Advantages and Disadvantages of Peer To Peer Network

Advantages:
  • Easy to install and configure.
  • Individual machines do not depend on the presence of a dedicated server.
  • Individual users have control over their own shared resources and data.
  • It is cheaper to purchase and operate.
  • No need of expensive server.
  • No additional software or hardware beyond suitable operating system is needed.
  • No need of dedicated administrators to run the network.
  • If one computer fails it will not disrupt any other part of the network. Just those files/resources on the malfunctioning computer will not be available to the others at that time.
Disadvantages:
  • Files can not be centrally backed up. Data recovery or backup is very difficult.
  • There is no centralized organizational scheme to locate or control access to data.
  • In this network, the whole system is decentralized thus it is difficult to administer. (i.e., one person cannot determine the whole accessibility setting of whole network)
  • System Security in this system is very less. Viruses, spywares, trojans, etc malwares can easily transmitted over this architecture.
  • File Security is not good other than setting passwords for the files that other should not access.
  • If the connections are not connected to the computers properly then there can be problems accessing certain files.

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