What is WAN?

Definition – What does WAN mean?

WAN (Wide Area Network) is a network that installed over a large area. It connects different smaller networks such as local area network and metro area networks etc. This ensures that users and computers in one location can communicate with users and computers in other locations. Wide area network implementation can be done either with the help of the public transmission system or the private network.

Glossary Web explains WAN

Wide Area Network connects more than one LAN and is used for a large geographical area. It is similar to a bank system where hundreds of branches in different areas are connected with each other to share details and all their official data. A wide area network works in a similar fashion to the LAN, just on a large scale. Normally, TCP/IP is the protocol that is used for a WAN in combination with the devices including switches, routers, and modems, etc.

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