Networking Guide : Network Types
Based on their coverage, networks are classified into PAN, LAN, MAN,
PAN (Personal Area Network) is
a network that connects computers, peripherals and other devices
within a personal operating space. PAN is
typically implemented using wireless (RF)
ZigBee (low rate),
Bluetooth (medium rate) and WiMedia/UWB (high rate).
PAN coverage is about 10 to 100 meters.
Three Bluetooth devices form a PAN.
LAN (Local Area Network) is a network that connects computers,
peripherals and other devices
within a building (e.g. office, home) or in a limited area.
Typical LAN coverage is about 50 to 300 meters. LAN is also known as
campus network. Most LANs today are implemented using Ethernet.
Wireless LAN using
Wi-Fi technology also grows in
popularity as an alternative to Ethernet.
Computers and printers in an office network.