PAN, LAN, MAN, WAN, and more

Networks come in all shapes and sizes to satisfy the needs of the users and the entities that build them. From very small peer-to-peer networks to networks that span the globe and beyond (satellites), different technologies are required to satisfy this broad range of needs; those technologies are updated and replaced over time as newer, faster, and more reliable technologies emerge.

Personal area networks

A personal area network (PAN) is usually defined as a network contained within about a 10-meter (33-foot) range from the user. The PAN is usually a wireless connection between peers because the size of the network usually doesn’t warrant infrastructure systems such as dedicated servers. Devices are often mobile and ...

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