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Quiz #4: Networking Hardware

Take our fun quiz on networking hardware to see how your IT knowledge stacks up.

Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer are called hardware; those program instructions that you...

can only curse at are called software. - Anonymous

This week's quiz has a slightly different format. Your goal will be to match the correct term in the left-hand column with its description in the right-hand column.

How to take the quiz:
After reading the question, click on the answer that you think is correct to go to the definition. If the answer you've chosen is correct, you will see the question text or an approximation of it somewhere in the definition.
After reading the question, write down the letter of your answer choice on scrap paper. Check your answers by using the answer key at the end of the quiz.

a) backbone
b) circuit
c) transistor
d) bus
e) twisted pair
f) trunk
g) coaxial cable
h) chip
i) interface device
j) motherboard
k) edge device
l) transponder
m) satellite
n) beep code
o) NIC
p) router
q) MAC address
r) repeater
s) peripheral
t) port number
u) acoustic coupler
v) physical unit
w) modem
x) LAN server
y) slot
z) surge suppressor

1._____ This is any computer device that is not part of the essential computer but is situated relatively close by.

2. _____This is a larger transmission line that carries data gathered from smaller lines that interconnect with it.

3._____ This is a computer circuit board or card that is installed in a computer so that it can be connected to a network.

4._____ On a network, this is your computer's unique hardware number.

5. _____This is the ordinary copper wire that connects home and many business computers to the telephone company.

6. _____This is a physical device that can pass packets between a legacy application type network (such as an Ethernet) and an ATM network by using data link layer and Network layer information.

7._____This consists of three layers of a semiconductor material, each capable of carrying a current.

8._____This is a device or, in some cases, software in a computer, that determines the next network point to which a packet should be forwarded toward its destination.

9._____This is the physical arrangement in a computer that contains the computer's basic circuitry and components.

10.____This is a device that receives a signal on an electromagnetic or optical transmission medium, amplifies the signal, and then retransmits it along the next leg of the medium.


To learn more, we recommend you visit our Middleware Application Servers section on searchMiddleware.

For more networking terms and resources, we recommend you also visit at, a member of our community.

Be sure to try these other quizzes:

Quiz #1: Help Desk Basics
Quiz #2: Security Basics
Quiz #3: Data Storage
Quiz #4: Networking Hardware (you're on this quiz now)
Quiz #5: Getting Your Message Across the Network
Quiz #6: Servers
Quiz #7: Protocols
Quiz #8: Database Basics
Quiz #9: Wireless
Quiz #10: TCP/IP
Quiz #11: Ego-Booster
Quiz #12: Database II
Quiz #13: AS/400

ANSWER KEY: 1s - 2a - 3o - 4q - 5e - 6k - 7c - 8p - 9j - 10r
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