In this guide, we will discuss the features of a computer network.
Features of a Computer Network
A computer network has following features:
Performance: Performance of a computer network is measured in terms of response time. The response time of sending and receiving data from one node (computer in a computer network are often referred as node) to another should be minimal.
Data Sharing: One of the reason why we use a computer network is to share the data between different systems connected with each other through a transmission media.
Backup: A computer network must have a central server that keeps the backup of all the data that is to be shared over a network so that in case of a failure it should be able to recover the data faster.
Software and hardware compatibility: A computer network must not limit all the computers in a computer network to use same software and hardware, instead it should allow the better compatibility between the different software and hardware configuration.
Reliability: There should not be any failure in the network or if it occurs the recovery from a failure should be fast.
Security: A computer network should be secure so that the data transmitting over a network should be safe from unauthorised access. Also, the sent data should be received as it is at the receiving node, which means there should not be any loss of data during transmission.
Scalability: A computer network should be scalable which means it should always allow to add new computers (or nodes) to the already existing computer network. For example, a company runs 100 computers over a computer network for their 100 employees, lets say they hire another 100 employees and want to add new 100 computers to the already existing LAN then in that case the local area computer network should allow this.