1. Introduction

You will no doubt have come across a Local Area Network (LAN) if only in your school. And you will have come across a Wide Area Network (WAN) as the internet is the largest one on the planet.

There are also 'virtual networks' which you are less likely to be aware of.

This mini-web compares the characteristics of each type of network and explains why people want to deploy them.

After reading this section you should be able to answer

  • What are the types of network
  • What are they used for
  • What are their characteristics