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.|