3.2.4 Hardware and Software

Today we’re going to spend some time looking at the different hardware and software which allows connectivity – cabled or wireless. Students should look for images to update many of the traditional pictures found. Discussion will include: network nodes, (computers, laptops, pdas, fax, plotter, printer etc.) servers, network cards and adapters, hubs, switches, modems, routers, bridges and repeaters. We’ll also discuss how the terms ‘proxy’ and ‘gateway’ have meaning in a  network.

We’ll have a brief discussion of networking software, and then on Monday take a look at what software our WGS Systems Manager Mr. Hancox has used to set up the network. He can develop a little further what the role and importance of this software is.

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