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LAN stands for "local area network". It refers to a network or a portion of a network that is not publicly accessible to the greater internet. A home or office network is an example of a LAN.
A packet is, generally speaking, the most basic unit that is transferred over a network. When communicating over a network, packets are the envelopes that carry your data (in pieces) from one end point to the other.
A network interface can refer to any kind of software interface to networking hardware. For instance, if you have two network cards in your computer, you can control and configure each network interface associated with them individually.
A router is a piece of hardware that connects a LAN to another; it can forward data packets between computer networks. One such network a router could connect to is the internet.
A connection point for devices in a network. Unintelligent - packets are broadcast to every device.
Filters and forwards packets within a network. This creates a direct connection between devices (intelligent).
Wireless Access Point (WAP)
Enables devices to connect to a wireless network to communicate with each other using standards such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Network interface card; a board inserted in a computer that provides a physical connection to a network.
Cable that connects computers to the LAN.
Fibre Optic Cable
A high performance cable that uses light to carry data.
A device to connect two different networks that use different protocols without requiring a change in either one's protocol. (Like a translator)
Wide Area Networks
A global network connecting millions of computers, making it possible to exchange information.
Domain Name System
Elastic leasing of pooled computer resources over the internet.
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