Installing Campus Area Networks (Can)

A Wide Area Network is also known as a LAN or campus network. As have already mentioned above it’s smaller than the traditional broader area network and several Local Area Networks (LAN) join in on a single organization or zones to create a Campus Area Network (CAN). So, when someone says of the corporate networks within the particular geographical location, you could easily guess that it’s campus network. The term itself implies a physical location of a corporation within a specific location. The CAN have various features and services, that may include but are not limited to, the following: communication features, including voice, data, and unified communications features, access to the Internet, secure key distribution, management of secured networks and devices, including firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, and more. However, the feature that makes the CAN stand out from other networks is its versatility and the fact that any given machine within the LAN can connect to the other machines even outside the local area network.

The term topology pertains to the logical arrangement of components in a given structure. There are different types of topology including logical topology and physical topology. Based on the physical topology, there are different CANs namely physical layer, logical layer, and virtual network topology. Based on the logical topology, there are different types of switches such as circuit switching fabric switches, packet switch fabric switches, managed switch fabric switches, networkable fabric switches, and many more. The switches allow enterprises to manage their campus networks effectively with minimal effort from the administrator’s side.

There are many advantages for an enterprise if it chooses to implement a campus-area network. The main advantage is that the enterprise can get its applications and resources from anywhere within a limited geographical area. With this facility, companies or organizations can …