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CHAPTER 10: Network Shares > Planning for File Sharing

Planning for File Sharing

Computers that participate on a network communicate with each other using network hardware and software. The connection between the computers is called the communication channel. To share files with each other, two users must be using computers that have an active communication channel. This section introduces you to networking hardware, protocols, and network types so that you can implement network shares. The most difficult part of file sharing is planning the actual network on which the sharing will take place.

Understanding Network hardware

A local area network (LAN) is a group of devices connected using high-speed connections and sharing a locally managed network infrastructure. When you are building a LAN, you use specific hardware devices to allow for communications on your network. These devices include hubs, switches, and routers. Together, they make up the network infrastructure, or the internal building blocks, that allow the network to function:


  

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