Differences between LAN and WAN

The differences between LAN – Local Area Network and WAN – Wide Area Network is as follows:

1.
LAN – Local Area Network is used to connect computers at one place, in one room or a building.
2.
LAN– Local Area Network covers small and limited area.
3.
Data transfer speed is very fast in LAN because of small distance.
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Local Area network speed is normally form 1 to l00 Mbps.
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LAN – Local Area Network is less costly.
6.
LAN – Local Area Network is usually connected through wires.
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Normally, the   connection    in    a    LAN – Local Area Network  is permanent using wires.
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LAN – Local Area Network is used for sharing data, information, files and hardware like printers, hard disk, modem etc.
9.
LAN – Local Area Network has   less   possibility   of data transmission error.
10.
LAN – Local Area Network is used to transfer data over small distances.
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LAN – Local Area Network is easy to install and configure.
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LAN – Local Area Network is easy to troubleshoot.
WAN (Wide Area Network)
1
WAN – Wide Area Network is used to connect computers anywhere in the world.
2
WAN – Wide Area Network can cover larger area. It can cover cities, countries and even continents.
3
Data transfer speed is slower in WAN – Wide Area Network.
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Transmission     speeds  of WAN – Wide Area Network   are     normally 56 kbps to 45 Mbps.
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The hardware needed for a WAN is more expensive.
6
WAN – Wide Area Network is usually connected through telephone lines, fiber optic cable or through wireless media.
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The    connection    in    WAN – Wide Area Network   may not be permanent.
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WAN is used to share only data and information like Email and file transfer
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WAN – Wide Area Network has more possibility of data transmission error because of long distance.
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WAN – Wide Area Network is used to transfer data over long distances.
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WAN – Wide Area Network is difficult to install and configure due to connecting computers at multiple and distant sites.
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WANs – Wide Area Networks are difficult to troubleshoot.

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