In the context of discussing computers, a network is basically two or more computers or peripheral devices, such as printers or scanners, connected to and communicating with each other. This video explains the types of configurations that can be considered networks, and what hardware and gear is needed to create both a wired and wireless network in order for your computers and other devices to communicate with each other and share an internet connection.
- [Voiceover] In the context of discussing computers,…a network is basically two or more computers…or peripheral devices, such as printers or scanners,…connected to and communicating with each other.…Technically, one computer connecting to another computer…is considered a very basic network.…More often though,…computers and other devices on the network…communicate through a device called a router.…A router handles and manages all the network traffic,…which is essentially the data being passed…from one device to another,…and ensures that the right data gets to the right device.…You may have heard of other devices…called switches or hubs,…which operate similarly to a router,…but with a little less sophistication and capabilities.…
I'm not going to get into the specific details here…and for simplicity's sake,…I'm going to refer to the network management device…as the router.…Even though I could also say hub or switch,…depending on what the device actually is.…Now, the point of a network is to make it easy…for all the computers in your home or office…
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- What is a computer?
- Purchasing a laptop vs. desktop
- Understanding files and folders
- Opening and saving files
- Working with software
- Setting up printers and Bluetooth devices
- Connecting to networks to go online
- Setting up email
- Receiving and sending email
- Searching the web
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Computers
2. Getting Started
3. Software and Applications
4. Computer Peripherals
5. Networks and Getting Online
7. Web Browsing and Searching
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