Network Services

Networking Services

There are different types of computer networks in existence; particularly the ones with very similar-sounding names. We have listed below the structures and functions of some of the most popular computer networks.

Types of Networks

Computer networks can be characterized by their size as well as their purpose.

One way to categorize the different types of computer network designs is by their scope or scale. For historical reasons, the networking industry refers to nearly every type of design as some kind of area network. Common examples of area network types are:

  • Personal area network, or PANlan
  • Local area network, or LAN
  • Metropolitan area network, or MAN
  • Wide area network, or WAN
  • Storage area network, or SAN
  • Enterprise private network, or EPN
  • Virtual private network, or VPN

Local Area Network Connection

A LAN, or local area network, is a great way to share files and devices between multiple computers. If you have several computers in your home, setting up a network will allow you to share an Internet connection, data, printers, and other devices between your computers – all without wires. Fortunately, the process is simple, and you can learn how to set up a LAN in your home by following a few easy steps.

  • Assess your needs in a network
  • Ensure that your computers have wireless networking cards installed
  • Set up an Internet connection
  • Install the router
  • Connect each computer to the wireless network
  • Share files over the network
  • Connect to any devices in the network

Router Setup

Set up a router for home computer networks. The exact names of configuration settings on a network router vary depending on the model and whether it is wired or wireless. However, this general procedure will guide you through the process for the common kinds of home network equipment.

  • Choose a convenient location
  • Plug in the router’s electrical power source, and then turn on the router by pushing the power button
  • Connect your Internet modem to the router
  • Connect one computer to the router
  • Open the router’s administration tool
  • Log in to the router
  • Enter Internet connection information
  • Update the MAC address of the router
  • Change the network name
  • Verify the network connection is working
  • Verify your one computer can connect to the Internet
  • Connect additional computers to the router
  • Configure additional network security features

What You Need

  • A network router
  • Network adapters installed on all devices to be connected to the router
  • A working Internet modem (optional)
  • A Web browser installed at least one computer in the network