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19-Aug-2012, 06:55 PM #1
Question Help understanding difference between LAN and Wan
Hiya,
I apologise for what may seem as a daft question...I'm working through the ECDL and don't understand LAN / WAN ??
I've goggled for information but remain befuddled...is LAN a computers network shared within a building - does this exclude the internet? and computers connected to the internet on WAN?
Sorry all...I feel stupid asking but trying to find an answer is driving me bonkers.
Thanks x
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20-Aug-2012, 09:48 AM #2
LAN is a local area network,which would be something like your
personal home network or an internal network at a business.

WAN is a wide area network.
The internet is actually a wan.
A wan can connect to other networks outside the LAN.
Businesses can have their own wan that connects to other locations
outside their LAN.
This is a basic description,not comprehensive,but should give you
the basic idea.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_area_network
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_area_network
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20-Aug-2012, 02:44 PM #3
Thank you...at last, I understand x
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