Our post yesterday was all about selecting the right computer networking company. But then we realized that you might not even know the basics of computer networking, which is why we decided to write this article, to keep it simple.
In order to understand the basics of how a computer network works, you need to first understand what a network is composed of. Networks consist of various devices-computers, switches, routers which are connected by cables or wireless signals.
In a network, there is a client and a server. A server is is a computer that hosts the content that is being viewed. Much like this article you’re reading on this website. The server holds this page until it is requested by the client.
A client is a different computer or device such as yours as you are using it to call upon our servers to view this article.
In order to send data across a network, an IP (internet protocol) address is used in order to identify the destination and origin of the data. The IP address comes in the form of four numbers that range between 1 and 254 with dots in between the numbers. Think of it like a street address, except strictly numerical. one part pinpoints where the building is located on a map and the other part describes the city, state, country, and zip code.
This may confuse some people and lead them to believe that we are specialists at fixing computers. We are not. We fix networking problems, like the ones described on this website. We fix systems, and not individual computers. However, if your computer is indeed broke, we recommend that you use Sacramento Computer Repair to take care of those needs, because they do an incredibly good job and their really fast too. We’ve recommended a ton of people go over there and they’ve all been happy as a result.
Anyway, getting back to the basics of computer networking, for simplicity reasons, we’ll use a traditional example of a network. 2 computers, a hub, and ethernet cables that link the computers to that hub. The hub basically acts as a portal that data has to travel to get from one computer to the next. A hub may get laggy if there are too many things being sent at the same time. This is where the switch comes in. Rather than repeating the that come in, the switch simply directs the message to the correct address so that it goes to the correct computer, and not any of the others that are connected to the network. Continue reading “Computer Networking Basics”