What is called local area network (LAN)?

          Local area network(LAN)



local area network (LAN) is acomputer network that interconnects computers within a limited area such as a residence, school, laboratory, university campus or office building.By contrast, a wide area network (WAN) not only covers a larger geographic distance, but also generally involvesleased telecommunication circuits.
Ethernet and Wi-Fi are the two most common technologies in use for local area networks.Historical technologies include ARCNET,Tokenring and AppleTalk.

In a wireless LAN, users have unrestricted movement within the coverage area. Wireless networks have become popular in residences and small businesses, because of their ease of installation. Most wireless LANs use Wi-Fi as it is built into smartphonestablet computers and laptops. Guests are often offered Internet access via a hotspot service.


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