Components of a Network

The following are the components and features that all networks have in common:

  • Servers - Computers that provide shared resources to network users.
  • Clients - Computers that access shared network resources provided by a server.
  • Media - The way in which the computers are connected.
  • Resources - Files, printers or other items to be used by network users.

Even with these shared components, networks can be divided into two broad categories: