Types of Computer Networks

Computer networks connect multiple computers to share resources and information.

LAN connects devices within a small geographical area, such as a home or office. Examples include office networks and home networks.

1. Local Area Network (LAN)

WAN connects networks over a large geographical area, such as between cities or countries. The internet is the largest example of a WAN.

2. Wide Area Network (WAN)

MAN covers a larger area than a LAN but smaller than a WAN, such as a university campus or a small city.

3. Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)

PAN connects devices around an individual, such as smartphones, laptops, and wearable devices.

4. Personal Area Network (PAN)

CAN connects networks across a campus or large organization, commonly used in universities or large corporations.

5. Campus Area Network (CAN)

VPN connects private networks over the internet with encryption, allowing secure remote access to the network.

6. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

EPN is used by large organizations to connect various offices and locations.

7. Enterprise Private Network (EPN)

SAN provides high-level access to data storage, often used in data centers and large organizations.

8. Storage Area Network (SAN)