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Benefits of the computer Network

In most organizations, a network offers benefits, such as data sharing and online communication that are not provided by a stand-alone environment (An environment in which there is several computers that are not connected to each other is called a stand-alone environment). 

Data sharing

The data can be easily sharable in a network so other user can access it at any time. For example, a user working in a team wants to share some data with the other team members. 

In a stand-alone environment, to share the data you can verbally exchanging information or writing memos or putting the data on a floppy and copying it to the machines of other members. If it network the data can be easily made sharable in a network so that the other team members can access.

A centralized data storage system enables multiple users to access data in different locations.

Resource sharing

Resource sharing is also an important benefit of a computer network. For example, if there are four people in a family, each having their own computer, they will require four modems (for the Internet connection) and four printers, if they want to use the resources at the same time. A computer network, on the other hand, provides a cheaper alternative by the provision of resource sharing.

In this way, all the four computers can be interconnected, using a network, and just one modem and printer can efficiently provide the services to all four members. The facility of shared folders can also be availed by family members.

Centralized Software Management

One of the greatest benefits of installing a network is the fact that all of the software can be loaded on one computer (the file server).

This eliminates that need to spend time and energy installing updates and tracking files on independent computers throughout the building.

Communication medium

A computer network can provide a powerful communication medium among people spread widely at different physical locations.

It acts as a powerful communication medium when it comes to sharing information and resources.

Data Security and Management

In a business environment, a network allows the administrators to much better manage the company's critical data. Instead of having this data spread over dozens or even hundreds of small computers in a haphazard fashion as their users create it, data can be centralized on shared servers.

This makes it easy for everyone to find the data, makes it possible for the administrators to ensure that the data is regularly backed up, and also allows for the implementation of security measures to control who can read or change various pieces of critical information.


Sharing and transferring files within Networks are very fast. Networks provide a very rapid method for sharing and transferring files. The sharing of data with the other users in a stand-alone environment requires physical transfer of data.

This can be done by copying the data on a floppy disk or taking a printout. This requires more time and is inconvenient as compared to sharing the data over a network.



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