WAN vs. LAN

WANs and LANs are types of networks that allow users to share and easily access applications and files across multiple computers or devices.

WANs and LANs defined

Wide area networks and local area networks are both ways of connecting computers and devices so that users can easily share files and access common applications.

LAN definition: A local area network (LAN) is a group of computers that share a common link to a server.

WAN definition: A wide area network (WAN) is a network of computers or LANs that are connected over a distance of more than half a mile.

WANs and LANs compared

One of the major differences between WANs and LANs is security. While LANs are usually operated by an in-house IT team, due to the distance over which they operate, WANs require the use of either the public Internet or a third-party connection. LANs are also cheaper and easier to use and maintain. However, WANs can be used to connect various aspects of business over long distances, which can be invaluable to a larger enterprise.

HPE WANs/LANs products and services

Whether you want to set up a wide area network or a local area network for your business, HPE networking solutions make it easy to set up simple, but effective networks that are highly scalable.

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Resources

White Paper : Accelerate network service orchestration

White Paper

Accelerate network service orchestration

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