Local Area Network (LAN)
Local Area Network
A client – server network based in a single location is known as a Local Area Network (LAN). LAN networks are usually located in a single building or small cluster of buildings.
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Wide Area Network
Organisations which are based across a wider site are usually made up of a number of individual Local Area Networks , but all these LANs would be joined together using a bridge, router or modem, in order to form a large Wide Area Network.
This allows multiple LANs to:
- Share access to devices such as printers and scanners
- Share file access across multiple LANs
- Share access to a single internet service.
The internet is an example of a very, very large WAN.