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ALSO CALLED: Networks, Local Area Networks
DEFINITION: A local area network (LAN) is a group of computers and associated devices that share a common communications line or wireless link. Typically, connected devices share the resources of a single processor or server within a small geographic area (for example, within an office building). Usually, the server has applications and data storage that are shared in common by multiple computer users. A local  … 
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The Energy Efficiency of Passive Optical Local Area Networks (POLANs)
sponsored by Nokia
WHITE PAPER: POLAN has been introduced to enable higher bandwidth, coverage, and sustainability than its LAN counterpart. Access now to learn more about how a POLAN system provides a more energy-efficient local area networking solution compared to conventional copper Ethernet.
Posted: 20 Sep 2016 | Published: 20 Sep 2016

Nokia

Why Now Is the Time to Re-Architect the Enterprise Network
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: IT professionals continue to embrace new technologies, but are they thinking about the infrastructure across which they're to delivering these technologies? Learn how to re-architect the enterprise network and data center infrastructure, in light of the momentum towards cloud, mobility, bandwidth-hungry apps, and advanced security threats.
Posted: 09 Sep 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Outperform Your Expectations with Passive Optical LAN
sponsored by Nokia
WHITE PAPER: Passive optical LAN (POL) technology eliminates the networking limitations of Traditional LAN. This resource offers a side by side comparison of POL and traditional LAN and details the key features of POL. Access now to learn about these features.
Posted: 01 Sep 2016 | Published: 29 Jul 2016

Nokia

Passive Optical LAN, Explained
sponsored by Nokia
WHITE PAPER: This paper outlines the key elements of an enterprise POL. Access now and discover why POL is an optimal enterprise network option for today's digital world.
Posted: 01 Sep 2016 | Published: 29 Jul 2016

Nokia

Passive Optical LAN Versus Copper-Based Ethernet
sponsored by Nokia
WHITE PAPER: A centralized passive optical LAN (POL) architecture eliminates the networking limitations imposed by copper-based Cat 5/Cat 6 cabling. Explore the value of an enterprise POL based on an economic analysis.
Posted: 31 Aug 2016 | Published: 31 Aug 2016

Nokia

Addressing Issues in the Local Area Network
sponsored by Nokia
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines the limitations of traditional enterprise networks built on Ethernet technologies. Access now to also explore the benefits of an enterprise-level passive optical LAN (POL.)
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | Published: 30 Aug 2016

Nokia

Insights into Networking Technologies in the Workplace: Best Practices
sponsored by CommScope
WHITE PAPER: The following guidelines are designed to help organizations facilitate a connected, efficient organization. Access now to discover tips, answers, and insight to demystify networking technologies such as LAN, Wi-Fi, audio visual, and more.
Posted: 14 Jun 2016 | Published: 14 Jun 2016

CommScope

The Top 7 Criteria for Cloud Wi-Fi
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: The vision of an all-wireless enterprise has been in sight for years, but it has finally come within grasping range. Cloud-managed Wi-Fi is the way to achieve the goals of a more agile enterprise at lower IT costs. Read on to learn about the top seven requirements to look for in cloud Wi-Fi.
Posted: 07 Jun 2016 | Published: 12 May 2016

Fortinet, Inc.

SDN Outside the Data Center
sponsored by Silver Peak
EGUIDE: Software-defined networking (SDN) is the next step in networking's evolution, expanding from the data center to the WAN. Read on to learn about this burgeoning technology and how it will affect your organization.
Posted: 29 Apr 2016 | Published: 25 Apr 2016

Silver Peak

What is a PDU in an Intelligent, Energy Aware Data Center?
sponsored by Raritan Inc.
EGUIDE: In this exclusive e-guide, you will learn how to make the best decisions for your data center power management, and learn why monitoring consumption is paramount. Read this expert guide to access expert tips on creating a power-conscious data center.
Posted: 08 Jan 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2015

Raritan Inc.

