Tech Talk: Home Networking Quiz
by Staff
Home networks are becoming common in homes that use more than one computer. With people using computers for shopping, home businesses and entertainment, it can be essential to link up not only PCs but also fax machines and TVs. What's going on behind this linked-up system?

A home network is simply a method of allowing computers communicate with each other. At its most basic level, a home network must have all of the following to operate except:

  • print server
  • more than one computer
  • router

In wireless and Ethernet home networks, what directs traffic among connected devices?

  • cable modem
  • router
  • DSL modem

Of the following, what company is not a reputed purveyor of firewalls?

  • Firestorm
  • McAfee
  • Symantec

An Ethernet home network is also referred to as a ___ network.

  • wired
  • cable-connected
  • hard

If you're planning on connecting just two computers, what type of card is necessary?

  • category 5 cable
  • network interface
  • wireless Internet

Which of the following isn't true?

  • Wired networks are cheaper than wireless networks.
  • Wired networks are faster than wireless networks.
  • Wired networks are more secure than wireless networks.

Wireless networks are flexible because:

  • You can connect a limitless number of computers to one router.
  • You don’t need any special hardware other than the router.
  • You don’t need wires to connect your computer to the router.

Wireless security options include all of the following except:

  • MAC
  • MPA
  • WEP

A wireless router is essential for building a wireless network. Unfortunately, walls can interrupt the signal -- even though it extends about 100 feet (30.5 meters) in all directions. This device can help you get more coverage (even through those pesky walls):

  • router probe
  • wireless tunneler
  • range extender (or repeater)

While the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has approved MAC, WEP and WPA security options, studies have shown that ___ can be broken into fairly easily.

  • WPA
  • WEP
  • MAC