Uses of Computer Networks
The main benefits or uses of computer network are:
- Sharing Resources
- Sharing Software
- Data Sharing
Using a network, different people can communicate with each other all over the world. People can communicate at very low cost via e-mail, chatting, telephone, video telephone, video conferencing, groupware, and SMS services etc.
2- Sharing Resources
In a computer network, resources such as, printers, scanners, fax machines and modems can be shared among different users. Suppose several personals computers and a laser printer are connected to a network. Each users can access the printer.
3- Sharing Software
In a computer network, usually application programs and other software are stored on the central computer. Users connected to a network can access these programs or software.
4- Data Sharing
In a network environment, any authorized user can access data stored on other computers on the network. For example, on the Internet, a large number of Internet users can access same database.