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Chapter 1. SOHO Network Uses/Applications > Basic Networking Applications

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.

Disk Sharing

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 the disk and file sharing networking software provided with Windows and the second step is actually sharing the disk drives. When the drives are shared, access to them is specified for all users using passwords, or for specific users as determined by the central network security provider. To make this clear we look at disk sharing in our two-PC host, peer-to-peer home office LAN first, and then we look at disk sharing in a centrally administered small-office client/server LAN.


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