Networks and Protocols
Networks came into existence as soon as there was two of something: two cells, two animals and, obviously, two computers. While the overwhelming popularity of the Internet leads people to think of networks only in a computer context, a network exists anytime there is communication between two or more parties. The differences between various networks are matters of implementation, as the intent is the same: communication. Whether it is two people talking or two computers sharing information, a network exists. The implementations are defined by such aspects as medium and protocol. The network medium is the substance used to transmit the information; the protocol is the common system that defines how the information is transmitted.