Get It Together

On Good Terms

Following are a few networking terms to get you up and running:

  • Network interface card (NIC): A device that allows a machine to communicate with other machines
  • Network operating systems: A set of operating system protocols (Windows NT, for example) that control the resources of a network
  • Node: A communication device attached to a network, such as a PC or a server
  • Port: A place where a physical connection is made between a computing device and a cable
  • Router: A device that connects multiple networks and forwards blocks of data between them
  • Switch: A multiport device that provides high-speed packet switching between ports

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This article was originally published in the November 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get It Together.

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