Connecting computers to a network is simple, once the hardware components are in place. This guide identifies the hardware that connects computers together in local networks, and local networks to the Internet.
Computer networking is a complicated subject, with many interconnected layers and interactions. To help developers and engineers understand how the various networking components work together, several conceptual models have been developed.
A computer network is a collection of computer systems that can communicate with each other. To communicate with a computer that’s on a different network, a system needs a way to connect to that other network.
Many users might not understand the network protocols they are using, but networking is a critical topic for application programmers and architects.
As IPv4 address exhaustion nears, many people are making the switch to IPv6. Linode offers native IPv6 addresses in all locations.
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