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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 "WAN"?

A wide area network, or WAN, connection is a network link that extends beyond the local LAN to other private or public networks, such as the Internet. An example of which would be a DSL network connection that is attached to a home WiFi network.

Also known as: "Wide Area Network"

See Also: LAN, DSL, WiFi

Referred to by: DSL, Local Area Network, WiMAX

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