A computer network is a set of devices connected through links. A node can be computer, printer, or any other device (for example PLCs) capable of sending or receiving the data to and from the network. Most devices are connected via LAN (local area network). Each LAN can be connected and creates a wider network called WAN.


Hub :

A Hub is a networking device that allows you to connect multiple PCs to a single network. It is used to connect segments of a LAN. A hub stores various ports, so when a packet arrives at one port, it is copied to various other ports. Hub works as a common connection point for devices in a network. 


Router : 

A router is basically a device or hardware which is responsible for receiving, analyzing, and forwarding the data packets to other networks. A router actually determines the destination or the target IP address of the packet and thus the best way for transferring the packet is determined by the help of forwarding tables and headers. 

The forwarding of the data packet is done from one router to the other which basically forms a network(example: internet) until it reaches the final target node. A router is mainly used in the local area network(LAN) and wide area network(WAN) domain. The data is transferred across the network by using the routing protocols. It is much more costly in comparison to other network devices like the hub, switch, etc. 

Some of the companies that develop routers are D-Link, Cisco, Nortel etc. 


Gateway : 

A gateway is basically a device or hardware which acts as a “gate” among the networks. Thus it can also be defined as a node that acts as an entrance for the other nodes in the network. It is also responsible for enabling the traffic flow within the network. Gateway uses more than one protocol for communication thus its activities are much more complex than a switch or a router. 


So a gateway is basically a device that is used for the communication among the networks which have a different set of protocols and is responsible for the conversion of one protocol into the other. For any kind of workplace, the gateway is a computer system that is responsible for routing the traffic from the main workstation to the outside network. For homes, it is responsible for giving access to the internet thus acting as an internet service provider. 

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Windows Network Diagnostic Commands

The following are common Microsoft Windows network commands



Ipconfig is a Console Command which can be issued to the Command Line Interpreter (or command prompt) to display the network settings currently assigned to any or all network adapters in the machine. This command can be utilised to verify a network connection as well as to verify your network settings.



Displays active TCP connections, ports on which the computer is listening, Ethernet statistics, the IP routing table, IPv4 statistics (for the IP, ICMP, TCP, and UDP protocols), and IPv6 statistics (for the IPv6, ICMPv6, TCP over IPv6, and UDP over IPv6 protocols). Used without parameters, netstat displays active TCP connections.



The tracert command is used to visually see a network packet being sent and received and the amount of hops required for that packet to get to its destination.


Users with Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP who need additional information network latency and network loss should also consider using the path

ping command.


Helps in determining TCP/IP Networks IP address as well as determine issues with the network and assists in resolving them.



Provides information about network latency and network loss at intermediate hops between a source and destination. Pathping sends multiple Echo Request messages to each router between a source and destination over a period of time and then computes results based on the packets returned from each router.



Telnet is software that allows users to remotely access another computer such as a server, network device, or other computer. With telnet users can connect to a device or computer, manage a network device, setup a device, transfer files, etc.



FTP is short for File Transfer Protocol, this page contains additional information about the FTP command and help using that command in Unix and MS-DOS (Windows).



The function and syntax of the Windows ROUTE command is similar to the UNIX or Linux route command. Use the command to manually configure the routes in the routing table.



Displays, adds, and removes arp information from network devices.



Displays information that you can use to diagnose Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure. Before using this tool, you should be familiar with how DNS works. The Nslookup command-line tool is available only if you have installed the TCP/IP protocol.



MS-DOS utility that displays protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections using NBT.




One common way of using netsh is to reset the TCP/IP in Windows 2k/XP


Type this in Run or DOS Window – “netsh int ip reset”


In Windows XP you can run a graphical diagnostics by typing “netsh diag gui” into the run dialogue box. (This may take a little time to startup)




DOS command used to show both local and remote MAC addresses. When run with no parameters (ie. getmac) it displays MAC addresses for the local system. When run with the /s parameter (eg. getmac /s \\foo) it displays MAC addresses for the remote computer. When the /v parameter is used, it also displays the associated connection name and network adapter name.


Find All Active/Used IP Addresses on Your Network

There is a really neat way that you can quite easily find all active/used IP Addresses on your network without the need for any third party applications or worse, pinging each IP Address individually.


Open the Command Prompt and type in the following:


FOR /L %i IN (1,1,254) DO ping -n 1 192.168.10.%i | FIND /i “Reply”>>c:\ipaddresses.txt


Change 192.168.10 to match you own network.


Ping Command

ipconfig Command

Hostname Command

getmac Command

arp Command



Netstat Command

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Netsh is a command-line scripting utility that allows you to, either locally or remotely, display or modify the network configuration of a computer that is currently running.