The term "computer network" can refer to anything from two computers connected together, to large-scale Local Area Networks (LANs), to the Internet itself - the "network of networks." This page offers a small collection of links to introductory and general resources on the topic.
CTC Apprenticeship Toolkit Trainer's Manual
Developed by: TechSoup/Compumentor Type of resource: PDF file Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access
The Toolkit is designed for Community Technology Centres interested in teaching their students desktop support and basic systems administration tasks required for managing a lab. It does not include all that needs to be known about all of the tasks related to systems administration, but provides a solid foundation of best practices in this area.
Sharing the Information: Networking Basics for Non-Profits
Developed by: onPhilanthropy Type of resource: Web article Target audience: General Cost: Free access
Brief overview of basic terms and concepts.
Ultimate Guide to Networking
Developed by: HardwareCentral Type of resource: Web-based tutorials Target audience: General Cost: Free access
Introduction to networking, including local area networks, standard hubs, bridges, routers and switches.
Using Technology to the Fullest
Developed by: Nonprofit Helpdesk Type of resource: PDF Target audience: General Cost: Free access
Short, basic introduction to the possibilities of networks for nonprofits.
Bandwidth optimisation training resources
Developed by: INASP Type of resource: Web site Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access
Briefing packs, workshop materials and information resources on bandwidth optimisation.
Planning a network installation
Developed by: Lasa Information Systems Team Type of resource: Web guide Target audience: General Cost: Free access
"This article provides practical advice to help address the needs of organisations that have a network and are in the process of upgrading it. The article should also be useful to organisations installing a network for the first time."