- Network types; client/server, peer to peer, PAN, LAN, WAN, WiMAX, Wireless, Star topology
Client / Server
- Client computers are connected to the main server.
- The server gives resources to the clients.
- Resources like the internet, printers, online banking and lots more
- In business its used to share resources within the business.
- Need hardware like switches to connect computers (clients) to the server.
- More from wikipedia
Peer to Peer
- Computers connected together without a server.
- Each computer is called a peer.
- Used to share resources and information.
- Users need to logon to each computer to get the information from that computer.
- BitTorrent is a common example of file sharing on the internet
- More about peer to peer from P2educaiion
Personal Area Network (PAN)
- A very small network.
- Includes wired or wireless.
- eg bluetooth, USB connectivity.
- PAN can be using a wireless headset to listen to music.
Local Area Network (LAN)
- Is a common network used in business and schools.
- It can have server/servers and many clients.
- Common LANs are connect by ethernet, with small runs of fibre optic
- Some homes have 2 or 3 devices connected, this is a small LAN
- Some schools/businesses have up to 2000 computers, this is a large LAN
Wide Area Network (WAN)
- Is a network that covers a large area.
- The largest WAN is the internet.
- A large bank with national branches connected together would be a WAN.
- International corporations would use a WAN to join their offices together from country to country.
Worldwide interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
- Provides high speed wireless broadband.
- Is wireless technology on frequencies 2-11 Ghz
- Is built to the IEEE 802.16 standard
- Is wireless that is scalable
- Can connect wireless hotspots to the internet.
- More from wikipedia
Wireless (PAN, LAN, WAN)
- A wireless network uses wireless connections to link to a wired network.
- Wireless points use an antenna to send and receive data
- PAN wireless, most common is bluetooth. eg Using a wireless headset
- LAN wireless, uses WAPs to bring the wireless signals into the wired network.
- WAN wireless, smart phones are examples of this use of technology.
- WAN wireless, laptops can use wireless WAN cards to access service provider services.
- This is a local area network (LAN) where computers are connected, by wire to a central point (usually a switch).
- Each computer has wire from the back of the computer that goes into the front of the switch.
- More from google images here
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