|Noun||1.||local area network - a local computer network for communication between computers; especially a network connecting computers and word processors and other electronic office equipment to create a communication system between offices|
|(networking)||local area network - (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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