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Network+ Training Guide by Mike Harwood, Drew Bird

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Peer-to-Peer Versus Client/Server Networks

Networks use two basic models: peer-to-peer and client/server. The model used by an organization depends on the role of the network and what the users require from it. You will probably encounter both network models; therefore, you need to understand how these models work as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

The Peer-to-Peer Networking Model

Peer-to-peer networking is a low-cost, easily implemented network solution that is generally used in small network environments that need to share a few files and maybe some hardware, such as printers. As its name suggests, on a peer-to-peer network all systems are equal, or peers. Each system can share hardware or files and access the same things on other ...

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