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Chapter 1. Computer Networking Overview > Networking Does Not Require the “All ...

Networking Does Not Require the “All Knowing”

Now that we have defined some of the general aspects of computer networking, such as clients and servers, I’d like to take a moment to give you a pep talk. Although some incredible minds have worked long and hard on developing the software and hardware that is used to create a computer network, it is not required that you have the collective intelligence of all the network pioneers to be a network administrator.

Being a network administrator is the same as being a bricklayer or a concert pianist. They both understand the basics of their medium—the brick and the piano—but neither of them could necessarily create a brick or a piano from scratch. However, they both understand the tools of their trade. Even being the administrator for a small network used in a home office will require a knowledge base related to PCs beyond that of the average user.


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