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Chapter 1. COMPUTER NETWORKING OVERVIEW > Why Network Your Computers?

Why Network Your Computers?

There are actually some very compelling reasons why someone (someone being a person, small business, or mega-institution) with more than a couple computers would want to connect those computers into a network. What the network will actually be used for will, of course, vary depending on the needs of the person or organization creating the network. Networks can be used for simple tasks, such as sharing a printer, or they can be used for more advanced applications, such as a complex point-of-sale system and worldwide video conferencing.

All networks, whether big or small, are typically created so that users on the network can share resources and communicate. The list that follows breaks down some of the reasons for networking computers:


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