Definition of Network Client in The Network Encyclopedia.
What is Network Client?
Network Client is a software that runs on a client computer and allows it to establish connectivity with services running on server computers. In Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows 98, the network client is one of several components that can be installed to provide connectivity with different kinds of networks. Without the appropriate client software, a workstation cannot access files and print resources or other resources on a network server.
Windows 95 and Windows 98 include several different network clients:
- Client for Microsoft Networks, which allows a computer running Windows 95 or Windows 98 to participate in a Windows network and access file and print resources on Windows NT or LAN Manager servers
- Client for NetWare Networks, which allows a computer running Windows 95 or Windows 98 to participate in a NetWare network and access file and print resources on NetWare servers
- Clients for Novell, Banyan, and other networks
Adding and Removing Network Clients
To add or remove a network client, use the Network utility in Control Panel, select the Configuration tab, and click Add.
A thin client is network client that uses the resources of the host computer. A thin client generally only presents processed data provided by an application server, which performs the bulk of any required data processing. A device using web application (such as Office Web Apps) is a thin client.