Network Sharing

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What Does Network Sharing Mean?

Network sharing is a feature that allows resources to be shared over a network, be they files, documents, folders, media, etc. These are made accessible to other users/computers over a network.

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Network sharing enables access to information by more than one person through more than one device at the same or at different times. By connecting a device to a network, other users/devices in the network can share and exchange information through this network.

Network sharing is also known as shared resources.

Techopedia Explains Network Sharing

Network sharing can take place at different levels. The major levels include the individual-system level and the multi-system level.

Most private computers have a public folder. By default, all users of a private computer have access to the public folder and the information stored in it. This comes under the individual-system level.

It is possible to share this folder over a shared network with other computers as well. A shared network would mean a common Wi-Fi or LAN connection.

The same is possible for other folders on the system. By turning on network sharing and allowing certain or restricted rights, these folders can be viewed by other users/computers on the same network. This known as the multi-system level.

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