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Network Systems Technology Overview - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find lessons on network systems technology. Topics in this chapter include network operating systems, telecommunications systems, and the software and hardware used for each. In addition, you'll explore how networks are connected in organizations. This chapter can help you to do the following:
- Detail the components of a telecommunication system
- Explain how mainframe and client/server systems are used for telecommunications
- Relate details about Windows and Novell Net Ware network operating systems
- Understand the different types of computer networks and distributed processing
- Recall the various types of wireless computing devices
- Describe the different types and uses of short-range, medium-range, and wide-area wireless communication
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1. The Components of a Telecommunications System
Telecommunication is communication at a distance using electrical signals or electromagnetic waves. Learn about the components and properties of telecommunication systems.
2. Client/Server and Mainframe Systems Used in Telecommunication Systems
Telecommunications are managed in a number of different ways, including peer-to-peer, client/server and mainframe systems. Learn why client/server has become the most widely used network architecture.
3. 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.
4. Network Operating Systems (NOS): Windows & Novell Net Ware
Every computer needs an operating system, and networks require their own operating systems. Learn about the specialized functions of network operating systems.
5. Computer Networks and Distributed Processing: PAN, LAN, WAN, MAN
Computer networks can vary in size from a handful of devices within a single room to millions of devices spread across the entire globe. Learn about the different types of networks.
6. Communication & Wireless Computing Devices: GPS, PDA, Cellular & Satellite
A large number of different devices use wireless communications networks. Learn about the different types of devices and which communication signals they use.
7. Short-Range Wireless Communication: Bluetooth, ZigBee & Infrared Transmission
Short-range wireless communication uses signals that travel from a few centimeters to several meters. Learn about some of the most widely used types of short-range wireless technologies.
8. Medium-Range Wireless Communication: Wi-Fi & Hotspots
WiFi is the most widely used medium-range wireless communication technology. Learn how WiFi standards and access points are used to create hotspots for Internet access.
9. Wide-Area Wireless Communication: Microwave, Satellite, 3G, 4G & WiMAX
Wide-area wireless communication travels large distances, from several kilometers to thousands of kilometers. Learn how much of the world's communication uses microwaves in cellular networks, WiMAX and satellite communications.
10. How Star, Bus, Ring & Mesh Topology Connect Computer Networks in Organizations
Computers in a network are connected in some logical manner, referred to as network topology or network architecture. Learn about the different types of network architecture.
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