There are three common network types according to their coverage size. These are, LANs, MANs and WANs. LAN is the smallest sized network in these three network type. LAN (Local Area Network) is a small network that is built within a small geographical area. A LAN can be your home network, your company’s network or any similar network that is consist of mostly with switches and the hosts connected to them. Beside, a LAN consist of different office equipments like printers. A LAN can consist of two computers simply, beside,it can consist of hundreds of devices.
There are various topologies that are used by LAN. These topologies can be Bus, Start, Ring, etc. We will also talk about these topologies in the network topologies article.
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To build a Local Area Network, there are some requirements. These requirements are very simple that, every one who has an internet connection at home, has these. What are these requirements?
LANs are the simplest network topologies. People use this simple networks for many reasons. Some of these reasons are given below:
For different places ororganizations, using this types of network has different advantages.
LANs are the networks that we use in our offices or in our home network. But beside these small networks, there are both larger or smaller network types. What rea these network types? Below, you can find them from smallest to the largest.
As you can see here, the place of Local Area Network is in the middle of the other network types. There are both smaller networks and larger networks in the above picture. If you would like to learn more about other networks, you can check the related lessons.