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What are the 4 types of data networks?

Networks are a critical component of modern technology, allowing computers and other devices to communicate with each other. There are four main types of networks: Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at each type of network and discuss their key features. Local Area Network (LAN) A local area network (LAN) is a computer network that connects computers and other devices in a limited geographical area such as an office building, school, or home. LANs are typically used to share resources such as files, printers, and applications between users. The most common type of LAN is an Ethernet LAN which uses cables to connect devices together. Wide Area Network (WAN) A wide area network (WAN) is a computer network that spans a large geographical area such as multiple cities or countries. WANs are typically used to connect multiple offices or locations together so that users can access resources from any location. WANs can be either public or private depending on the type of infrastructure used to connect the locations. Common types of WAN connections include DSL, cable modem, T1 lines, satellite links, and fibre optic cables. Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) A metropolitan area network (MAN) is a computer network that spans an entire city or metropolitan region. MANs are typically used to connect multiple LANs together in order to provide high-speed access to resources for users in the city or region. MANs can be either public or private depending on the type of infrastructure used to connect the locations. Common types of MAN connections include fibre optic cables and wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and WiMAX. Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) A wireless local area network (WLAN) is a computer network that uses radio waves instead of cables to connect devices together in a limited geographical area such as an office building, school, or home. WLANs are typically used to share resources such as files, printers, and applications between users without having to install any cables or wires. The most common type of WLAN is an 802.11x WLAN which uses Wi-Fi technology for communication between devices. So now you know

There are four main types of networks: Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). Each type has its own unique features and advantages which make them suitable for different applications depending on the needs of the user or organization. Understanding these different types of networks will help you make informed decisions when designing your own networks for business or personal use.


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