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Chapter 2. Different Needs, Different Ne... > Understanding Peer-to-Peer Networkin...

Understanding Peer-to-Peer Networking

Peer-to-peer networking provides a simple, low-cost method for connecting personal computers in situations where you want to share files and other resources such as a printer. Peer-to-peer networking does not require a server, meaning the added expense of a powerful computer to act as a server and a network operating system for the server is avoided in this approach to creating small networks.

In a peer-to-peer network, the computers on the network function as peers. A peer computer basically acts as both a client and a server computer. Peer computers can access resources on the network, and they can supply resources to other peer computers (the same as a server does on a server-based network).


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