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Computer Number Systems Made Simple
Humans use a decimal based number system. The decimal numbering system uses the ten characters 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9 to represent numbers. The binary system used by computers has only two characters; 0 and 1. More ...

What is Cloud Computing?
You can't be sure where a specific Internet device is, it's just out there in the cloud of devices that is the Internet. An individual connected to the Internet can use an application that's in the cloud. An organization can place their data in the cloud. More ...

Network+ Certification Exam Tutorial - How And When To Use Virtual LANs (VLANs)
From your Network+ exam studies, you know that switches forward broadcasts, and that sounds great, but that's not always a good thing. A switch can have anywhere from 12 ports to 80 or more, and by default all hosts connected to that switch are going to be in the same broadcast domain. More ...

Media Access Control (MAC) Sublayer of the OSI Data Link Layer
Layer 7 of the OSI model, the Data Link layer, is concerned with the packaging of data into frames and placing those frames on the network. The Data Link layer actually consists of two sublayers, the Media Access Control layer, described here, and the Logical Link layer. More ...

Create a Peer-to-peer Network
Many small to medium sized organizations are wrestling with Windows server and paying excessive licensing fees when they don't need to. Sure, a server provides centralized security administration, but is it really more efficient? More ...

Bluetooth Basics - Bluetooth Technology Tutorial
You see advertisements for Bluetooth enabled cell phones, PDAs, and laptops, and all sorts of different devices taking advantage of this wireless standard. But, what is it? Bluetooth technology is nothing new, but in many respects it still seems to be more of a buzz word rather than a well understood, commonly accepted technology. More ...

Satellite Broadband Internet Service
Satellite broadband internet service transmits and receives signals between a ground dish antenna and a geosynchronous satellite. A geosynchronous satellite orbits the Earth with a period equal to the Earth's rotational period and therefor appears motionless, at a fixed position in the sky. More ...

NRZ, NRZI, Manchester Encoding, What Does it Mean?
NRZ (Non-Return-to-Zero), NRZI (Non-Return-to-Zero Inverted), and Manchester Encoding are terms for the shapes and voltage levels of digital electronic signals. This article also explains Manchester decoding. More ...

Network Classifications: LAN, WAN, WLAN, SAN, MAN, and PAN
Computer networks can be classified by how geographically dispersed the network's components are. Knowing the different network types and characteristics is a key topic for Comptia network certification. More ...

Turning Your Home into a Wi-Fi Network
Creating a customized home Wi-Fi network is a great weekend project that you can accomplish with some patience and the proper tools. Before you dive into the wireless world, make sure you know what lies ahead of you. More ...

What is an Ethernet Crossover Cable?
When connecting two computers together without a switch or router in between you need a special cable, called a crossover cable, that has the transmit wire pair swapped with the receive wire pair. More ...

Cable Broadband Internet Service
Cable broadband Internet service uses a coaxial cable and/or fiber-optic cable from the provider's office to your home or office. At your end, the coaxial cable connects to a router or modem. The router or modem connects to your network or computer through an USB cable, Ethernet cable, or wireless circuit. More ...

Cisco-Linksys Network Magic Pro
Having trouble connecting your devices together and to the Internet, or printing from any computer? With Cisco Network Magic Pro, you can avoid lengthy, tech support phone calls, hard to navigate online forums and expensive on-site consultants. It provides do-it-yourself tools for setting up, managing and securing your network. More ...


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