lan meaning

Pronunciation:   "lan" in a sentence
Noun: LAN
  1. A local computer network for communication between computers; especially a network connecting computers and word processors and other electronic office equipment to create a communication system between offices
    - local area network

Derived forms: LANs

Type of: computer network

Encyclopedia: LAN

local area network

Communications networks connecting various hardware devices together within or between buildings by means of a continuous cable or voice data telephone system.

<networking> (LAN) A data communications network which is geographically limited (typically to a 1 km radius) allowing easy interconnection of terminals, microprocessors and computers within adjacent buildings. Ethernet and FDDI are examples of standard LANs.

Because the network is known to cover only a small area, optimisations can be made in the network signal protocols that permit data rates up to 100Mb/s.

See also token ring, wide area network, metropolitan area network..

Usenet newsgroup: comp.dcom.lans.misc.


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