Basics of Computer Networking

A network consists of all devices connecting each other in order to communicate between them across a small or large distances. Major components in it are computers, connecting cables, router, switch etc. It is important to create a network to improve the efficiency of users by allowing them to send and receive information easily. They are classified in to LAN, MAN and WAN according to the area it covers. Let us check each type of networks here.

Network Types

  1. LAN

    To read more about LAN, click the link below.
    Local Area Network

  2. MAN

    For the details about Metropolitan Area Network,click the link below....
    Metropolitan Area Networks

  3. WAN

    To learn more about it, click the link below.
    Wide Area Network

  4. Wireless Networks

    To learn more about it, visit the link below.
    Wireless Networks

Major Components in a Computer Network

All the hardware and software parts included in a network are network components. It includes computers, storage devices, hubs and switches, router, Ethernet cable etc. Let us check each one.
  1. Router

    To learn more about the component router, visit the link below.
    What is Router and Its Major Functions

  2. DHCP

    To learn more about DHCP and its functions, click the link below.
    Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

  3. Hub

    To read more about the functions of Hub in a computer network, follow the link below.
    Functions of Ethernet Hub

  4. ICMP

    To read how ICMP works in a network, visit the link below.
    Internet Control Message Protocol

  5. Range Expander

    Range Expander is an essential networking components in a wireless network. To read more about wireless range expander and its functions, click the link below.
    What is Wireless Range Expander

  6. ARP

    To learn more about Address Resolution Protocol and its working , click the link below.
    What is Address Resolution Protocol

  7. Adding Multiple  Routers

    In a big network, we may need to use multiple routers to connect all the network components. To perform this task, visit the link below.
    How to Perform Router Cascading

  8. VRRP

    One of the important software(protocol) components in a network is VRRP. To learn how VRRP works in a network, click the link below.
    Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)an overview

  9. FDDI

    FDDI is one if the important network topology. To read more about FDDI, visit the link below.
    Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)

  10. RPC- Session Layer Protocol

    To read more about RPC protocol and its working, visit the link below.
    What is Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

    If you face issues with RPC server, follow the instructions provided in the link below.
    RPC Server is Unavailable While trying to Renew IP Address

  11. WZC

    Wireless Zero Configuration has an important role in a wireless networking. To learn more about it, visit the link below.
    What is Wireless Zero Configuration

    In later versions of Windows, you cannot find WZC. Instead of WZC we have WLAN AutoConfig in Windows Vista onwards.
    How to Start WLAN AutoConfig in Windows 8 Computer

  12. Adapter

    Wireless adapter receives wireless signals from Access Point. To learn more about wireless adapter, click the link below.
    How to Enable Wireless Adapter

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