Index to computer networking articles.
Computer Networking Index
Part 1: Introduction to Computer Networking
This article provides a definition of computer networking and outlines
its purposes. It discusses the advantages and disadvantages of networking
versus stand-alone computing and gives a brief description of how data is
transmitted on a network.
Part 2: Computer Network Models
This article describes the characteristics and lists some of the advantages
and disadvantages of centralized, client/server, and peer-
to-peer networking models.
Part 3: Types of Servers
This article lists the most common types of network servers.
Part 4: Network Types by Size/Geographical Coverage
This article gives the characteristics by size and geographical coverage
of various types of computer networks, including LAN, WAN, MAN, Enterprise,
Internetwork, Intranet, and Extranet.
Part 5: Network Topologies
This article gives a brief description and advantages and disadvantages
of the three major network topologies: bus, star, and ring.
Part 6: Network Architecture
This article describes and compares popular networking architectures,
including Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, ARCNet, and ATM.
Part 7: Network Wiring
This article discusses general characteristics of network cable, including
bandwidth rating, max segment length, and interference susceptibility. It
contrasts broadband transmission with baseband transmission, and compares the
characteristics of the most common Ethernet media, including coax, UTP, STP, and
fibre-optic. It also describes and compares the characteristics of various wireless
Part 8: Connecting PC's
This article describes NICs, Hubs, and Repeaters and the roles they play
in connecting PCs with a local area network.
Part 9: Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) Reference Model
This article describes the hypothetical Open Systems Interconnect (OSI)
reference model and presents several "real world" network models.
Part 10: Networking Protocols and APIs
This article describes networking protocols and APIs, including
NetBEUI, NETBios, TCP, IP, IPX, SPX, ARP, RARP, RIP, SNMP, DLC,
IPX/SPX, NDIS, ODI, AND TDI.
Part 11: Segmenting Networks
This article discusses the purpose of segmenting LANS and describes
and compares and contrasts segmenting using bridges and switches.
Part 12: Connecting Networks to Networks
This article describes hardware devices which are used to interconnect two or more
local area networks into an internet. Devices covered are repeaters, bridges, routers,
brouters, switches, and gateway.
Networking Notes Bibliography
A bibliography of sources used in the preparation of Networking Notes.
Finding a Network Card's MAC Address
This article lists the commands or methods to discover the MAC address of
network cards under various operating systems.