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CUT5 6.3

Computers: Understanding Tech 5e 6.3

TermDefinition
network architecture The arrangement and connectivity of a network.
client/server architecture A network containing at least one server.
client A computer used by an individual user on a network.
peer-to-peer architecture A network design in which there is no dedicated server. Also called workgroup.
workgroup See peer-to-peer network.
personal area network (PAN) A network with a very limited range, used primarily by one person. A PAN is typically wireless, using either Bluetooth or IrDA technology.
local area network (LAN) A private network that serves the needs of a business, organization, school, or residence with computers located in a single building or group of nearby buildings, such as on a college campus.
metropolitan area network (MAN) A network with the geographical range of a metropolitan area.
wide area network (WAN) A network that spans a large geographical area, connecting two or more LANs.
virtual private network (VPN) A secure network connection using the Internet as its communication channel.
intranet A private network within an organization that uses the same basic protocols as the Internet but is restricted to only the staff of that company.
extranet An extension of an intranet that allows specified external users (including employees, customers, and business partners) access to internal applications and data via the Internet.
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