peer-to-peer network (P2P network)
A peer-to-peer (P2P)
network is a communications model in which each computing device on the network can function as
either a server or a
In a P2P network, computing devices use software to connect with each other over a private
network, such as a home local area network (LAN) or a
public network, such as the Internet. This direct connection allows each device to share files
without requiring the assistance of a remote server. The device that supplies the file
plays the role of the server and the device that requests the file plays the role of the client. The roles simply
reverse when necessary.
See also: ad hoc
Contributor(s): Toni Boger
This was last updated in December 2012
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