Soho & Enterprise Networks: Cisco CCNA

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In this lecture you will learn the characteristics and components of SOHO and Enterprise networks.

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English [Auto] Hello and welcome to the Soho and Enterprise Networks tutorial we're going to cover these two networking concepts because they're important and you should know them. Simply stated. First they come up on the job all the time. You'll hear them reference by colleagues or clients. You're also going to encounter them in a lot of certifications. So the CCMA unseating CC E.A. reference and quite a bit. Finally you're going to see them referenced in a lot of online documentation you're reading about very various subjects. So they're good to know. Now the good news is they're pretty easy concept so once you've got them you've got them and there's more good news you've probably already had exposure to one or both of these networks just by virtue of trying to get online. So you get to be a little bit familiar with these as we talk about it. First we'll start with the Soho network small office home office and then we'll move on to the enterprise network. Let's take a look here. This diagram is pretty simple. On the top we have a Soho network and on the bottom we have an enterprise network. So let's start with the Soho the biggest characteristic you should know about the most important characteristic. The most defining characteristic of a Soho network is that it's a small network. It's a small network. Generally 9:59 users are found on the Soho network. It's a rule of thumb. It could be a little bit outside that range. The primary purpose of a Soho network is to enable Internet access which means access to remote resources and also means access to local resources. Or do I mean by that. Well this network is very simple. We have a simple cable modem but this could be something else it could be a DSL modem as well or another high speed offering this network could have a hub hanging off of here. Don't worry if you don't know what a hub is yet we'll get to it in another tutorial. There could be other PCs on here perhaps a file server perhaps a printer so local resources can be found on the network as well. But generally speaking they're not too complex and they're not too big. That is the Soho network GR.-RE forward. Before we move on when like a quick mention if you're new to networking you're going to see a lot of diagrams with clouds here I'm just circling the Internet cloud cloud Judus using diagrams to represent a large number of nodes devices which the details of which are not necessarily important for the conversation at hand so they're just represented. Trust me it's lot easier to use a cloud to represent the Internet and to draw everything that's nearly impossible. OK so let's move onto the enterprise network. The bottom of the diagram is our enterprise network and the most important characteristic of the Enterprise Network is no that is a large network in comparison to the Soho network. It is much much bigger that media has many more users and many more resources. Also it means it probably has a larger or more powerful or faster Internet connection. You have a lot more users transmitting data. You need bigger pipes if you will to get that that data in and out of the network. So those are the chief characteristics of the enterprise network. The purpose of the enterprise network is very similar to the Soho network and that is to enable communication between employees and also grant them access enable them access to resources. Again it could be remote resources online somewhere in the cloud somewhere perhaps at a remote office or perhaps locally like a web server that we have here in this diagram just like the Soho network. This diagram is simple. It could be represented it could be drawn in many different ways. We have a cloud here which is this going to represent the local area network or LAN. We covered the details of lands in other tutorials so don't worry about that too much. But generally the land's going to have a lot more components in it. Routers switches firewalls perhaps other resources all represented by the cloud here your typical users is going to notice they have a PC of some kind they come into work perhaps they plug into a wall outlet and that's it. They're not too aware of what's behind or what's under the hood here. That's really left up to the network administrator. OK. So that is an enterprise network. Like I said pretty simple and pretty straightforward. So let's summarize what we went over. So network it's small. Generally 1 to 10 users. Again it's a it's a guideline and the purpose of a Soho network is to provide Internet access and access to local and remote resources. The Enterprise Network is large. Many users thousands perhaps even tens of thousands depending on the size of the company. There are also many resources on an enterprise network. Many more than found on the social network. And finally the purpose of an enterprise network is to enable communications amongst employees and to enable them to access resources both local and remote resources. And there you have it. That is the tutorial on Soho and Enterprise Networks. Thanks for watching.