Peer-to-Peer Networks and BitTorrent

Peer-to-Peer Networking

Peer-to-Peer architecture is a type of network in which each workstation has equivalent capabilities and responsibilities.


A peer-to-peer network has no central server. Each workstation on the network shares its files equally with the others. There’s no central storage or authentication of users.

How P2P is Different from Client/Server

There are separate dedicated servers and clients in a client/server network. Through client workstations, users can access most files, which are generally stored on the server. The server will determine which users can access the files on the network.