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-type of network where the computers in the network share resources among each other
-every computer is equal, run same networking software and file systems for sharing
-external devices are shared by the machine they are plugged into (managed by)

Peer-to-Peer Networks


What are the advantages of a peer-to-peer network?

-less expensive
-does not require the installation of dedicated server hardware or expensive security software
-may already own the software needed


What are the disadvantages of a peer-to-peer network?

-need to be aware that shared resources place a special demand on the computers in the network
-you can unintentionally expose private files to other users on the network
-no security or protection


-each of the workstations have this that tells it how to store and share resources with the other
-AppleShare (MAC)
-Windows for Workgroups (PC)

operating system


-a type of connection between computers that forms the basis of most LANs
-serves as one if the main methods for connecting a computer or network to an Internet hub
-origin was the idea of connecting several computers together in a network via coaxial cables; connected to a central hub or router in order to network several computers together



a group of computers that are linked together that share Internet access, file access, applications, storage, and allow connected computers to share printers and scanners

LAN-Land Area Network


What are the issues with LANs?

-router must be installed on the primary computer that is connected to the Internet, each computer connected must have and Ethernet card installed
-confined to a single building


collection of regular LANs that are all interconnected together to form one giant network (schools and companies)

WAN- Wide Area Network


What is the advantage of a WAN?

flexible access and speed


What is the disadvantage of a WAN?

expensive to install and time


-allows the network to centralize functions and applications in one or more file servers
-file servers are the "heart" of the system
-workstations have access to the resources to files on the file servers
-Macintosh OSX, Microsoft Windows Server, Novell, UNIX

Client Server/Operating System


What are the advantages to a client server operating system?

easy to install new technology and new elements, server can be accessed remotely and you can have both MACs and PCs on the network


What are the disadvantages to a client server operating system?

dependent on server (server goes down network doesn't work), expensive to install, dedicated staff