Ch 7: Network Hardware

About This Chapter

If you need to quickly review the fundamentals of network hardware, look no further than this convenient online computer science chapter. Containing bite-sized lessons and quizzes, this chapter can help you improve your understanding of network hardware for upcoming exams, homework or projects.

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

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Network Hardware
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What is a Server? - Definition & Explanation

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.

Network Interface Card (NIC): Types, Function & Definition

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.

LAN Card: Definition, Function & Types

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.

Telecommunications Hardware: Routers, Modems, Switches, Bridges, and Gateways

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.

VLAN & Trunking: Definition & Uses

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.

Internet, Internet-to-Orbit Gateways, Cloud, & Internet of Things

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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