Chapter 1 Section 2 LANs, WANs, and The internet

End Device
is either the source or destination of a message transmitted over the network,
Intermediary Network Devices
regenerate and re-transmit data signals,
maintain information about the pathways exist through the network and internetwork , notify of error, direct data along alternate pathway if needed, classify and direct messages along priorities, permit or deny the flow of data.
provides the channel over which the message travels from source to destination.
Metallic wires
data is encoded into electrical impulses
Glass or plastic fibers
data is encoded as pulses of light
Wireless transmission
data is encoded using wavelengths from the electromagnetic spectrum
topology diagram
provides an easy way to understand how devices in a large network are connected.
Network Interface Card
A NIC, or LAN adapter, provides the physical connection to the network at the PC or other end device. The media that are connecting the PC to the networking device, plug directly into the NIC (Figure 2).
Physical Port
A connector or outlet on a networking device where the media is connected to an end device or another networking device.
Specialized ports on a networking device that connect to individual networks. Because routers are used to interconnect networks, the ports on a router are referred to as network interfaces.
Physical topology diagrams
identify the physical location of intermediary devices and cable installation.
Logical topology diagrams
Identify devices, ports, and addressing scheme. (Figure 2)
Local Area Network (LAN)
A network infrastructure that provides access to users and end devices in a small geographical area, which is typically an enterprise, home, or small business network owned and managed by an individual or IT department.
Wide Area Network (WAN)
A network infrastructure that provides access to other networks over a wide geographical area, which is typically owned and managed by a telecommunications service provider. service providers (SP),Internet Service Providers (ISP).
Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
A network infrastructure that spans a physical area larger than a LAN but smaller than a WAN (e.g., a city). are typically operated by a single entity such as a large organization.
Wireless LAN (WLAN)
Similar to a LAN but wirelessly interconnects users and end points in a small geographical area.
Storage Area Network (SAN)
A network infrastructure designed to support file servers and provide data storage, retrieval, and replication.
to provide secure and safe access to individuals who work for a different organization, but require access to the organization’s data.
Broadband Digital Subscriber Lines provide a high bandwidth, always on, connection to the Internet. runs over a telephone line. In general, small office and home office users connect using Asymmetrical (ADSL), which means that the download speed is faster than the upload speed.
Typically offered by cable television service providers, the Internet data signal is carried on the same cable that delivers cable television. It provides a high bandwidth, always on, connection to the Internet.
ses a cell phone network to connect. Wherever you can get a cellular signal, you can get cellular Internet access. Performance will be limited by the capabilities of the phone and the cell tower to which it is connected.
The availability of satellite Internet access is a real benefit in those areas that would otherwise have no Internet connectivity at all. Satellite dishes require a clear line of sight to the satellite.
Dial-up Telephone
An inexpensive option that uses any phone line and a modem. The low bandwidth provided by a dial-up modem connection is usually not sufficient for large data transfer, although it is useful for mobile access while traveling.
Dedicated Leased Line
Leased lines are actually reserved circuits within the service provider’s network that connect geographically separated offices for private voice and/or data networking. The circuits are typically rented at a monthly or yearly rate. They can be expensive.
Ethernet WAN
Ethernet WANs extend LAN access technology into the WAN. Ethernet is a LAN technology you will learn about in a later chapter. The benefits of Ethernet are now being extended into the WAN.