Computer Network

Connecting stand-alone computers together creates a computer network.

Networks can be wired, wireless, or a combination of both.

Advantages of computer networks

  • Share data with other users
  • Access your data from other computers
  • File servers can store data in a central location, making it easier to keep secure and backup
  • Application servers can be used to store software in a central location
  • Communications can be sent from one computer to another
  • Printers can be shared
  • An internet connection can be shared

Disadvantages of computer networks

  • Larger networks can be expensive to setup and staff
  • Networks can have security risks
  • Viruses can be spread if not properly protected
  • Depending on the network structure, the entire network could fail if certain elements fail
  • High amounts of traffic can cause a network to run slowly