A network is a system that
connects multiple computers together, so they can swap
information back and forth.
You can share all kinds of data over a network – from
documents and emails to music, photos
and video plus all sorts of devices such as printers,
scanners, iPODs, Media Servers etc etc.
Your broadband internet connection, should be shared so all the
computers in your household can access the web at the same time.
Photos, music and more
Networking isn't just about computers either: with the right
equipment we can also connect up your TV or link to your
hi-fi so you can listen to your PC’s music library.
Wired or wireless?
There are two types of network: wired or wireless.
A wired network requires you to physically connect each separate
computer or device using cables, while wireless networks use a
kind of radio wave to transmit data between machines without the
need for leads. On a wired network, each device needs to have an
ethernet (RJ-45) port – virtually all PCs have this.
Each computer is connected to a central router, switch or hub by
special ethernet cables. It’s also possible – though much less
common – to use serial, USB or firewire connections to link
devices in a wired network.
Another option is special hardware, such as HomePlug, which
makes it possible to use the network of electrical cabling and
sockets that already exist in your home to transfer computer
data between machines.
The wireless home
Thanks to wireless technology, networking is now more
home-friendly than it used to be, not least because it means you
no longer have to trail yards of ugly cabling from room to room
in order to get connected.
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