Types of Networks

Different types of networks

With time so many new configurations and network designs coming up making it suitable for operation. As a basic categorization the computer networks is divided into several types based on its performance and are of operation. Amongst those three network configurations are main such as the LAN also known as Local Area Network, MAN also known as Metropolitan Area Network ad Wan known as Wide Area Network. Each one of the network configurations are different and performs at different ranges. So what is the difference LAN MAN and WAN?

Basic difference

  • A LAN or a local area network is basically a group of network devices or computers that are all connected within the same building. Normally the connections are all high speed and comparatively inexpensive, an example to hat is Ethernet or token ring.
  • A MAN or a metropolitan area network in spread over larger space and covers several buildings within the same town or city. A typical example to MAN is the IUB network and it is quite fast.
  • A WAN or a wide area network is not restricted to any geographical location, but confined within any country or state. Basically a WAN connects different LANs and is accessed by any corporation or for the public. The technology is expensive enough but comes with high speed features. The internet is a typical example of wide area network.

The area of operation and the scale of every network are the main difference LAN MAN and WAN networks. Apart from those three there are few more network categories such as the WLAN, SAN, CAN, PAN, DAN.

Other types of area networks

Though LAN, WAN and Man are the most commonly known network categories but there are some other types which are equally important and has effective role. WLAN is one such which is an extended version of the local area network and it is connected wirelessly, commonly known as wireless local area network. CAN or the campus area network is network spanner of multiple LANs which are smaller than MAN. This are mainly sued within any university or college or even in local business campus. SAN or the storage area network generally connects different servers to data storage devices with the help of a technology known as the Fibre Channel. SAN is another category of network which is known as System Area Network that links all high speed computers with speed connections in a clustered configuration, also known as Cluster area network.

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