Ch 8: Networking & Systems Technology

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Networking Systems & Technology - Chapter Summary

This information systems chapter explains concepts related to networking systems and technology. As you work through this series of informative lessons, you'll become more familiar with types of wireless communication, network operating systems, telecommunications hardware and more. Our instructors also explain the concept of electronic data interchange. Complete the chapter at your own pace, and take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to make sure you fully understand the chapter material. When you're finished working through these lessons and quizzes, you'll be able to:

  • Describe short-range, medium-range and wide-area wireless communication
  • Understand the functions of several wireless computing devices and types of telecommunications hardware
  • Explain the concept of optical fiber and distributed processing
  • Recognize the components of network operating systems and computer networks
  • Outline the process of electronic data interchange and the transfer of transactional information
  • Know how computer networks are connected in organizations
  • Evaluate telecommunication systems' client/server and mainframe systems

11 Lessons in Chapter 8: Networking & Systems Technology
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Wide-Area Wireless Communication: Microwave, Satellite, 3G, 4G & WiMAX

1. 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.

Communication & Wireless Computing Devices: GPS, PDA, Cellular & Satellite

2. 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.

Short-Range Wireless Communication: Bluetooth, ZigBee & Infrared Transmission

3. 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.

Medium-Range Wireless Communication: Wi-Fi & Hotspots

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

What is Optical Fiber? - Definition & Concept

6. What is Optical Fiber? - Definition & Concept

Optical fiber is a type of cabling technology that uses light to carry voice and data communications (telecommunications) over distances both great and small. This lesson will provide a definition of optical fiber, explore the different types and explain how the different types are used. We'll also look at the advantages of optical fiber over traditional copper wiring and examine the limitations.

Network Operating Systems (NOS): Windows & Novell Net Ware

7. 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.

Computer Networks and Distributed Processing: PAN, LAN, WAN, MAN

8. 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.

Electronic Data Interchange and the Transfer of Transactional Information

9. Electronic Data Interchange and the Transfer of Transactional Information

Electronic Data Interchange is a set of rules that describe how electronic business is conducted over a computer network. Learn how EDI replaces the paper documents that used to be part of most business transactions.

How Star, Bus, Ring & Mesh Topology Connect Computer Networks in Organizations

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.

Client/Server and Mainframe Systems Used in Telecommunication Systems

11. 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.

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