If you are setting up your business, you do need to think about the type of network that you need. There are two main options to consider here. These are LAN and WAN cable networks. While they sound relatively similar there are distinct differences and advantages of each option. Exploring these will help you determine which one is right for your business needs. It’s not a one size fits all approach and it’s important to make the right choice to ensure that you get the right number of benefits. So, let’s dive in and explore some of the most important features and variables that you should consider.
LAN vs WAN Definitions
LAN stands for local area network. This allows for computers and devices that are close together to connect. They will then be able to share files or complete tasks and this usually means that they are using the same router or switch. Typically, this type of network will consist of everyday devices which could include a range of different business technology. Examples would be tablets, printers, and desktops. The network will also usually have routers and switches(you may be interested in Routers vs Switches vs Firewalls) as well as wireless cards or potentially ethernet cables. Be aware that a LAN is commonly set up in a home to allow easily family sharing.
In a LAN different cables can be used to physically connect different devices together. However, it’s far more popular to use wifi to connect the different technology and ensure that a fully integrated network is built up. These are the 5 steps needed for a successful LAN implementation.