Networking Fundamentals. CMPSC 255 Fall 2004. Aims. By the end of this Module you should be able to: Briefly outline the history of networking. Identify devices used in networking. Understand the role of protocols in networking. Define LAN, WAN, MAN, and SAN.
Wide Area Networks
As corporations grew wider communication was needed
Each branch of a corporation became isolated
Files sent by post or courier
WAN standards developed
Companies were able to communicate with other networks globally
Bandwidth Analogy 2