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In this chapter, we look at various aspects of LANs. The chapter starts with an account of some of the factors that we need to consider when planning a LAN. We look at the choices between a peer-to-peer and client–server LAN and between a wired and wireless network. There are descriptions of various components and devices for both wired LANs and wireless LANs (WLANs). Brief descriptions of several wired LAN technologies come next, but the chapter concentrates on Ethernet, which is the commonest of those technologies by far. Finally, we consider storage area networks and grid computing.
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