A soho network typically consists of a single router

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A SOHO network typically consists of a single router connected to the Internet. Oftentimes this router is a device that combines the functionalities of a router switch and wireless access point into a single device. The network itself has between one to 10 devices that use either a wired or wireless connection. Most SOHO networks don't use dedicated servers, such as print, web, or file servers. Instead, a SOHO environment will do things like connect a wireless printer to the network for printing, or share files using a work group model, where each computer simply shares specific folders for others to access.Sometimes a network attached storage device designed for SOHO networks will be used. The key thing to remember is that a SOHO network typically uses standard, consumer level devices.You aren't going to see enterprise level, 24 port managed switches in this type of networking environment. Understanding the SOHO Router 1:08-1:24 The SOHO router is the heart of the SOHO network. This router not only connects devices, but it also fulfills multiple roles. Because of this, it's important that you know not only how to manage and configure one, but also how to select an appropriate SOHO router for various types of SOHO networks. Selecting an Appropriate Router 1:25-2:31 The first thing to consider when selecting a router is the Internet connection being used. A lot of routers are able to also function as an Internet modem, or, say, a cable Internet, or DSL Internet connection. For example, it's possible to purchase a router that has RJ11 port and functions as a DSL modem.Instead of having both a router and a DSL modem, you could have a single device that has the functionality of both. However, sometimes a router modem combination device might not offer all of the functionalities that you need. In addition, some Internet services don't use a modem, and simply use an Ethernetcable with an RJ45 connector. If either is the case, you can simply purchase a router that has an RJ45 port on the back, and connect it to the dedicated Internet modem, or Ethernet cable. The same is true with wireless functionality. As I said earlier, a lot of routers also function as a wireless access point, but again, you might want a more robust wireless access point. If this is the case, it might be better to select a router with only wired functionality, and purchase a separate wireless access point and connect it to the router. Configuring the Router 2:32-3:45 After the router has been selected, there are some key steps that should be taken any time you're setting up a new router. The first step is to change the default login credentials. Most routers use a default username of admin. Some routers allow you to change this, but a lot of SOHO routers don't offer this functionality. However, all routers allow you to change the password, and this should be done immediately. Change the password to something complex that uses numbers, symbols, as well as lowercase and uppercase letters.
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  • Spring '14
  • Computer network, Local area network, Network topology, Metropolitan area network

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