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local area network

a system for linking private telecommunications equipment, as in a building or cluster of buildings.
Computers. a system for linking personal computers and workstations with each other in order to share data, devices, programs, etc.: usually confined to one office, building, or home.
Compare network (def 3).
Also, LAN
[lan] /læn/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the web for local area network
  • On your home local area network, voice will be fine.
  • Nor would you have been protected if your computer was part of a so-called local area network, or lan.
British Dictionary definitions for local area network

local area network

(computing) the linking of a number of different devices by cable within a system LAN
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local area network in Science
local area network
See LAN.
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local area network in Technology
(LAN) A data communications network which is geographically limited (typically to a 1 km radius) allowing easy interconnection of terminals, microprocessors and computers within adjacent buildings. Ethernet and FDDI are examples of standard LANs.
Because the network is known to cover only a small area, optimisations can be made in the network signal protocols that permit data rates up to 100Mb/s.
See also token ring, wide area network, metropolitan area network..
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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