This page contains information about basic networking principles.
Regardless of whether a network is fast or slow, wired or wireless, all networks share certain fundamental characteristics. At a minimum, there must be a computer making a request, a computer responding to a request, and a mechanism for the two of them to communicate.
A simple home network can be made from two computers, a printer, some form of connection, a router, and an Internet connection. UIUCnet shares the same general structure as that small home network, though many more computers and subnetworks are connected to it.
There are four elements that distinguish different types of networks from each other: speed, size, connection methods, and data- and file-sharing methods. These pages introduce you to the basic types of networking technologies currently available for network users.
If you have more than one computer in your home, you can share your Internet connection among the computers.