Defining Network Architectures

The architecture (or structure) of a network can be discussed from both a physical and a logical viewpoint. For example, in the previous section you looked at how distance can be used to differentiate networks into architectures called LANs and WANs. The architecture of a network can also describe the rules and processes used on the network. The security relationships that exist among the computers on the network can define different architectures. In this section, the difference between peer-to-peer and client-server architectures is explored.

Understanding Peer-to-Peer Networks

Peer-to-peer networks were the first type of networks to appear. This type of network is often referred to as a workgroup. In a peer-to-peer ...

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