Nothing But Net(work) – Why You Need (Or Want) One

If you think that a home network means only to connect some computers one to another, you are wrong. One of the benefits of a home network setup is sharing opportunity. By linking two or more computers through a network you have the option to share files, printers, scanners and high-speed Internet television connections among them. This means that you can play multi-user games, access public wireless network while away from home, or even enjoy your MP3s in your stereo system from work.

Having a wireless setup at your home is not strictly related to you computer. People who chose this type of Internet connection want to enjoy more freedom of access at home (especially when it’s installed on laptops). The wireless network tends to become another utility in your house, just like electricity or water.

File sharing

Each time we use a computer, files are being created. If you try to use a text editor program like, let’s say, Open Office, to write a text, the computer is saving the document on the hard drive as an electronic file. The same thing happens with a lot of programs or applications alike. A network that links one computer to another allows you to share these electronic files. There were of course other ways too to copy a file from a computer to another. A floppy disk was involved. The information was copied to one of those old-fashioned instruments and then carried to the computer on which we want the file to be copied. This method of copying/transferring data was called the SneakerNet approach. But once again the process is obsolete. It is easy to do over a home network with no need for floppy disks (or sneakers). Another interesting fact is that the computers are getting used to talking one to another. A common application is synchronization, where two devices will talk to one another and make the appropriate updates to each other’s stored information so that they are mutually up-to-date.


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