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Networking refers to the technologies and techniques that enable the interconnection of devices and applications allowing them to communicate electronically.

Networking refers to the technologies and techniques that enable the interconnection of devices and applications allowing them to communicate electronically.

Originally referring to local-area networks (LANs) designed to allow communication between computers in the same office or university, networking now covers a broad swathe of topics. To name but a handful:

  • small-office/home-office
  • campus/metro area networks (MANs)
  • datacenters
  • wide-area networks (WANs)
  • optical networks
  • telephone networks
  • Voice over IP
  • wireless LAN
  • cellular telephony