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Types of Computer Network

Campus Area Network (CAN)
Campus Area Network (CAN)

A campus area network (CAN) is a network of multiple interconnected local area networks (LAN) in a limited geographical area. A CAN is smaller than a wide area network (WAN) or metropolitan area network (MAN). A CAN is also known as a corporate area network (CAN).

LAN - Local Area Network
LAN - Local Area Network

A local area network (LAN) supplies networking capability to a group of computers in close proximity to each other, like in an office building, school, or home. LANs are usually built to enable the sharing of resources and services like files, printers, games, applications, email, or internet access.

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Local Area Network (LAN)
Local Area Network (LAN)

A local-area network (LAN) is a computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most often, a LAN is confined to a single room, building or group of buildings, however, one LAN can be connected to other LANs over any distance via telephone lines and radio waves.

MAN - Metropolitan Area Network
MAN - Metropolitan Area Network

A metropolitan area network (MAN) is a network that interconnects users with computer resources in a geographic area or region larger than that covered by even a large local area network (LAN) but smaller than the area covered by a wide area network (WAN)

Personal Area Network (PAN)
Personal Area Network (PAN)

A personal area network (PAN) is a computer network organized around an individual person, and that's set up for personal use only. They typically involve a computer, phone, printer, tablet and/or some other personal device like a PDA.

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SAN
SAN

A computer network is a group of computer systems and other computing hardware devices that are linked together through communication channels to facilitate communication and resource-sharing among a wide range of users.

Storage-Area Network (SAN)
Storage-Area Network (SAN)

A storage area network (SAN) is a dedicated high-speed network or subnetwork that interconnects and presents shared pools of storage devices to multiple servers.

WAN - Wide Area Network
WAN - Wide Area Network

A wide area network (WAN) is a network that exists over a large-scale geographical area. A WAN connects different smaller networks, including local area networks (LANs) and metro area networks (MANs). This ensures that computers and users in one location can communicate with computers and users in other locations.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
Wide Area Network (WAN)

A WAN (wide area network) is a communications network that spans a large geographic area such as across cities, states, or countries. They can be private to connect parts of a business or they can be more public to connect smaller networks together.

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WLAN - Wireless Local Area Network
WLAN - Wireless Local Area Network

A wireless local area network (WLAN) is a wireless distribution method for two or more devices that use high-frequency radio waves and often include an access point to the Internet. A WLAN allows users to move around the coverage area, often a home or small office, while maintaining a network connection.

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