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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What is a packet?

It turns out that everything you do on the Internet involves packets. For example, every Web page that you receive comes as a series of packets, and every e-mail you send leaves as a series of packets. Find out what this term really means.

How Routers Work

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.

How does a FireWire IEEE-1394 connection work?

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

How hard is it to set up a network between two computers in my home?

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

How Ethernet Works

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.

How Web Servers Work

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 . . .

How OSI Works

When information travels through a network, it follows certain guidelines to ensure compatibility. Find out about OSI and the protocol stacks that prepare your data for transfer.