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What are P2P and Client-Server networks?

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In the networking architectural world, you’ll frequently come across the terms “peer-to-peer” and "client-server."

Both peer-to-peer and client-server networks connect computers so that they can share resources from one computer to others such as files, videos, and pictures.

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Client-Server


  • There are multiple clients and one server.

  • Clients request for a service to the server and the server responds back with the service.

  • The main focus is of sharing informations.

  • Data is stored at server side only.

  • Client-Server is more stable and scalable than peer to peer network.

  • Data management is centralized.

P2P


  • There is no dedicated server and clients. Each node acts as a server and as well as client.

  • Each node in the network can request for a service and can provide a service.

  • The main focus is to develop connectivity among the nodes.

  • Each node store its own data.

  • Stability reduces when the number of nodes increases.

  • Each user has its own data and applications.

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