Home Networking Hardware Requirements
Although setting up a home network isn’t necessarily an expensive or difficult project, you will need a few basic pieces of hardware to connect your computers, printers, gaming consoles, and assorted gadgets and do-hickeys to each other — and to the Internet.
|DSL or Cable Modem||A DSL or cable modem connects your computer to a high-speed DSL
or cable Internet connection. Although dial-up modems are still
available for slower dial-up Internet connections, the connection
speeds are far too slow for a home network.
|Wired or wireless router||A wired or wireless router connects your DSL or cable modem to
your home network. Many DSL/cable modems now have built-in routers
that allow you to connect your network directly to your Internet
|Wired or wireless network adapters||A wired or wireless network adapter is the device in your
computer (or printers, gaming consoles, and other networking
equipment) that connects your computer to your network.
|Ethernet cabling||Ethernet cabling is used to connect your wired network adapters
to a router or network switch. Even if you are using a wireless
router, you will need at least one Ethernet cable to connect your
wireless router to your DSL or cable modem.