Local Area Network (LAN)

Technology / Computers / Local Area Network (LAN): A computer network that spans a relatively small area. Most LANs are confined to a single building or group of buildings. However, one LAN can be connected to other LANs over any distance via telephone lines and radio waves. A system of LANs connected in this way is called a wide area network (WAN). Most LANs connect workstations and personal computers. Each node (individual computer ) in a LAN has its own CPU with which it executes programs, but it is also able to access data and devices anywhere on the LAN. This means that many users can share expensive devices, such as laser printers, as well as data. Users can also use the LAN to communicate with each other, by sending e-mail or engaging in chat sessions. There are many different types of LANs Ethernets being the most common for PCs. Most Apple Macintosh networks are based on Apple's AppleTalk network system, which is built into Macintosh computers.

Other Words for Area

Area Noun Synonyms: space, room
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Other Words for Local

Local Adjective Synonyms: resident, native, townsman, townswoman, townsperson
Local Noun Synonyms: neighborhood, neighbouring, nearby, close by, adjoining
Local Verb Synonyms: provincial, regional, district, state, county, shire, municipal, city, town, village, neighborhood, restricted, limited, specific, particular, peculiar
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Wide Area Network (WAN)

Technology / Computers / Wide Area Network (WAN): A network in which computers are connected to each other over a long distance, using telephone lines and satellite communications. See local area network (LAN). MORE

Network Basic Input - Output System (NetBIOS)

Technology / Computers / Network Basic Input - Output System (NetBIOS): A commonly used networking protocol originally developed for LANs. Operates on the Session and Transport layers of the OSI model, so doesn't make use of physical network characteristics. MORE

Network Card

Technology / Computers / Network Card: Also, Network Interface Card or NIC. This is a component of a computer that enables the computer to communicate with other computers via a direct network connection. MORE

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