LAN vs. MAN vs. WAN

The difference between LAN, MAN and WAN is that LAN is local area network that can only cover a small area, MAN is metropolitan area network that covers more area than LAN whereas WAN is wide area network that covers a large area as compared to LAN and MAN.

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LAN vs. MAN vs. WAN

The computer system work with a network that connects and communicate, communication is one of the main purposes of the computer system. Many systems for the purpose of communication has been made. There is three main and most important network that are LAN, MAN and WAN. There is a lot of difference between LAN, MAN and WAN. LAN is local area network that can only cover a small area; MAN is metropolitan area network that covers more area than LAN whereas WAN is wide area network that covers a large area as compared to LAN and MAN. LAN is a local area network that links network devices. Local area network is for personal computers, for example, there is an office, and there are many computers these computers are lined, and the communication is done using a Local area network. MAN is metropolitan area network; this network cover large area as compared to LAN that is local area network. Local area network cover one office and Metropolitan area network cover more than one office. Two more computers that are apart for each other can be connected using MAN.

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The workstations that are connected using LAN can share data, and this network is connected with wires. The rate of transfer of data using of local area network is very fast. But the only problem is that the limitation is very limited. LAN can only cover a small geographical area, and it is owned by one person. LAN can use in office, building, home, schools and hospitals. One of the biggest advantage of LAN it is very easy to make and maintain. Twisted pair cable and coaxial cable is used in the making of Local area network. WAN is wide area network that is a computer network that is most widely used and is cover the large geographical area. A WAN is wide area network that could be a connection of LAN connecting to other LAN’s via phones and radio waves

MAN can also be used to network in more than one city. MAN cover a large geographical area and is ISP that is internet service provider. It is easy to maintain MAN but is difficult as compared to LAN. MAN is costly as compared to LAN, LAN is not handled by a single organization. The transfer rate is moderate but slow as compared to LAN.MAN or LAN can be privately owned but WAN cannot be privately owned because it is very wide. PSTN or Satellite link is communication medium. The chances of errors are more is wide and because it cover large area.

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Comparison Chart

BasisLANMANWAN
MeaningLAN is local area network that can only cover small areaMAN is metropolitan area network that cover more area than LANWAN is wide area network that cover large area as compared to LAN and MAN.
NetworkLAN is private network.MAN is can be private as well as publicWAN can be private as well as public
SpeedSpeed of LAN is slowSpeed of MAN is moderateSpeed of WAN is fast
UseLAN is used in offices.MAN is used in buildingsInternet is WAN

 What is LAN?

LAN is a local area network that links network devices. Local area network is for personal computers, for example, there is an office, and there are many computers these computers are lined, and the communication is done using a Local area network. The workstations that are connected using LAN can share data, and this network is connected with wires. The rate of transfer of data using of local area network is very fast. But the only problem is that the limitation is very limited. LAN can only cover a small geographical area, and it is owned by one person. LAN can use in office, building, home, schools and hospitals. One of the biggest advantage of LAN it is very easy to make and maintain. Twisted pair cable and coaxial cable is used in the making of Local area network.

What is MAN?

MAN is metropolitan area network; this network covers a large area as compared to LAN that is local area network. Local area network cover one office and Metropolitan area network cover more than one office. Two more computers that are apart for each other can be connected using MAN. MAN can also be used to network in more than one city. MAN cover a large geographical area and is ISP that is internet service provider. It is easy to maintain MAN but is difficult as compared to LAN. MAN is costly as compared to LAN, LAN is not handled by a single organization. The transfer rate is moderate but slow as compared to LAN.

What is WAN?

WAN is wide area network that is a computer network that is most widely used and is cover the large geographical area. A WAN is wide area network that could be a connection of LAN connecting to other LAN’s via phones and radio waves. MAN or LAN can be privately owned, but WAN cannot be privately owned because it is very wide. PSTN or Satellite link is communication medium. The chances of errors are more is wide and because it covers a large area.

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Key Differences

  • LAN is local area network that can only cover a small area; MAN is metropolitan area network that covers more area than LAN whereas WAN is wide area network that covers a large area as compared to LAN and MAN.
  • LAN is a private network; MAN is can be private as well as public whereas WAN can be private as well as public.
  • The speed of LAN is slow, the speed of MAN is moderate whereas the speed of WAN is fast.
  • LAN is used in offices; MAN is used in buildings whereas the Internet is WAN

Conclusion

In this article above we see the clear difference between LAN, MAN and WAN.

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