Ch12: BEHIND THE SCENES: NETWORKING AND SECURITY IN THE BUSINESS WORLD SELECTING A NETWORK TOPOLOGY AND CABLE Cheat Sheet A. Client/Server Networks 1. Client/Server Basics . A centralized server makes a client/server network different from a peer-to-peer network. 2. Client/Server Advantages . In addition to speed, client/server networks have increased scalability, meaning you can add users easily, and are centralized, meaning they handle many tasks that individual users handle on a peer-to-peer network. B. Client/Server Network Classifications Networks are classified according to their size and the distance between their physical parts: 1. Local area networks (LANs) are small groups of computers linked over a relatively small area. 2. Wide area networks (WANs) are made up of large numbers of users or of separate LANs that are linked together. 3. Metropolitan area networks (MANs) are WANs that link users in a specific area.
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