Zhao, Wei Department of Computer Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
- Transmission media
- Circuit versus packet switching
- Packet format
- Access protocols
- Network services
- Connection-oriented communications
- Development of networks
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Computer networks that usually cover a limited range, say, within the boundary of a building. A computer network is two or more computers that communicate with each other through some physical medium. The primary usage of local-area networks (LANs) is the sharing of hardware, software, or information, such as data files, multimedia files, or electronic mail. Resource sharing provided by local-area networks improves efficiency and reduces overhead. See also: Digital computer; Electronic mail; Multimedia technology
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