Local Area Networks, a Hardware and Software Tutorial

by David M. Litvin, New York City Mayor's Office of, Operations, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


The ability to develop, access and manage information has become a strategic component of a competitive and productive office. The capability to connect groups of microcomputers is now becoming an essential part of that function. The person responsible for implementing a computer network must have a thorough understanding of the needs of the user community to be supported and a working knowledge of the technology and terminology. The three primary functions supported by linked microcomputers are: peripheral device sharing, file sharing and distribution, and electronic mail. This tutorial session attempts to provide attendees with an understanding of how to identify their users' requirements, relative to the three primary network functions, and to provide a basic introduction to the terminology, definition and capability of local area network configurations, equipment, and operating systems.

Subject Headings: Terminology and definition | Computer software | Computers | Computer networks | Electronic equipment | Equipment and machinery

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