3.7 Other Networks

  1. WLAN: (Wireless Local Area Network) helps you to link single or multiple devices using wireless communication within a limited area like home, school, or office building. It gives users an ability to move around within a local coverage area which may be connected to the network. Today most modern day’s WLAN systems are based on IEEE 802.11 standards.
  2. SAN: Storage-Area Network (SAN): A Storage Area Network is a type of network which allows consolidated, block-level data storage. It is mainly used to make storage devices, like disk arrays, optical jukeboxes, and tape libraries.
  3. System-Area Network: System Area Network is used for a local network. It offers high-speed connection in server-to-server and processor-to-processor applications. The computers connected on a SAN network operate as a single system at quite high speed.
  4. Passive Optical Local Area Network: POLAN is a networking technology which helps you to integrate into structured cabling. It allows you to resolve the issues of supporting Ethernet protocols and network apps. POLAN allows you to use optical splitter which helps you to separate an optical signal from a single-mode optical fiber. It converts this single signal into multiple signals.
  5. Home Area Network (HAN): A Home Area Network is always built using two or more interconnected computers to form a local area network (LAN) within the home. For example, in the United States, out of 121,520,200 homes, 111,603,400 homes have more than one computer.
    This type of network helps computer owners to interconnect with multiple computers. This network allows sharing files, programs, printers, and other peripherals.
  6. Enterprise Private Network: Enterprise private network (EPN) networks are built and owned by businesses that want to securely connect numerous locations in order to share various computer resources.
  7. Campus Area Network (CAN): A Campus Area Network is made up of an interconnection of LANs within a specific geographical area. For example, a university campus can be linked with a variety of campus buildings to connect all the academic departments.
  8. Virtual Private Network: A VPN is a private network which uses a public network to connect remote sites or users together. The VPN network uses “virtual” connections routed through the internet from the enterprise’s private network or a third-party VPN service to the remote site. It is a free or paid service that keeps your web browsing secure and private over public WiFi hotspots.