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Infrastructure can be divided into two major areas:
- Local Area Networking LAN; and
- Wide Area Networking (WAN)
Local Area Networking (LAN)
They are smaller networks, usually within an office base. Connections between the workstations are physical, with cables, and all the office resources are shared and distributed between the network workstations. The most common type of LAN is that of Ethernet. This is a family of frame-based computer networking technologies for LANs. While LANs are smaller, collectively they can be linked to create the WAN. This really is done using a series of routers, and bridges, which are basically network hardware devices which enable inter-connectivity between separate LANs. With the option of expanding into small-scale WANs. Users of a LAN will more likely need password validation as it will have specific user rights. The LAN may further be subdivided into structured or wireless networking solutions, depending on the suitability of the users.
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Wide Area Network (WAN)
WAN, or wide area networks, are broader geographic networks. They are more of a collection of interconnected LAN networks and they rely on common carriers, while LANs do not. With a WAN the focus is more on communications and will operate on a more client-to-server basis with interconnected LANs. This means that the resources are requested from a central server. The hardware requirements, software requirements as well as technical specifications and cost of a WAN is much more than a LAN.