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HP ProLiant MicroServer for Dummies- Chapter 3: Defining Network Basics


The server is just one piece of a complete server solution. In order for a server to benefit your SMB customers, other puzzle pieces must come together to create a network. Two of the main building blocks of any network are routers and switches.



Routers connect networks to each other and computers to the Internet or wide area network (WAN). Their reliability is paramount, especially if the business relies on cloud computing services or cloud-based apps. Routers allow your company’s devices to share a broadband Internet connection. Placed at any network gateway, or at a network point-of-presence, routers determine the best route for a given packet (a unit of data divided for efficient routing) so it travels to its destination most efficiently.PS110 Router.png

Switches connect devices to each other. Simply put, they enable users to communicate and share information over the local area network (LAN). A network switch uses its physical connection points (ports) and software intelligence to transmit information as data packets between client devices including PCs, printers, IP cameras, IP phones, and LAN devices, such as servers wireless Aps, other switches, and routers. Data packets carry digital voice, video, or data. A switch also receives and sends packet traffic outside the LAN through a router or gateway. Your customers’ networks will need to connect a variety of devices depending on their needs and industry, and switches make these connections—which involve a variety of speeds, signals, and/or cables—possible.

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In Chapter 3 of HP ProLiant MicroServer for Dummies, you dive deeper into networks and discover more about the router and switch basics. It is important for your SMB customers to understand these network basics and how they work (directly and indirectly) with their server.


If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our earlier HP ProLiant MicroServer for Dummies blogs: Chapter 1: Understanding why you Need a Server and Chapter 2: Defining Server Basics. Join the Coffee Coaching community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn, and be on the lookout for the next blog in our Dummies series, Chapter 4: Introducing the HP Solution!


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