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Computer networks may utilize hubs, switches, routers, adapters, cables and several other types of hardware equipment. Become savvy in how network gear works and how to use it.
  1. Hubs and Switches
  2. Wireless Network Hardware (33)
  3. Modems (12)
  4. Home Network Routers (45)
  5. Network Adapters (5)
  6. Network Cables (22)
  7. Ethernet (17)
  8. USB (8)

What Is a Router?
A router is a small hardware device that joins multiple networks together. These networks can include wired or wireless home networks, and the Internet.

How To Network A Printer
Networking your printer allows it to be shared among all computers at home rather than just one. Printing from your phone or iPad is also possible. A printer may support several different types of networking, and the steps to set it up properly also depend on the home network's configuration.

Top 802.11g Wireless Routers for Home
The 802.11g standard supports much faster peer networking than the older 802.11b standard. These routers are designed to share a broadband Internet connection and usually contain a built-in firewall, DHCP server, and network switch.

Introduction to Hubs
A hub is a very simple hardware device that supports basic file sharing between computers connected with network cables.

What Is a Network Switch?
A network switches is a small hardware device that join multiple computers together at a low-level network protocol layer. Switches differ in capability from both hubs and routers.

What is the Difference Between a Hub and a Switch?
Switches are "smarter" than hubs, but what does that really mean? This article explains the difference between using hubs and switches in home computer networks.

FireWire - IEEE 1394
FireWire is a high performance networking standard based on a serial bus architecture similar to USB. You can use FireWire cables and connections for fast local file transfer.

What Is a Layer 3 Switch?
Traditional network switches operate at Layer 2 of the OSI model while network routers operate at Layer 3. This often leads to confusion over the definition of Layer 3 switch. Layer 3 switches actually differ very little from routers.

MTU - Maximum Transmission Unit
The MTU is the maximum size of a single data unit (e.g., an Ethernet frame) of digital communications. MTU sizes are properties of physical network interfaces, measured in bytes.

PCMCIA
PCMCIA is an industry organization best known for developing a standard network adapter called the PC Card. Many notebook computers contain two PCMCIA slots that hold one or two of these cards.

Bridge
In computer networking, a bridge divides a LAN into two segments, selectively forwarding traffic across the network boundary it defines. A bridge is not quite the same as a switch.

Repeater
Repeaters extend the distance a network can span by ensuring good signal quality.

2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Wireless and Home Computer Networking
These products make excellent holiday gifts for anyone who uses computers, phones and other mobile devices. Wireless and computer network gadgets help friends and family better communicate, have more fun and improve their productivity.

RS-232
RS-232 is a telecommunications standard for connecting certain types of electronic equipment. RS-232 interfaces called ports are used on many older PC computers and modems.

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