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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Networking, Fourth Edition by Joe Habraken

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Chapter 2. Different Needs, Different Networks

In this chapter

  • Understanding peer-to-peer networks

  • Working with peer-to-peer network limitations

  • Understanding server-based networks

  • Deploying specialized network servers

  • Understanding network topologies

  • Assessing your networking needs

In the previous chapter we took a look at the evolution of Microsoft Windows and also introduced other desktop operating systems such as Linux and the Macintosh OS. Now, we can concentrate on two main approaches to networking: peer-to-peer networking and server-based networking. Each of these networking approaches offers advantages and disadvantages.

You will find that deciding on a particular approach to networking will be directly related to the number of users you have ...

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