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Computer Networks & Networking Solutions

Computer Networking Solutions
Altitude Data can design and implement a computer network design solution for you or step up to monitor and manage your existing networking configuration.

Computer Networks are vital to today's business needs in all settings, and there are many approaches to this issue. The right answer is the topology that works best for you.

We will sit down with you and take inventory of both your current needs and future goals when planning your network and pay attention to these when designing and implementing your individual networking solution

We are available to talk to you about your needs, and we listen, whether you have a small office, home office or want a home network. Challenge us, we're ready!

Common Types of Computer Networks

Computer network design can range from simple to very complex. Networking topology can be as simple as connecting two computers, or a computer and a printer, while more complex networks can involve the connection of millions of computers and devices. Below is a brief outline of different computer network types.

Personal Area Network (PAN)

The smallest type of network, a PAN simply involves connecting one person's computer to a number of devices or peripherals. Usually, all devices, such as printers, PDAs, and telephones, are within a few feet of the computer. A PAN can also refer to a connection to the internet.

Local Area Network (LAN)

If you have a home network with two or more computers or you are connected to other computers at your workplace, then you are on a LAN. LANs are ideal for networking in a small geographical area and can either work with cables and hubs, or wirelessly. They allow for the speedy transfer of data - up to 10Gbit/s. Most LANs are based on Ethernet technology. Wireless Local Area Networks are known as WLANs.

Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)

A MAN usually consists of a number of interconnected LANs and WANs, but will not extend beyond the boundaries of a town, city, or metropolitan area. These are often operated at public utilities and are used by many businesses and individuals.

MAN technology has developed significantly in recent years with smaller networks within a MAN often interconnected wirelessly using radio, microwave or infra-red laser links.

Wide Area Network (WAN)

The WAN is the next step up from the MAN because it can cross metropolitan or even national boundaries. The best known WAN is the Internet and, like all WANs, it uses routers and public communication links to carry data. While the Internet is open to all, many WANs are run by private companies and are restricted.

These are four types of networks that most users will come across daily Ñ maybe not even realizing it! However, there are more network type, ranging from the Desktop Area Network (DAN) to Storage Area Networks (SAN), to the much, much bigger Global Area Network (GAN).