COMP5980_Final - 1 Describe the differences between a local...

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1. Describe the differences between a local area network (LAN) and a wide area network (WAN). A local area network (LAN) is used to connect computers within a localized area, such as a single floor of an office building or a section of a manufacturing floor. A wide area network (WAN) is used to connect multiple LANs, sometimes in a world- wide network. Finally, sometimes the term metropolitan area network (MAN) is used to describe a network of LANs in a single geographic area, such as a city. Thus, a corporation with locations in Orlando, Miami, Bithlo, Gotha, and Los Angeles could have several LANs in each location, with the connection of the LANs in each location termed a MAN. The network used to connect all locations could then be called a WAN. In most usages, the term MAN is omitted in favor of WAN. 2. Describe “peer to peer” and “server based” local area networks. Discuss their relative advantages and disadvantages.
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  • Spring '09
  • jhon
  • Computer network, Coaxial cable, network operating system

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