Wide Area Network (WAN)

Types and Characteristics of WANs What is a WAN? There are two prevailing definitions of a Wide Area Network (WAN). The book definition of a WAN is a network that spans large geographical locations, usually to interconnect multiple Local Area Networks (LANs). The practical definition of a WAN is a network that traverses a public network or commercial carrier, using one of several WAN technologies What are its Main Components? The main components for a WAN are routers, switches and modems. These components are described below in the hardware section. CPE – Devices on the subscriber premises are called customer premises equipment (CPE). The subscriber owns the CPE or leases the CPE from the service provider. A copper or fiber cable connects the CPE to the service provider’s nearest exchange or central office. This cabling is often called the local loop, or “last-mile”. DTE/DCE – Devices that put data on

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Starting a Home-Based Internet Business

Whatever your background, your education, your previous employment, your gender or your life experience everyone starting a home-based internet business is beginning on a level playing field. Perhaps someone whose background is in some form of offline marketing has certain advantages because of their understanding of the marketing process but they will still have many new skills to acquire especially in respect of the technical side of the business. There will be newcomers to the business whose background is in computer technology. They will have certain advantages with regard to the technical aspects of the business but will still have to learn about the marketing and copywriting side of things. There will be others who come from the retail trade. They will have useful experience when it comes to the actual selling but will find many new things that they need to learn to acquire a comprehensive picture of the

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Entertainment and the Fashion Industry

The entertainment industry and the fashion world have been interlinked for hundreds, if not thousands of years. However, what probably started as getting dressed up for the theater has evolved into intertwined fortunes in which entertainment drives fashion, and fashion drives entertainment. Television shows, cinema and music aren’t just outlets for creativity anymore, they have become outlets for fashion to such an extent that fashion, in some cases, has become the driving force behind the “creativity” of entertainment. Obviously, one of the big stepping-stones in the evolution of this semi-symbiotic relationship was the advent of the star. Stepping out on the red carpet at award ceremonies, theater opening nights and film premiers in the latest couture dresses and tailor made designer suits meant that stars from all areas of the entertainment industry have become conduits for the delivery of the latest fashions to the mass media. It would be a

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How to Select a Home-Based Business

Everyone is aware that the United States is in a recession. The word recession conjures up images of people standing in unemployment lines, food pantry lines, and Salvation Army lines. Unemployment rates typically skyrocket during a recession. More people are out of work during a recession than any other time. Other signs of a recession are increasing numbers of bankruptcies and foreclosures. Stock market Declines are also prevalent during a recession. These have made headlines along with the financial crisis facing us today. Many people are concerned about their jobs. Major corporations have announced reductions and some have cut as much as 20% of their workforce. Recessions are temporary but, by the very definition of negative economic growth for two consecutive quarters, it takes time for the economy to return to normal. Many people will be adversely affected by this recession because of the predicted effect it will have on

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