VLANs and Trunks
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: This paper provides technical details about VLANs and trunks, along with design options at a basic to intermediate level.
Posted: 29 Jun 2015 | Published: 11 Jun 2015

Global Knowledge

Hyper-V Replicas in Windows Server 2012
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: One of the most significant new features in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is the Hyper-V Replica (HVR) capability. Whether you are considering this for your own organization or just prepping for your Windows Server 2012 MCSA, this white paper presents the essentials of deploying this disaster recovery feature.
Posted: 03 Mar 2015 | Published: 27 Feb 2015

Global Knowledge

How We Define a Network is About to Change, Again
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you'll learn how VMware NSX changes the way that you build, manage, and secure your network.
Posted: 06 Oct 2014 | Published: 25 Sep 2014

Global Knowledge

The Packet Delivery Process: Remotely Connected Hosts
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: This white paper focuses on the packet delivery process when two devices are remotely connected, including key definitions and a detailed look at the actual process of exchanging data.
Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | Published: 29 Sep 2014

Global Knowledge

The Packet Delivery Process: Locally Connected Hosts
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: This white paper focuses on the packet delivery process when two devices are locally connected, containing definitions of key terms and a detailed look at the actual process of exchanging data.
Posted: 29 Sep 2014 | Published: 29 Sep 2014

Global Knowledge

Critical Concepts of the 200-120 CCNA Routing and Switching Exam
sponsored by Global Knowledge
WHITE PAPER: This paper reviews the major concepts covered on the Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching exam as of spring 2013.
Posted: 11 Jul 2014 | Published: 11 Jul 2014

Global Knowledge

Computer Weekly networking case studies
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
CASE STUDY: Jennifer Scott and Steve Evans discover what made the winning entries stand out from the crowd in the 2014 Computer Weekly European Awards for networking.
Posted: 14 Apr 2014 | Published: 14 Apr 2014

ComputerWeekly.com

Should You Upgrade to 802.11ac Wireless LAN?
sponsored by Rogers Communications, Inc.
EGUIDE: This e-guide discusses the questions LAN managers should ask themselves to determine if they need to upgrade to 802.11ac wireless LAN, as well as the pros and cons of doing so.
Posted: 29 Mar 2016 | Published: 25 Mar 2016

Rogers Communications, Inc.

Secure Wireless LAN for Uninterrupted Clinical Applications
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This resource presents a solution that addresses the security and performance requirements for uninterrupted clinical applications, with the least amount of administrative complexity.
Posted: 16 Feb 2016 | Published: 29 Jul 2015

Fortinet, Inc.

Networking Engineering in Extraordinary Places
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
EZINE: In this edition of the Network Evolution e-zine, find out how network locations dictate the need to adapt to new and sometimes unusual challenges.
Posted: 02 Feb 2016 | Published: 02 Feb 2016

SearchNetworking.com

What to Look for in 802.11ac Access Points
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
EBOOK: This Buyer's Essentials guide looks at essential 802.11ac features like self-configuration, backwards-compatibility with older APs, dual Gigabit-Ethernet ports for higher throughput, and ease of management.
Posted: 02 Jul 2015 | Published: 02 Jul 2015

SearchNetworking.com

Balancing wireless LAN troubleshooting strategies for BYOD
sponsored by Extreme Networks
EGUIDE: This expert E-Guide highlights the variety of tools available for proactive and responsive BYOD troubleshooting.
Posted: 10 Oct 2014 | Published: 10 Oct 2014

Extreme Networks

Campus Wired LAN Technology Design Guide
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
EGUIDE: This guide outlines strategies for designing wired network access depending on the size of an organization's environment.
Posted: 26 Jun 2014 | Published: 30 Apr 2014

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Five steps to successfully migrate to 802.11ac
sponsored by Aruba Networks
WHITE PAPER: This brief guide gives 5 guidelines to ensuring a successful migration to 802.11ac. These include auditing the current infrastructure, evaluating capacity requirements and choosing the right access points for your needs.
Posted: 16 Apr 2014 | Published: 17 May 2013

Aruba Networks

How to Handle Mobile Devices' Impact on the Network
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
EBOOK: The number and complexity of mobile devices on the enterprise network are expanding, gobbling up bandwidth from the WLAN infrastructure. This technical guide will help you prep your network for the higher capacity demands of next-stage BYOD. Learn what challenges you must overcome in the coming months.
Posted: 14 Apr 2014 | Published: 14 Apr 2014

SearchNetworking.com
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LAN DEFINITION (continued): …  area network may serve as few as two or three users (for example, in a home network) or as many as thousands of users (for example, in an FDDI network). Major local area network technologies are:  Ethernet  Token Ring  FDDI   Ethernet is by far the most commonly used LAN technology. A number of corporations use the Token Ring technology. FDDI is sometimes used as a backbone LAN interconnecting Ethernet or Token Ring LANs. Another LAN technology, ARCNET, once the most commonly installed LAN technology, is still used in the industrial automation industry.Typically, … 
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