LAN : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary


LANs (Local Area Networks) let you link computers together so that you can share files, printers or programs. Windows-95 comes bundled with simple LAN (Local Area Network) software. All you need extra are some Ethernet cards and cabling. Businesses use more complicated and efficient LANs where some computers on the net are designated as servers. Nobody sits at them. The servers do work on behalf of the workstation computers. These business LANs would typically use Novell Netware software. There are other types of LAN besides Ethernet. You may find Arcnet, Lantastic and Token Ring, however, Ethernet is by far the most common.

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