I want to learn about the basics of local area networks. Where do I start?
Your best bet is to get yourself some books that deal with the basics. These should be available at your local book store. Also, the Web is an unparalleled resource. Just use one of the search engines to perform a search for topics “LAN” or “Local Area Network.”
Your next step should be to gather some hands-on experience with a network operating system such as Novell’s NetWare or Microsoft’s Windows NT. There is no substitute for experience, and it always helps to learn from someone who knows networking ? you can shave months off the learning curve.
On inquiry.com, look for helpful articles about the basics here in the “Ask the Networking Pro” section, particularly in the category “LAN.”