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What is Network and how many types of it?

Updated on September 10, 2011

Network is a combination of intelligent independent objects use to share resources and make the communication possible.

There are main three types of Network.

  • LAN (Local Area Network)
  • WAN (Wide Area Network)
  • MAN (Metropolitan Area Network)
  1. LAN: LAN stands for Local Are Network. It's a group of computers and network communication devices within a limited geographical area such as home, school, and office building etc.. A LAN is useful for sharing resources like files, printers, games or other applications.
  2. WAN: WAN stands for Wide Area Network. WAN interconnect LAN's. It is not restricted to a particular area and maybe interconnected around the world. Through WAN offices in different countries can be interconnected. The best example of a WAN could be the Internet that is the largest network in the world.
  3. MAN: MAN stands for Metropolitan Area Network. MAN usually interconnects a number of LANs using a high-capacity backbone technology, such as fiber-optical links, and provides up-link services to WAN and the Internet.

More types of Network

  • SAN (Storage Area Network)
  • CAN (Campus Area Network)
  • PAN (Personal Area Network)
  • DAN (Desk Area Network)


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      Hira guddi 19 months ago

      I have solve my problems ..............thanxxxxxxxxxx..............

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      Sokhom Pen 2 years ago

      How about WLAN,

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      shoib Siddiqui 2 years ago


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      khadim 3 years ago

      di dear friend ma name is " khadim" and i am from pakistan and i have some problem in "networking" the one who know so plx tell me

      it is question

      1: in class a how money computer we can connect

      2: and the same how money computer we can connect in class B

      3: and the same in class C

      .... thanks

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      jane kayitesi 3 years ago

      what about VPN? isn't it the type of network?

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      SHAHID RAZA 3 years ago


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      suraj kumar nirmal 4 years ago

      how to under stand networking

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I hadn't ever heard of MAN before, but the others I had heard of.