Client Server Vs Peer to Peer

Lesson Instructions

Watch and follow the YouTube video, the lesson contains three parts:

  1. Key Information and content - all you need to do here is watch and listen. We recommend you take some notes for this one!

  2. Learning activity - You are to complete the comparison activity.

  3. Consolidation - these are past exam question and are for deliberate practice to check your understanding.

Task - Comparison Activity

Client Server vs Peer to Peer Activity

Task - Exam Questions - Deliberate Practice

Exam Questions - Web

Mark Scheme

Question 1

  • All computers have equal status/no server controlling

  • To share data/files/devices between each other

Question 2

2 Marks per benefit

  • All files can be stored centrally

  • ... so workers can access files from any computer

  • ... all computers can update the central database/file

  • ... Peer to peer files might be stored on their own computers/spread across many computers


  • Backups are central

  • ... all data is backed up each time

  • ... individual computers do not need to backup their own data

  • ... Peer to peer may need to perform their own backups


  • Monitor Clients

  • ... to ensure they are working correctly


  • Upgrade software centrally

  • ... so you dont have to install software on each computer


  • Central security (antivirus/firewall)

  • ... do not need to install on all computers

  • ... peer to peer would need to be installed on each computer