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WAN (Wide Area Network) - Definition

WAN is an abbreviation for Wide Area Network, which is a large computer and voice network. Typically it is larger than a metropolitan area. The wide area network uses communications technologies to link its network segments, which can be one big network or linked local area networks (LANs). Computers connected to a wide area network are often connected through public networks, such as the telephone system. They can also be connected through leased lines or satellites.

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