All Network Cards
LAN- This is a network card that is made generally for small areas or one area. This could be one building or more than one that is close to each other. It can connect to other LAN’s but this would be know as a Wide-Area Net work also known as WAN. Each node, another word for an individual computer, has it’s own CPU that helps the LAN to run all programs, access data and devices.
WLAN- This is another type of LAN except it uses radio waves instead of wires like LAN’s making the communication between nodes quicker.
WAN- This is a network card that is 2 LAN cards combined into one, WAN cards are connected through public networks such as telephones. It can also be through satellites or a leased line which is a telephone connection that is permanent. The largest type of WAN would be the internet at this moment of time.
MAN- This is a network that is mostly used for towns and city’s. It is larger than LAN’s but smaller than WAS’s and it gains it; connections through fiber optical cables or other digital medias available.
SAN- (Storage) Connects to servers and stores data from devices using technology such as Fiber Channel.
SAN- (System) links high-performances computers with high-speed connections in a Cluster Area Network.
CNA- (Campus)multiples of LAN’s but smaller than MAN’s. It’s usually crated for a specific area such as a University campus or a Business campus.
PAN- Personal Area Network. This is a network made for a an individual and specific devices such as PDA’s, mobiles and computers. PAN can be wired or wireless. Wired PAN need to have a USB or FireWire to link to whereas a wireless PAN uses Bluetooth or using infrared connections, this is a communication used for mobile phones or a desk computer or even a printer. It usually overs an area if less that 10 meters or around 30 feet
DAN- Desk Area Network. This is based around ATM’s. Connections based through peripherals and CPU’s is the main memory that is made or ‘achieved’ through ATM cells that go through switch fabrics.
VAN- - Value-Added Network. This is a private network that is hired or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). It also helos with areas such as message encryption and secure emails. Its a service that business partners can share basic data.