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Chapter 17. Setting up a Small Network > Understanding Network Types

Understanding Network Types

Before you can set up Windows’ network software, you must install and configure network hardware. Your choice of network depends on your budget, the proximity of the computers to be networked, and your inclination—or otherwise—to lay cable.

Ethernet

The most popular network standard, Ethernet, is cheap, fast, and reliable, and it imposes few limits on where the networked PCs are placed in your home or office. To create an Ethernet network, you’ll need three components along with your PCs (Figure 17.1):


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