Computer Networking

Computer networking is the engineering that creates communication between computers and other devices. Learn about the different types of networking and the systems that make networking possible.

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We wouldn’t get very far without LAN switches -- bedlam would break loose at each network junction and most of us would be wondering what happened to that e-mail we sent two hours ago.

By Jeff Tyson

It turns out that everything you do on the internet involves packets. For example, every webpage that you receive comes as a series of packets, and every email you send leaves as a series of packets. Find out what this term really means.

Routers are a vital component of the Internet -- they comprise an intricate network that delivers millions of e-mail messages every day. Find out how routers deliver packets of information to the right place.

By Curt Franklin


FireWire offers quite a few advantages, though it does cost a bit more than USB. Learn what makes FireWire different.

Networking two or more home computers provides many conveniences, but how do you get started? Start here for the answer.

When you type a Web site address into your browser, Web servers are doing the work of getting you the page you request. Put our servers to use right here . . .

By Marshall Brain

Ethernet is one of the most common computer-networking components, and the standardization of this technology has created some of the easiest ways to connect a few computers with or without wires.

By Nick Pidgeon