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What is a WAN network?

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What is a WAN network?

10/06/21

By Data Installations & Supplies ltd

A Wide-Area Network (WAN) is a set of interconnected local-area networks (LANs) or other networks. A wide area network is basically a network of networks, with the Internet serving as the world’s largest WAN.

As mentioned above, wide area networks are large networks that connect multiple devices from multiple locations across the world. WANs are the most extensive form of computer networks so far. 

Service providers often create these networks and then lease them to corporations, schools, governments, and the general public. These customers, regardless of their location, can use the network to transmit and store data or connect with other people as long as they have access to the existing WAN. Different connections, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) or lines, wireless networks, cellular networks, or internet connectivity, may be used to grant access.

WANs allow international organisations to perform their critical daily functions without delay. Employees from all over the world can link to a company’s WAN to exchange data, interact with coworkers, or simply remain connected to the company’s larger data resource centre.

What is the Use of a WAN Connection? 

Organisations would be limited to restricted areas or particular geographic regions if WAN connections did not exist. LANs would encourage businesses to operate inside their own house, but expansion to other locations — such as various cities or even countries — would be impossible because the associated infrastructure would be prohibitively expensive for most businesses.

WANs enable organisations to communicate between branches, exchange knowledge, and stay connected as they expand and become more international. Employees can access the knowledge they need to do their jobs as they travel for work thanks to WANs. WANs also assist businesses in sharing knowledge with consumers and partners, such as B2B clients or customers.

However, WANs also provide an essential service to the public. WANs may be used by university students to access library databases and research. People use WANs to communicate, bank, shop, and many other things every day.

What’s the Difference Between Wide Area Network (WAN) and Local Area Network (LAN)?

There are many different forms of area networks, but one of the most common networks outside of WANs is the local area network or LAN.

LANs operate within a limited region, while WANs may exist globally without connections to a physical location through the use of a leased network provider. LANs can connect to a larger WAN (such as the internet), but only within the boundaries of the LAN’s infrastructure. 

Two common examples of LANs are ethernet and wireless networks. Wireless LANs are also known as WLANs. Other forms of telecommunication networks include the following:

  • Personal area networks (PAN)
  • Metropolitan area networks (MAN)
  • Cloud or internet area networks (IAN)

How DIS can help

We make a point of working closely with you throughout the network installation process. By combining your requirements with our knowledge and expertise in the field, we can design, plan and install a high-quality network for your business. 

Data Installations & Supplies makes sure to use cutting edge hardware that offers improved flexibility and options to support your ongoing needs. Our Wi-Fi access points can be supplied with different characteristics to best suit your business. 

For more information, get in touch today