Home Networking 101

by Ross McKillop on July 17, 2006

A home network is a series of Internet devices (PC’s, gaming consoles, PDA’s) connected together. A home network may consist of several PC’s, gaming consoles, etc – all in different rooms. When you connect multiple devices together in a home network, you can share files, printers and your Internet connection…

What is a router?

A router is a networking device that connects multiple networks together, for example, your home network and the Internet (the world’s largest network). A router allows each of your Internet devices to share the same cable modem Internet connection.

Are there different types of home networks?

There are two kinds of home networks, wired and wireless. The most basic difference is that wired networks communicate through data cables, while wireless networks communicate through radio signals.

The image below gives a basic outline of what a typical home network may look like.

a typical home network