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A. Expanding the Network > MINIMUM EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

As you contemplate the purchase of network devices, you need a financial blueprint as well as a physical plan. Some of the add-on equipment for networks looks really cool, but you might want to stick to the necessities for a while.

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Unlike most other commodities, computers and computer equipment keep getting less expensive. If you can’t make up your mind about buying some nifty gadget, it’s fine to delay the decision because the price will certainly go down.

ETHERNET MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

To add a computer to an Ethernet network, you need a network adapter in the computer (most computers come with built-in Ethernet adapters) and a length of Ethernet Category 5 cable long enough to reach the hub, switch, or router you’re using to connect the network.


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