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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "Local Area Network"?

A Local Area Network is a network that covers a relatively small area. Typical LANs are created with Ethernet or WiFi networking connections, and typically are wholly owned by a single person, group, or company. While they might connect to public (Internet) or private networks owned by others, they do not rely on those connections to get to other devices on the LAN, as opposed to WAN networks, which do.

Also known as: "LAN"

See Also: WiFi, WAN

Referred to by: WLAN, 802.11b, 802.11g, WAN

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