What is a home network?
What does NIC stand for?
A home network is a group of devices that are connected to each other through the use of Ethernet routers and swithes or wirless routers and access points. Home networks can also be connected to the Internet, but an Internet connection is not required to have a Local Area Network(LAN) or Wireless Local Area Network(WLAN). Devices that can make up a network are routers, wireless routers, switches, access points(AP), and wireless signal repeaters, and these are all connected by either Ethernet cables(i.e. Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Cat7) using IEEE 802.3 or similar network standards or through wireless signal using IEEE 802.11 standards.
What wireless router should I buy?
Wireless routers are extremely popular and are beginning to grow as fast as Ethernet routers through the use of dual band use of 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and with other wireless advanced technologies such as 802.11ac wireless. A router supporting 802.11ac equipped with dual-band signals can reach speeds of 1900Mb/s in total.
Are Ethernet Routers worth buying?
Ethernet routers are still viable and have a great amount of jobs that would not be great for wireless routers. Ethernet routers are more reliable due to their physical connection, and are able to support a more stable and constant stream of hi-speed data rates. These devices are optimal for creating office networks, gaming systems, and other systems and functions that absolutely require a constant connection.
What are network switches?
Network Switches are used for connecting multiple devices to a network through the use of Ethernet cables. While multiple devices can be attached to a router, they are are limited, so installing an network switch will allow anywhere from four to 24 or more devices be connected, depending on the size of switch you require.
NIC stands for Network Interface Card. This is simply another term for what most people refer to as network cards or network adapters.