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Client to server and peer to peer networks

Client to server network

Found in medium to large organisations
All computers are connected by a switch
Access through username or password, swipe card, fingerprint recognition
Needs one computer to act as a server which stores files, backups,
application sharing, printer management…

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reducing the processing burden on the client computers. Other functions
include: prioritise print jobs so that urgent ones can jump the queue, charge
users for each print job, restrict the number of pages that can be printed
at once to a printer, restrict access to certain printers so they can…

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Set up easily by reasonably competent person

No reliance on single server ­ if network fails only shared resources lost

Network traffic minimal as resources provided by each computer

Disadvantages

Each user responsible for back-ups

Anti-virus has to be installed on each computer

All processing done by each computer ­…

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