In the world of computers, networking is the practice of linking two or more computingdevices together for the purpose of sharing data. Networks are built with a mix of computer hardware and computer software.
One way to categorize the different types of computer network designs isby their scope or scale. For historical reasons, the networking industryrefers to nearly every type of design as some kind of
.Common examples of area network types are:
LAN - Local Area Network
WAN - Wide Area Network
WLAN - Wireless Local Area Network
SAN - Storage Area Network, System Area Network, Server AreaNetwork, or sometimes Small Area Network
MAN - Metropolitan Area Network
What is Networking?
Networking is the practice of linking computing devices together withhardware and software that supports data communications across thesedevices.
Computer networks also differ in their design. The two types of high-level network designare calledclient-server andpeer-to-peer.Client-server networks feature centralized server
computers that store email, Web pages, files and or applications. On a peer-to-peer network,conversely, all computers tend to support the same functions. Client-server networks aremuch more common in business and peer-to-peer networks much more common in homes.