Term:LAN [Local Area Network]
LAN is an acronym for Local Area Network.
There’s no formal definition as to just how local “local” is, but in general, it refers to a network of devices in a single location, where even “location” is a vague term.
A LAN most commonly refers to a network within a home or business that shares a single connection to another network (typically to a WAN), but the term has also been used to refer to the network within a corporation – even though the corporation may have many locations, country- or even planet-wide.
A local area network (LAN) is a computer network that interconnects computers within a limited area such as a residence, school, laboratory, university campus or office building. By contrast, a wide area network (WAN) not only covers a larger geographic distance, but also generally involves leased telecommunication circuits.