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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab
Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

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Session 1: The home network

When you use your home computer to access the internet or to interact with other computing devices within your home, you are doing this over your home network. A typical home network will include one or more computers, a printer, tablets, smartphones and a device which we’ll call a home gateway. In this session you will take a closer look at a typical home network.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • identify your home network as a local area network – defined as a group of computers and devices connected together in a small geographical area
  • understand how the devices are connected together
  • begin to think constructively about how these devices communicate with each other.