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CUT5 6.5

Computers: Understanding Tech 5e 6.5

tower server A stand-alone server that has its own complete workstation setup, including a monitor, a mouse, a keyboard, and network adapters.
rack-mounted server The traditional type of server used in business. A rack-mounted server is more or less a fully functioning computer, although it lacks a keyboard, mouse, or monitor. It is typically mounted in a rack unit with other servers.
blade-mounted server A server unit that functions within a blade enclosure, which is a rack that provides components that multiple servers share, including power supply, cooling fans, and networking components.
switch A hardware device that physically connects computers within a LAN at a central gathering point in a physical star topology.
hub An earlier version of a switch that was unable to forward packets to specific ports.
wiring closet A closet designed to store networking equipment (such as switches).
router An enhanced type of switch that directs network traffic, like a switch does, but is able to do so on a larger scale, sending data out to other networks.
repeater A device that receives signals along a network path, increases the strength of the signals, and then rebroadcasts the amplified signals. Also called amplifier.
gateway A connecting device that enables communication between dissimilar networks.
bridge A connecting device that enables communication between similar networks.
network adapter A device in an individual computer or other device, such as a printer, that enables the computer to connect to a network.
network interface card (NIC) A network adapter that is a circuit board installed in the computer. The term is sometimes used generically to refer to any network adapter.
media access control (MAC) address A unique hardware identifier that each network adapter has. Sometimes called physical address.
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