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Glossary: LAN / WAN

LAN stands for Local Area Network and is the term used for all computers, IP cameras and other network devices which can be used without using a router to access the internet. Devices on a LAN can most often communicate with each other (I.E. file sharing) or can share resources such as printers and internet access.

WAN, on the other hand, stands for Wide Area Network and means any network that covers a large area, say a government network spanning a country, a large company’s network linking offices or the internet. These also share information, with the most common example being websites.

Published on August 15th, 2008 by James Drinkwater

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