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Types of Computer Networks List & Flashcards

Types of Computer Networks List & Flashcards
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CAN
Campus area network. A network encompassing a unified region of post-secondary education, such as a university campus. Often uses Wi-Fi.
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MAN
Metropolitan area network. A network that encompasses several buildings within a small regional area, such as a city or university campus. Larger than a LAN.
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LAN
Local area network. A LAN network is well-suited for small business enterprises where workers in one location share resources. Low cost/high speed.
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HAN
Home area network. Also known as PAN - personal area network. Example: Bob's HAN includes his music system, iPad tablet device, and self-health monitoring equipment.
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PAN
Personal area network, also known as HAN - home area network. Example: Sara's PAN includes her computer, printer, smartphone, television, and music system.
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node
A 'node' is what we call each computer that is part of a network. A network can be composed of many nodes.
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Wi-Fi
The setup that allows communication between electronic devices using radio waves, not cables. Example: I can check my conference schedule on my smartphone using the hotel's Wi-Fi connection.
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computer network
Two or more computers that can share files, messages, and hardware such as printers, because they are connected via wire cables or wirelessly via radio waves (Wi-Fi).
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Flashcard Content Overview

Do you ever feel intimidated by the language used by IT network specialists as they're describing the work that they do? If so, you're not alone. After using these flashcards, you'll find that much of the language used in the field is quite intuitive and EASY to remember. In fact, once you encounter the real definitions behind many widely used acronyms, you won't need to work hard to memorize anything! This flashcard set solves the mystery once and for all behind acronyms such as SAN, EPN, VPN, WLAN, and more, helping you to join computer networking conversations with confidence.

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computer network
Two or more computers that can share files, messages, and hardware such as printers, because they are connected via wire cables or wirelessly via radio waves (Wi-Fi).
Wi-Fi
The setup that allows communication between electronic devices using radio waves, not cables. Example: I can check my conference schedule on my smartphone using the hotel's Wi-Fi connection.
node
A 'node' is what we call each computer that is part of a network. A network can be composed of many nodes.
PAN
Personal area network, also known as HAN - home area network. Example: Sara's PAN includes her computer, printer, smartphone, television, and music system.
HAN
Home area network. Also known as PAN - personal area network. Example: Bob's HAN includes his music system, iPad tablet device, and self-health monitoring equipment.
LAN
Local area network. A LAN network is well-suited for small business enterprises where workers in one location share resources. Low cost/high speed.
MAN
Metropolitan area network. A network that encompasses several buildings within a small regional area, such as a city or university campus. Larger than a LAN.
CAN
Campus area network. A network encompassing a unified region of post-secondary education, such as a university campus. Often uses Wi-Fi.
WAN
Wide area network. A network that encompasses a very large area, such as a national or international organization. Examples: U.S. government intranet; the internet.
WPAN
Wireless personal area network. Uses radio waves (Wi-Fi) instead of cables. LANs, MANs, and WANs can also be created to function wirelessly.
EPN
Enterprise private network. Connected computers within a single local, national, or international organization. Confidential, internal information is restricted from public internet access.
VPN
Virtual private network. Uses public internet for some purposes, but information is encrypted, which protects it from translation and external access during delivery.
SAN
Storage area network. A network created as a repository or storage place of information and data, such as large collections of images, music, movies and other types of documentation.
BAN
Body area network. Network connecting wearable electronic equipment that provides information on the functioning and health of the human body, such as glucose and blood pressure monitors.
P2P network
Peer to peer network. A direct network connecting two or more nodes or computers without using a central server. Examples: Skype; Napster; AOL Instant Messenger.
site-to-site VPN
Virtual private network that connects geographically distant locations within a single field organization. Examples: Offices in the fields of healthcare or banking use VPNs.
remote access VPN
Virtual private network that can be accessed wirelessly only by members of the field or organization overseeing the VPN. Example: Insurance claim processors; real estate agents.

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