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Classification of Computer network


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A computer network is a system for communication among two or more computers. Computer networks can be categorized by range, functional relationship, network topology and specialized function.

By range

  • personal area network (PAN)
  • wireless PAN
  • local area network (LAN)
  • wireless LAN
  • metropolitan area network (MAN)
  • wide area network (WAN)

By functional relationship

  • client-server
  • multitier architecture
  • Peer-to-peer

By network topology

  • bus network
  • star network
  • ring network
  • grid network
  • toroidal networks and hypercubes
  • tree and hypertree networks

    By specialized function

    • Storage area networks
    • Server farms
    • Process control networks
    • Value added network
    • SOHO network
    • Wireless community network

    Related Topics
    5 Layers of the Internet (HTTP, TCP/IP and NAP)
    Network Management
    Local area network (LAN)
    Wide area network (WAN)


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