Definitions for "Local-area network"
Keywords:  lan, onenorthwest, wan, wider, confined
According to OneNorthwest, a LAN is a group of computers connected for the purpose of sharing resources. Computers on a LAN can exchange files with each other, and share common hardware, such as printers and modems. The computers on a local area network are typically joined by a single transmission cable and are located within a small area such as a single building or section of a building. LANs can in turn be connected to other LANs, forming a WAN, or connected to the Internet.
a short-distance network used to link a group of computers together, usually within a building
A private group of computers and related peripheral devices that are connected and capable of sharing resources. A LAN may or may not be connected to the Internet.