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What Is a Local Area Network (LAN)? Definition & Benefits

A local area network (LAN) links computers and devices within a specific area, permitting resource sharing and user communication. LANs vary in size from a few devices to thousands, all retaining resource sharing and communication even as they grow. Home LANs and larger work-based LANs, connect via routers, often use Ethernet or Wi-Fi for connections and can facilitate devices such as servers, printers, or games consoles. There are two primary types of LANs: client-server and peer-to-peer.

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