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Chapter 1. Hardware Basics for the Absol... > Network Devices: Sharing Files and P...

Network Devices: Sharing Files and Peripherals

When you need to share files, printers, or an Internet connection between two or more PCs, you need to hook all your computers together into a network. Connecting multiple computers is actually fairly simple, and many new PCs come preconfigured with all the network hardware to do the job.

The most common type of network is a wired network using Ethernet cables and hardware. For this type of network, you need to install and configure a network interface card (NIC) in each of your PCs. If you're connecting more than two computers in your network, each network card then has to be connected to a hub, which is a simple device that functions like the hub of a wheel and serves as the central point in your network.


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