Local Area Networks (LAN)
- Files can be stored on a central computer (the file server) allowing data to be shared throughout an organisation.
- Files can be backed up more easily when they are all on a central fileserver rather than when they are scattered across a number of independent workstations.
- Networks also allow security to be established, ensuring that the network users may only have access to certain files and applications.
- Software and resources can be centrally managed.
- Network versions of software often allow for their speedy installation on workstations from the file server.
- Expensive devices such as laser printers or scanners can be shared.
- Users can access their files from any workstation
- Connects computers to a LAN, and the Internet, wirelessly with all the advantages of a wired connection but also having the advantages of mobility within the wireless range of the network.