• LAN, WAN, MAN: What are They and How do They Compare?

    December 15, 2017 | Blog | admin
  • LAN, WAN, and MAN are all acronyms in the computer technology industry. So, what do they mean and how do they compare to each other?  Here is a brief, simple explanation:


    This is the abbreviation for Local Area Network which is when there are multiple computers and peripheral devices connected to a campus or in an office or other room. They are sharing a common connection that has 10-100 Mbps data transmission speed and are connected by Ethernet cables, usually running on high-speed internet connection. LAN computer terminals may be physically connected using cables or setup wireless, thus called WLAN. LAN is less expensive than WAN or MAN.


    This is the abbreviation for Wide Area Network and is the biggest network which can interconnect networks around the world. Companies such as Microsoft or other worldwide organizations utilize WAN connection between their various branches by communicating via microwave satellites.

    WAN has a data transmission speed of 256Kbps to 2Mbps, offering a faster speed than LAN or MAN.  WAN is used to connect LANs that are not in the same area and is more expensive than LAN or MAN.


    MAN is the abbreviation for Metropolitan Area Network and bigger than LAN network. It connects computer users that are in a specific geographical area. An example of MAN is your cable television or a large university.

    MAN’s data transmission speed is 5-10Mbps, which is faster and more expensive than LAN but slower and smaller than WAN.