Network Topologies & Ethernet Standards
- Wide Area Networks
- Wireless Networking
- Virtual Networks
- Network Security
- Voice & Video Communication Over IP