From small to mid-size businesses to enterprises, network hardware plays an important role in these industries. Every network environment relies on several components, cumulatively referred to as a network system. These systems transmit data and facilitate computer network operations, a must-have in today’s ever-increasing reliance on information and telecommunication technology.
Although network environments may vary in terms of the types of components used, they all share similar hardware, including the following.
Network Interface Card (NIC)
All computers connected to a network requires a network interface card (NIC). Most modern computers, particularly those for individual use, have built-in NICs, but in cases of larger network environments, circuit boards, or extra expansion cards are a necessity.
To create a network environment, you need to have all devices connected to each other. And in order to achieve this, you need network cables.
Although the wireless industry continues to grow, cable connections still play major roles in network environments, not only because of their ability to carry greater amounts of data per second but also because of their higher security level.
Switches connect several computers together, creating a LAN. Located at the heart of a star or hybrid network, it serves the primary use of being the device where cables from each computer in the network connect to.
Routers, another critical component of network environments, connect two or more networks together. It is also common to use a router for joining residential or commercial business networks (LANS) to the Internet (WAN).
Transceivers: The Two in One Package Transmitters/Receivers
Transceivers, combining a transmitter and a receiver in a single device, have become more common in the modern networking world. In enterprise and data center applications, these transmitter/receiver devices optimize connectivity options, allowing Ethernet ports to link with fiber optic networks.
As one of the leading names in the transceiver industry, Cisco has created a wide array of industry-compliant SFP+ modules specifically made for making diverse networking environments perform even more efficiently. Just take a look at the SFP-10G-LR datasheet, and you will see just how impressive these transceivers are.
Take your time to do research on what transceiver is best suited for your business. Your company deserves the best.