Nt1310 Unit 1 Case Study

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1. Discuss the differences and similarities between a peer-to peer network and a client server network. Answer: The following are characteristics of a peer-to-peer network that differ from those of a client server network. In a peer-to-peer network the operating system of each node or host is responsible for controlling access to its resources without any centralized control. This type of network has decentralized management of its administration, system performance, resources and security. Also, in a peer-to-peer network clients share their resources directly with each other, and each user has a local account that only allows access to the network from one of its computers. Additionally, in a peer-to-peer network nodes or hosts are…show more content…
Both types of networks provide network services using operating systems that can communicate with each other through common protocols. Each of these networks enables control of how users and programs get access to resources. Also, clients in a client server network and nodes or hosts in a peer-to-peer network use any combination of desktop, mobile, or tablet operating systems. 2. Discuss the difference between a physical topology and a logical topology. Why are both necessary? Answer: The difference between a physical topology and a logical topology is that a physical topology applies to how the hardware of the various computers, cables, switches, routers, and other devices in a network fit physically or wirelessly together. A logical topology describes how software controls access to a network and the sharing of its specific resources such as applications and databases. Both a physical and logical topology are necessary to complete the whole of a network’s functionality. A network cannot exist without setting up and configuring its hardware and software so that the various parts of the whole work together

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