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Allow 2 or more computers to communicate with each other
Connected by using: Ethernet cable, satellite, wireless, infrared, lasers
Types of network
Peer to peer
Any computers in this network have equal status
Cost is cheap in comparison to setting up a client server network but
management is up to the individual
Client to server
Based around one computer known as the server and tends to be very
Clients connect to the server
Server controls all files, access rights, printers etc.
More of a managed system but more expensive to set up.