Knowledge Organisers 14 Network Types
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A collection of computer systems that are linked together and can share data.
A device connected to a network via a link.
The interface on which multiple devices can communicate. Such as a cable or wireless.
A client is a piece of computer hardware or software that accesses a service made available by a server.
A server is an instance of a computer program that accepts and responds to requests made by another program, known as a client.
A Local Area Network. All devices are connected on one site. The network may be in a single building or campus or group of buildings in a small area. Management and maintenance is usually completed by a group of network engineers.
A Wide Area Network. Typically covers a large geographical area, talking in many cities or worldwide. The connections are typically provided by a telecoms company such as BT. The largest example of a WAN is the internet. A WAN connects multiple LAN networks.
Personal Area Network. Personal devices are often connected to each other in a home or a car.
Virtual Private Network. A part of the internet that is sealed off from public use and reserved for an organisation. It is not a physical network but behaves as one.
Client - Server
One or more computers are designated as servers, providing a service to clients on a network.
A distributed system where functionality can be divided among the nodes on the network. All computers have an equal status and may partially act as a server to other devices. Peers are both suppliers and users of network data and services.
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