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Chapter 18. Setting Up a Home Network > Identifying Computers on a Network

Identifying Computers on a Network

A vital part of networking both at home and in larger networks is identifying each computer. Every computer on a network must be uniquely identified; if two computers on a network have the same name, the Windows networking software displays a conflict error message on each screen and neither computer can access the network.

Identifying Each Computer

The type of network that the Home Networking Wizard helps to configure is called a peer-to-peer network. Unlike the client/server networks covered in Chapter 21, "Connecting to a Business Network," each computer on a peer-to-peer network is capable of both sharing its resources with other computers (also called peer serving) and being used as a client to access other computers.


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