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10IPT: Hardware in Networks

posted Feb 15, 2012, 3:53 PM by Eddie Woo
We've mentioned some of these devices in passing, but today's lesson we'll look in detail at the kinds of hardware used in networks. Please complete the following tasks:
  1. For the following pieces of hardware, (a) describe their role within a network and (b) outline how they function:
    • NIC
    • Cables and backbones
    • Hubs, switches and routers
    • Bridges and gateways
    • WAP
  2. Evaluate the integration of WLAN technologies into medical, commercial, educational and engineering contexts.