The Microsoft Network Model

Microsoft has developed an informal network model that is discussed in the Microsoft books and training materials. This informal model is never clearly stated. This model can be beneficial to people setting up local area networks (LANs) that are predominately using one of the operating systems in the Microsoft product line. The Microsoft network model attempts to simplify many concepts and in some cases this results in an incomplete and misleading understanding of the material.

Focuses on the Local Area network

The core areas that are discussed in Microsoft literature are

Network Devices (Hubs and routers) are placed outside of the core areas. Network devices are discussed in a section on "Expanding your network". This omission is probably because of the models emphasis on simplicity. As a result of not having a catagory for network devices, network cards are grouped along with the network media.