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Chapter 21. Instant Networking > Tips from the Windows Pros: Grassroots Network...

Tips from the Windows Pros: Grassroots Networking

Despite their becoming so inexpensive and simple to install, networks are extremely complex systems under the hood. It's hard enough to solve the problems that creep up from time to time in an existing, functional LAN, but new LANs are worse because everything is untested, and a little problem in any one part can mess up the whole thing. Where do you start looking for the problem?

The answer is an exercise in delayed gratification! It's exciting to see all the new equipment, parts, and cables all over the building, but as much as I'd like to hook it all up and see what happens when I turn on the switch for the first time, I've found that it's best to start small.


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