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Local Area Networks

Networking technologies have made a profound change in the way we live. With the aid of computers, you can run businesses without ever leaving home. To make such a scenario possible, a number of interdependent technologies, such as transmission control, messaging, file transfer, and so on, come into play. However, all these technologies work within a networking framework defined for transmitting data over a limited network. This networking framework is called a Local Area Network (LAN). Networks that implement connectivity between computers located within short distances are termed LANs.

In simple terms, LANs can be described as a network of computers located in close proximity sharing common resources, such as printers ...

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