Computer network

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A computer network is a system for communication among two or more computers.

Computer networks may be categorized with respect to range:

Computer network applications may be categorized with respect to the functional relationships between components:

Computer networks may be categorized with respect to connective topologies:

Computer networks may be implemented using a variety of protocol stack architectures, or combinations of media and protocol layers, incorporating one or more of:

For standards see IEEE 802.

Suggested topics:


An often cited reference is Andy Tannenbaum, "Computer Networks" (ISBN: 0133499456).

see also computing, internet, routing