You can use Token Ring, the old IBM Baseband (anyone remember that stuff?), or even Ethernet over 10Base-T – it just depends on what hardware you have laying around. Seriously, it all depends on what you want to do. An Ethernet switch, a couple of Ethernet NICs, a couple of CAT5/6 patch cables, and a couple of computers are all you need to get started for a basic LAN. Let us know specifically what you’re looking for and we can probably help more.
Keep the OSI model in mind when designing your network. Professors will most likely want to see that you’ve tied that in somewhere.
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