for Peer-to-Peer. P2P networks are different from server-based
networks, such as web sites and email. When you read a web page
you download web (HTML), image, and other files from the web server
to your computer. When you receive email you transfer the mail
from an email server that stores the mail.
In a P2P network user
computers are directly connected to one another. There is no server
involved. You search and download files directly from other users
who may be home users or business servers. Instant Messaging (IM)
is a form of P2P.
The power of P2P is the huge decentralized
network created when thousands of computers are connected. Such
a network can contain millions of files and terabytes of video,
music, photo, and other data. The network uses the existing disk
storage, CPU time, and Internet connection bandwidth users already
have with their PC's and Internet Service Provider accounts. The
network is spread out over the Internet. If there's a server outage
or network interruption, a P2P network is relatively unaffected,
unlike a server that all users depend on. Napster popularized
P2P file sharing.
P2PFiles bridges the P2P network
and the Web. When you run a P2P search from our web page,
your inquiry is sent directly to other users on the P2P network.
When you download a file from P2PFiles, you transfer it directly
from another user on the network through your software, such