Networking is also a term used in the computer industry. It refers to the ability of one computer to access another computer within a given location. Networking can also refer to the ability to access information from a wide array of sources and to the sharing of information with those requesting it from the network. The ability to share this information back and forth requires a properly configured and operating internal network. If the information is to reach beyond internal sources or requesters then a connection to an external network is required. The most basic aspect of networking involves the connection of one computer to another. This can be performed in a number of ways but the least demanding method is to use a peer-to-peer network. This type of network doesn’t require any one computer to oversee the access of information between computers but instead allows each computer in the network to set all files and resources that are made available to other users. Other types of networks are overseen by a system server, which sets permissions for file and resource access on a per user basis. These systems are more complex and generally require a dedicated manager to keep things running smoothly. As networks are linked together, the ability to share information grows. The ability to share information and acquire information from a network in a different system can be quite beneficial in solving business problems. The networks may belong to different divisions of the same company. They may be located within the same country or may be a halfway around the world. The internet is the largest network used to gain and share information. Very routinely, information is traded back and forth through many networks and between many clients. Most companies have made a change in their business philosophy to include using the Internet to both accept orders for their goods and services and also to make contact with their suppliers. They can use the Internet to gain access to their supplier’s internal network to check on orders and receive customer service. Sharing this information across the network can be a much quicker and more direct way of making contact than picking up the phone, especially during evening and weekend hours. To begin the task of networking, your will need to install a network card for each of your computers. Once this is installed, you can link each of the computers together through a network hub, which allows each computer to contact the other computers on the network. Other network resources can then be link together using this method. For example, you can link the entire network of computers to a print server to allow each workstation to have the ability to print documents.