Network Hardware Problems
A Review of Network Basics


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The size and complexity of networks being used today are wide and varied. They range from cobbled together components and crossover cables to extremely complex global networks. There can be a multitude of reasons for network problems, and likewise there is a multitude of troubleshooting techniques you can use to try and locate the problem and resolve it. Given all of this, it is not the intent of the information provided below to resolve each and every problem that you may encounter trying to resolve networking issues.

Instead, the following information focuses on the four prevalent technical support issues brought to us by both customers and non-customers alike.

  1. I'm using 10BaseT network components that consist of two network cards, a small 5 port hub and two CAT5 cables. I've installed the network cards, connected them to the hub and then loaded the software, but the network still does not work.
  2. I have a network comprised of all 10BaseT network components, four network cards, a small 5 port hub and four CAT5 cables. I've installed the network cards, connected them to the hub and then loaded the software. When I restart Windows three computers can see themselves and two others in Network Neighborhood, but the remaining one cannot.

  3. I have assembled my network using two network cards and a length of network cable between the two cards, but the network cards refuse to work.

  4. I'm using 10Base2 network components (coax) consisting of two network cards and a length of coaxial cable between them. I know the network cards work because I tested them, yet I can get the network to operate properly and the computers can't see each other.

The following represents the technical support assistance that resolved each of the frequent problems noted above.

Hopefully this information has helped you with your networking project. Our technical support staff is always available to assist our customers with issues that involve the products we offer.

 

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