Basic Networking Applications
The primary SOHO network applications are disk, file, and printer sharing. PC fixed disk drives hold files that are either data or software. The disk drive and its files may be shared across a SOHO LAN. Similarly, data may be printed on any printer attached to a SOHO LAN. Let's examine this in more detail.
PC disk drives under Windows store both data and programs in a file hierarchy. There is a root directory for each drive and under that subdirectories or folders containing either more subdirectories or files. In both home office peer-to-peer and small office client/server networks, all attached PC hosts can share their disk drives. This disk drive sharing is a two-step process. The first step is installing ...