Determining the Network Hardware
When you design your network, you must decide what type of network best
meets the needs of your organization. Some of the planning decisions you must
make involve the following network hardware:
The network topology, the layout, and connections of the network hardware
The number of host systems your network can support
The types of hosts that the network supports: standalone and dataless
The types of servers that you might need
The type of network media to use: Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, and so on
Whether you need bridges or routers extend this media or connect the local network to external networks
Whether some systems need separately purchased interfaces in addition to their built in interfaces
Based on these factors, you can determine the size of your local
Note - How you plan the network hardware is outside the scope of this manual.
For assistance, refer to the manuals that come with your hardware.