The client / server model is the core of networking basics. A client computer is used to communicate with servers and other host computers such as a file server, web server, media server, and even your Tomato router. In theory, a client is a client when it accesses one of the above. But a server can also be a client in relation to other servers.
Computer Networking Basics
Computer networking can be very complex. But setting up your home network doesn't have to be. So before you start tinkering with your computer network, take a few minutes to learn some basics. This is essential for beginners. But don't worry --you don't need to become a certified network engineer. You just need the basics. And these basic concepts will make things much easier for you later.
Another fundamental of networking basics lies at the subnet. A subnet is a group of computers, separate from another network. A subnet can be extremely large or very small, harboring just one machine. Your ISP uses a large subnet to serve the needs of residential customers with Internet service. Your home network is a smaller subnet.
One of the most misunderstood concepts in networking is bandwidth and latency. The term “band-width” refers to how wide your data pipe is. The term “late-n-cy” refers to time, but more specifically –delay. All too often, it is the misinformation (or lack of information), that hinders a persons understanding of minor networking basics such as this.