ADVANTAGES OF LAN expensive hardware can be shared e.g. laser printer. users can access the same files. messages can be sent between users. a single Internet connection can be shared among many users. network software is cheaper than buying individual packages.
WAN Wide area network. WAN covers a large geographical area. Crosses metropolitan, regional, or national boundaries. Uses routers and public communications links. e. g. Internet. Used to connect LANs and other types of networks together. Option for WAN connectivity 1. Leased Line 2. Circuit switching 3. Packet switching
ADVANTAGES OF WAN These are similar to those of LANs except the scale of sharing. Covers a large geographical area so long distance businesses can connect on the one network. Shares software and resources with connecting workstations. Messages can be sent very quickly to anyone else on the network. Share information/files over a larger area.
LAN & WAN COMPARISON LAN WAN Small area covered Large area covered Use public Use public communication links communication links Usually a low speed Usually fast speed Uses Wi-Fi, Ethernet Uses optic wires, cables microwaves, satellites