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Computer Networking Basics and Certification

What You Need to Know About a Career as a Network Engineer
In order to become a network engineer, you must have the necessary skills as well as a love of computers. As with any other career, you need to follow certain steps to accomplish your goal. These are the top five requirements needed to become a network engineer. More ...

What is a Proxy Server?
A Proxy Server is a piece of software that works at the Application layer of the OSI model to increase the security of a network. A proxy server acts as an intermediary between the internal network and external networks. 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Network Know-How: An Essential Guide for the Accidental Administrator
This book is a straight to the point description of networks, what they do, how they operate, and how to manage them. The book is largely free of jargon and arcane, obscure terminology. The author does a good job of laying out the essentials in an easy to understand format. More ...

Definition: Cloud Computing
We keep hearing the term Cloud Computing, but what is it? Cloud Computing is a network of shared resources anywhere in the World that can be quickly provisioned in response to customer demand. 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 ...

What is a Network Sniffer Used For?
Sniffer is another word for network analyzer. Network intruders use sniffing to capture confidential information, and the terms sniffing and eavesdropping are often associated with this practice. More ...

What is DNS?
Have you ever wondered what happens when you enter, or click on, a web address in your browser? How does your computer connect to the Web site you requested? Part of what makes that happen is the Internet's Domain Name Service (DNS). More ...

Cloud Delivery Models
In order to realize the value from a cloud service the customers must have access to them. A cloud delivery model must be chosen. Implementing a cloud delivery model can vastly impact an organization. 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 ...

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 ...