Reads the data packet's destination address
Looks up all the paths it has available to get to that address.
Checks on how busy each path is at the moment
Sends the packet along the least congested (fastest) path.
Each computer will be connected to a single 'port' on the hub. So if you purchase an '8 port hub', you will be able to connect up to eight computers together.
You can also 'daisy chain' hubs to allow even more computers to join the network.
A gateway converts the data passing between dissimilar networks so that each side can communicate with each other. i.e converts data into the correct network protocol.
The gateway is a mixture of hardware components and software.
This is unlike a standard 'Bridge' which simply joins two networks together that share the same protocol.
In my opinion, networking really helpful in our daily life. It makes us easy to connect with other people. Other than that, it benefits us in terms of works. The main thing is that it is very exciting to explore networking. There are too many tools that I do not know. I use it but i do not know the exact name of the tools. It is such a waste if I do not grab this knowledge.
That is all for today's lesson. I'll continue next week.