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.
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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