Connecting a group of computers together is simply called networking. The connected computers can share different peripherals like printers, scanners, etc and Share files among each other. The link among the computers can be established using wires/cables, radio waves, satellites, etc.
Networking is one of the most important computing factor in any office/business these days. Network is of various types and the one used within a building for business purposes is called Local Area Network (LAN). Necessary for all tasks like accessing the internet, printing and receiving documents, etc, networking is the backbone of any business today. Some of the different types of networks are explained below
1. Personal Area Network (PAN)
This is the smallest and most basic type of network. A PAN is made up of a wireless modem, computer, phones, printers, tablets, etc., and revolves around one person in one building. These types of networks are typically found in small offices or residences, and are managed by one person or organization from a single device.
2. Local Area Network (LAN)
LANs are one of the most common, one of the most original and one of the simplest types of networks. LANs connect groups of computers and low-voltage devices together across short distances (within a building or between a group of two or three buildings in close proximity to each other) to share information and resources. Enterprises typically manage and maintain LANs. LANs can be connected to wide area networks using routers to rapidly and safely transfer data.
3. Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
WLANs make use of wireless network technology, such as WiFi and function like LANs. Typically seen in the same types of applications as LANs, these types of networks don’t require the devices that rely on physical cables to connect to the network.
4. Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
These types of networks are larger than LANs but smaller than WANs – and incorporate elements from both types of networks. MANs span an entire geographic area (typically a town or city, but sometimes a campus). Ownership and maintenance is handled by either a single person or company (a local council, a large company, etc.).
5. Campus Area Network (CAN)
CANs are larger than LANs, but smaller than metropolitan area networks , these types of networks are typically seen in universities, large K-12 school districts or small businesses. They can be spread across several buildings that are fairly close to each other so users can share resources.
6. Wide Area Network (WAN)
WAN connects computers together across longer physical distances. This allows computers other devices to be remotely connected to each other over one large network to communicate even when they’re miles apart. One of the most common example of WAN is The Internet. Internet Connects all computers across the world wirelessly.
7. Storage-Area Network (SAN)
This is a dedicated high-speed network that connects shared pools of storage devices to several servers and these types of networks don’t rely on a LAN or WAN. They move storage resources away from the network and place them into their own high-performance network. SANs can be accessed in the same fashion as a drive attached to a server. Types of storage-area networks include converged, virtual and unified SANs.
8. System-Area Network (also known as SAN)
This term is used to explain a relatively local network that is designed to provide high-speed connection in server-to-server applications, storage area networks and processor-to-processor applications. The computers connected on a SAN operate as a single system at very high speeds.
9. Enterprise Private Network (EPN)
EPN is a network built and owned by businesses to interconnect their resources and multiple sites.
10. Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN lets its users send and receive data as if their devices were connected to the private network, by extending a private network across the Internet,. Through a virtual point-to-point connection, users can access a private network remotely.
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