There are many different kinds of networks, however this paper will be about networking computers. As we move further and further into the paperless society, the need for people to be connected and able to exchange data just as fast as they could by handing a paper to someone increases. This can be accomplished by having a group of computers connected by a network, so that as soon as data is entered into one computer, it can be immediately accessed by someone else on a connected computer, no matter how far away it may be (though usually it is in the same building). There is much work involved in this and it in includes a lot of math, from equations to basic problems. This report will be based around the mathematical aspects of setting up a network.

The first mathematical question in setting up a network is very basic. How many computers will be connected to this network and how many guest computers might come on at one time is the question.

An example of a guest computer is if someone brought a laptop and connected it for a short while to download or access data. To find the answer to the question, simply count the desktop computers that will be connected and how many guest computers you expect to be connected at one time.

The second mathematical problem that occurs is best solved using an algebraic equation. Let x=the amount of desktop computers that will always be connected, y=the amount of guest computers that you expect to be connected at one time. So, the equation is: x+y+1. The one added on the end of the equation is another guest file just to make sure you don't fall short. So, this tells you how many files you need to create.

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Another great entry. Well explained and easy to understand, which makes a difference to how my DataComms lecturer would describe "networks" - lol.

I've also used the IDT facility, it can very useful with these amazing mobile phones coming onto the market with IrD ports. The transfer speeds can be a little slow, however its amazin how far we've come tho.

You can also buy IDT cards for laptops which allow you to network a number of laptops with any wiring. This is very useful especially if the point of the laptop - was to be "mobile" - with cables and NiC cards this was a pretty dull area before.

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