Wan / Lan

What Is A WAN?

  • A WAN is a Wide Area Network.
  • A WAN spans a large geographic area, such as a state, province or country. WANs often connect multiple smaller networks, such as local area networks (LANs) or metro area networks (MANs).

What Is A LAN?

  • A LAN is a Local Area Network.
  • It is a computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most LANs are confined to a single building or group of buildings.


LAN (Local Area Network) is a computer network covering a small geographic area, like a home office, schools, or group of buildings.

WAN (Wide Area Network) is a computer network that covers a broad area (e.g., any network whose communications links cross metropolitan, regional, or national boundaries over a long distance


high speed(1000mbps)

less speed(150mbps)

Data transfer rates:

LANs have a high data transfer rate

WANs have a lower data transfer rate as compared to LANs


Network in an organization can be a LAN

Internet is a good example of a WAN


Tend to use certain connectivity technologies, primarily Ethernet

WANs tend to use technology like MPLS, for connectivity over the longer distances

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