Local Area Networks: Making the Right Choices
Are you planning to install your first local area network, or to upgrade and expand an existing one? If so, this book will help you choose LAN systems that are compatible with your business objectives and that best exploit the current technological opportunities. In an understandable and non-technical style, this book helps you avoid potential pitfalls by identifying key factors to consider in the selection of each LAN component. A concluding case study draws together all the issues discussed to provide an overall perspective. This book will help you answer the following questions: What are the components of a LAN and where can I buy them? Should I go for Ethenet or Token Ring? How do I choose the best supplier? Should I go for a structured cabling system? What is a network operating system and do I need one? What other devices can I put on my network apart from PCs? How can I connect my networks even if they are different? How do I choose my own LAN? How do I design my network so that it will last and can be easily extended? What is an open system and is it important to me and my network? How do I manage and maintain my network?
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applications Arcnet backbone network basic bridges cable network central coaxial cable communication connect copper cable cost data packets database servers desktop PCs disk drive dumb terminals enables Ethernet and token Ethernet LAN Ethernet or token example facilities FDDI fibre file server functions host computer installed interconnecting LANs ISDN LAN Manager LAN segments larger networks machine management system Mbit/s modems MS-DOS NetWare network interface cards network layer network management network operating system NICs nodes NOSs number of users OSI model overall peer-to-peer performance possible printer processing protocols queue relevant routers running shared shown in Figure single small businesses small networks solution source routing standards structured cabling system suppliers TCP/IP terminal server tions token ring LANs traffic twisted pair cable types of LAN Unix unshielded twisted pair vendors wide area network workgroup