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Understanding Networks

What is a network and why create one? A network consists of the components necessary for two or more computers to communicate. The advantages of networking include

  • Monetary savings—Sharing hardware results in saving money. The most common type of hardware that is shared is a printer. Networking enables you to purchase one color printer and give everyone the ability to print to it.

  • Fast access to information—You can access the needed information directly from your PC which eliminates the need for running around with a floppy disk looking for that particular memo or letter.

  • Easier information management—By agreeing to store certain types of information in one location, you can always find what you need. Networks also allow for routine backup of important documents and data.

  • Shared access to information—Customer information can be stored in one database so that all users can access it.

  • Better communication—The use of email and group scheduling applications increases productivity.

  • Improved efficiency—Networking results in improved access to a large variety of information, which means projects are completed in shorter periods of time.


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