There are 7 main types of internet networks. They are:
- Local Area Network (LAN)
- Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
- Wide Area Network (WAN)
- Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
- Storage Area Network (SAN)
- Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Personal Area Network (PAN)
LAN networks connect devices in the same area. WLAN does the same job as a LAN, but with a wireless connection. WAN also operates like a LAN, but it has a wider range. MAN networks have a wider range than LAN, but shorter than WAN.
PAN, SAN and VPN networks operate differently from LAN networks. As a result, they differ from the networks already listed. PAN networks, like Bluetooth, operate over a small distance. SAN networks store data away from your primary network.
Finally, VPNs hide your IP address and offer you more protection when browsing online. The Wifi Specialist has experience dealing with every type of connection. To receive maintenance on your network, or have a new connection installed, contact us today.