Local Area Networks, or LANs, are a common form of computer network that allow computers and devices to communicate with one another. A LAN can be connected via wired or wireless connection, as well as through fiber optic cables. Wired LANs use Ethernet cables to connect nodes while wireless LANs rely on radio frequency (RF) signals sent over the air. Hybrid wired and wireless LANs may have some combination of both types of connections available.
Fiber optic LANs
A fiber optic LAN uses fiber optic cable to transmit data over long distances. Fiber optic cables have a diameter that’s about the size of a human hair and can carry much more information than traditional copper wire cables. Because they’re made up of small light pulses, they can also send data faster than other types of network connections (up to 10 Gbps). The downside is that it’s expensive to install and maintain a fiber optic network; it requires space for large transmitters, receivers, repeaters and other hardware components; plus there are strict regulations regarding where these devices must be placed in relation to one another so as not to cause interference with each other or nearby electronics such as televisions or radios
- A wireless LAN is a network of computers that are connected together using radio waves instead of cables.
- Wireless LANs (also known as Wi-Fi networks) are used in homes, offices, schools and other places. They can be connected to the Internet through an access point or router.
Hybrid wired and wireless LANs
Hybrid wired and wireless LANs are a combination of wired and wireless LANs. They utilize both technologies to connect devices, which can be used in homes, offices, schools, hospitals and other areas. A hybrid network consists of two or more separate radio frequencies (RF) or …