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Are you planning a career in Internetworking? Web development? Web or network administration? i-Net+ certification is an excellent way of demonstrating your skills, and the i-Net+ Study Guide is the comprehensive resource you need to prepare for and pass this all-important exam. Inside, three experts teach you everything you need to know, linking all their instruction to specific exam objectives and ...
Are you planning a career in Internetworking? Web development? Web or network administration? i-Net+ certification is an excellent way of demonstrating your skills, and the i-Net+ Study Guide is the comprehensive resource you need to prepare for and pass this all-important exam. Inside, three experts teach you everything you need to know, linking all their instruction to specific exam objectives and equipping you with the knowledge and confidence you need to pass the test.
Of the Internet components, Internet clients are the most visible. An Internet client is the combination of hardware and software that allows a user to interact with servers on the Internet. The Internet client formats server requests, sends the requests to the server, and displays the results when they are received from the server.
In this chapter, you'll learn about the most common clients used on the Internet and the requirements for using them.
Internet Client Requirements
In order to use a client to make requests of the Internet, you must have a few items in place. These items make it possible for you to run the client application and use it for Internet requests:
Hardware is any computer item that you can touch. Internet clients do require some types) of hardware in order to run. The following sections will discuss all of the hardware issues relating to Internet clients, including the following:
Each client software package has its own hardware requirements, usually listed on the side of the box or on the manufacturer's Web site. If the hardware requirements aren't met, the software either won't run at all or will run poorly. The following list includes some of the hardware requirements you'll come across for client software:
Minimum processor speed Specifies the slowest possible processor (CPU) the client will run on. Although the software will run if the processor in your PC is the same as this value, to realize the best possible performance, it is commonly recommended that you have a processor in your computer that is newer (faster) than the specified processor.
Minimum RAM Specifies the minimum amount of memory (RAM) you must have installed in your PC for the client software to run correctly. The specification is usually given in megabytes (MB). However, for best performance, make sure the RAM configuration in your computer exceeds this requirement.
Hard disk space required Signifies how much disk space (megabytes, or MB) the client will require in order to be installed on your system. This number is usually pretty accurate, but it's never a bad idea to have a bit more than the requirement.
Internet Client Hardware Platforms
Internet clients have to run on some type of electronic hardware device.
These devices fall into one of two categories, each with its own merits and disadvantages. We'll describe two of the platforms: the personal computer (PC) and the Internet appliance.
Many homes have personal computers today. A personal computer (PC) is the most common Internet client hardware platform-mainly because it is so flexible. In addition to supporting Internet clients, a PC can be used to play games and use productivity applications (like a word processor or a spreadsheet program). Therefore, a PC's main advantage is its flexibility. Its main disadvantage is its cost, which is, however, continuing to drop. In fact, nowadays, it's possible to buy a PC for less than $1,000 for the entire system, including a printer.
Those that can't (or won't) buy a PC for their home may instead have an Internet appliance like Microsoft's WebTV. An Internet appliance is a device that you connect to your television and to a phone line to provide Internet access without a computer. Internet appliances usually come with a wireless keyboard so you can type information into forms and search engines. If your main reason for owning a PC is to search the Web, an Internet appliance may be a better choice. However, there are a few drawbacks:
Posted April 29, 2001
This book is great if you want to get i-NET+ certified. It has all you need to pass the exam. The CD was great too. Some of the questions on the CD came up on the actual examWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2000
The book was a solid introduction to the Internet. It appeared to have all the right chapters, but did not cover enough subject matter that was on the exam. If I was depending on this book alone to pass the i-Net+ exam, I would not have made it. I agree with the other reviewer who states that this is a good example of getting to press before anyone else. That said the book is a good introduction to the general subject matter and if the only thing you were looking for was an introduction to i-net, then the book was OKWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2000
Made a 93 on the exam, but about 10-15% of the questions weren't even touched by the book. This book is definately more than enough to get you certified, because it is incredibly reader-friendly, and a good number of the review questions showed up in only a slightly deifferent format on the exam. David Groth has once again done a great job.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 23, 2000
Sorry, but I have to disagree with earlier review. This is like trying to slow moving bug with a sledge hammer, and even then you might miss. Simply put...overkill. Is the author even inet+ certified?? This book is a great example at trying to get out to market quickly. Although few errors it does not feel like it was written for THE inet+ exam.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.