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Fundamental Network Characteristics
There are many different kinds of
networks, and network technologies used to create them. The proliferation
of networking methods has generally occurred for a very good reason:
different needs require different solutions. The drawback of this is
that there are so many different types of protocols and technologies
for the networking student to understand! Before you can really compare
these approaches, you need to understand some of the basic characteristics
that make networks what they are. While network types may be quite dissimilar,
they are often described and even contrasted on the basis of a number
of common attributes.
In this section, I introduce and
discuss a number of key networking concepts that describe and differentiate
different types of networks and networking technologies. I also introduce
and define a number of terms and buzzwords that you cannot
avoid if you are going to learn about networks. The topics here include
explanations of protocols, switching methods, types of network messages,
message formatting, and ways of addressing messages. I also discuss
the differences between client-server and peer-to-peer networking.
Note: If you have considerable experience in networking, you may not need to read everything in this section. I'd suggest scanning the headings of the various topics here; if you understand the terminology mentioned in a topics title, you can probably feel pretty safe in skipping it.
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