Three Types of Networks

Although there are many different types of network designs available, there are three primary kinds of networks that you can implement when designing your network. Picking a primary type of network is a good place to start, as it will guide you toward the next step in the design process.

We will be focusing on just three of the primary types of network designs, but keep in mind that there are dozens of other well known network configurations, some of which we will briefly touch on in this section. The three types of networks we will be discussing in length throughout this chapter are peer-to-peer, client-to-host, and ring networking.

Peer-to-Peer Network

A peer-to-peer network (see Figure 7–1) is the most common network ...

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