Today we are going to learn about Networking Hardware. This will include: Servers Hubs Switches Routers Network Interface Cards Servers Stores Data Files, software and operating systems. Manage User accounts & Security Allows Users to share peripherals Communication (E-mail & bulletin boards) Back Up Hub A hub connects nodes together Transmits the message to every node Message has an address on it and the node picks it up. Switch Intelligent Hub Reads address and only transmits that message to a particular node. Uses the full bandwidth Router Forwards data through an Internetwork Uses IP addresses to determine the best route to send data on its way. Network Interface Card Circuit board behind the Ethernet port It has a unique MAC address Connects a node to a network Group Work Topologies In 4 groups produce a presentation on the following 4 topologies • Ring • Mesh • Bus • Star The presentations must include a description, advantages, disadvantages, cable connections and the message process.