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How Do I Know What Type of Network I Have?

Author: Admin Reference Number: AA-00227 Views: 997 Created: 2014-02-12 02:01 Last Updated: 2014-02-12 03:42 0 Rating/ Voters

When installing PhonePad on your network, it's important to know what type of network you have, ie. a Local Area Network (LAN) or a Peer-to-Peer Network (P2P).

What's the difference?

Well, a Local Area Network will have a dedicated server.  This is a computer running Windows Server Edition and is generally not used as a workstation.  It may be sitting in the corner somewhere, under someone's desk, or maybe in a computer room.


A Peer-to-Peer Network doesn't have a true server.  Instead, it will generally have a workstation running a standard version of Windows, but it will act like a server by sharing some of its resources such as file storage. 

However, you may have a Peer-to-Peer Network but not have any one workstation nominated as a Host PC.  That's fine.  For PhonePad though you will need to select one of the workstations to act as the Host PC.  Whoever is using the workstation can still use it as they do now.  It will be used to house your PhonePad data, and other workstations will connect to it to access this data.  


The best Host PC is a computer that is on most of the time and preferably one of the fastest computers in your office.