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Networks

Networking Vocab

TermDefinition
hardware (physical equipment that you can touch
software programs installed on the computer
Computer Networks allow users to connect over distances, file sharing, software sharing, and instant communication
workstations also known as desktop computers
Servers Servers can look like desktop computers; however, most do not look like your “normal” computer. Servers do not really need monitors, graphics, and sound cards. What they really need is hard drives
Modems device that enables computers to interpret data they receive from a network or send data in the proper form along a network
Hub Every computer that has that section of network (like a radio station) can hear everything that is being transmitted
Switches It works a lot like a two-way radio. It keeps track of which computers are where, and when something comes in, it sends it only to that specific computer, not every computer on that section of the network.
Router Each computer is given its own unique number by the router. When information comes into the router, it is then sent along to the correct number, or in this case, computer.
Peer-to-Peer Network all the computers run the same networking software and file systems for sharing. Printers, scanners, and other external devices are shared by the machine
Ethernet Ethernet is a type of connection between computers that forms the basis of most LANs. It also serves as one of the main methods for connecting a computer or network to an Internet hub.
LAN Local Area Network, group of computers that are linked together that share internet access, file access, applications, storage, and allow connected computers to share printers and scanners.
WAN Wide Area Networks, a collection of regular local area networks that are all interconnected to form one giant network. Oftentimes, schools and even large companies will operate a WAN
Client/Server Operating Systems allows the network to centralize functions and applications in one or more file server, ex: Macintosh OSX , Microsoft Windows Server, Novell, UNIX
Hacker someone who finds access in a computer’s security system to break into another machine.
Spam unwanted commercial e-mail
Viruses cause your computer to slow down or even destroy your hard drive
Adware/Malware software that gets installed on the computer. It can cause annoying pop-ups or even steal information
Information Threats Hackers steal important information: client information, back account numbers, etc
Created by: jenjones