Definition of Computer Networking

Computer Networking is simply a group of computers that are connected to eachother in some way (eg. wired (LAN), wireless or internet) for the purpose of communicating to eachother.

Computer Networking has existed for about 50 years, with the first computer network developed in the 1960s.

Since then communication via computer networks has sky-rocketed and there are a wide number of connection methods. Wavelink Communications specializes in Wired and Wirless LANs (Local Area Networks).

Types of Computer Networks

Below are a list of some of the computer networks:

  • Personal Area Network (PAN) is a computer network used by computer devices to typically one person. The distance is usually only a few metres.
  • Local Area Network (LAN) is the most used computer network, and is typically a computer network covering a small area, such as a home, or business. These typically come in wired form (Ethernet) or wireless.
  • Campus Area Network (CAN) is just a larger collection of Local Area Networks that are joined together. These usually just cover a limited geographical area and are often used in academic settings such as Universities or Tafes.
  • Wide Area Network (WAN) is a computer network that covers a broad area, such as regional or national boundaries.
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a computer network in which some of the links are carried by open connection to some other larger network (eg. the internet).
  • Internetwork is the connection of two or more distinct computer networks or networking segments. These typically use the Internet Protocol, and examples of the interconnected networks are the Internet, Extranet and Intranet

According to Wikipedia Networking (Computer) is:
"A computer network is a group of computers that are connected to each other for the purpose of communication. Networks may be classified according to a wide variety of characteristics."

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