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Wide Area Network

the connection of computers and networkable devices that spans over a large distance

Synonyms, Abbreviations or Trade Names: WAN

Layman's Definition: The Internet is the largest wide area network, but two or more local area networks connected over a large geographical area can also be a wide area network. Using the restaurant analogy an example of a wide area network could be the delivery system used by a chain restaurant company to get partially prepared food from the company’s warehouse to its restaurants spread apart by a large distance.

Related Terms: Network   Internet   Local Area Network   Computer