1.5 - Communication Hardware

The General Reference
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Networks require multiple pieces of hardware in order to create network connections.

  • Hub: Collects data from devices and transfers it to connected nodes
  • Switch: Collects data and transfers it to linked destination on the packet
  • Modem: Converts digital data to analog signal and transfers it along telephone network
  • Router: Transfers data to linked destination on packet and stores it
  • Wireless Access Point: Creates local area network and allows devices to connect to it
  • Hybrid Device: Combines other connection hardware into a single device

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