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Local Area Network (LAN) Vs. Wide Area Network (WAN)

Networks are divided into two types, a LAN (Local Area Network) or a WAN (Wide Area Network). Here is the Local Area Network (LAN) Vs. Wide Area Network (WAN).

Local Area Network (LAN) Wide Area Network (WAN)
Connects hosts within a relatively small geographical area such as same building, same room, same campus. Hosts may be widely dispersed such as across campus, across cities/countries/continent.
Faster than WAN. Slower than LAN.
Cheaper : Under a control of single ownership. Expensive : Not under a control of a single person.
Typical speed : 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps. Typical speed : 64 Kbps to 8 Mbps.