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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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Ekahau Wi-Fi Design Infographic
sponsored by Ekahau
RESEARCH CONTENT: This resource includes design considerations, best practices, and tips & tricks for high performance Wi-Fi.
Posted: 09 Jun 2017 | Published: 28 Feb 2017

Ekahau

Handbook of Campus LAN Switches
sponsored by TechTarget
RESOURCE: In our new Campus LAN Switch Manual, we provide an overview of campus LAN switches, the criteria you should use when evaluating switches, and then a glimpse at leading campus LAN switch vendors to help make your decision easier.
Posted: 05 Jun 2017 | Published: 05 Jun 2017

TOPICS:  LAN
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POL Makes for a More Advanced Enterprise Network
sponsored by Nokia
WHITE PAPER: This paper outlines the key elements of an enterprise passive optical LAN and explains why it is a great enterprise network option for tomorrow's digital enterprise.
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

Nokia

Passive Optical LAN vs. Copper-based Ethernet LAN
sponsored by Nokia
WHITE PAPER: This paper presents the value of an enterprise passive optical LAN based on a Bell Labs economic analysis, and compares the benefits of an optical network compared to traditional copper-based Ethernet architectures.
Posted: 14 Apr 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

Nokia

Passive Optical LAN: What you're missing out on
sponsored by Nokia
WHITE PAPER: In this resource, learn why many companies are letting their copper-based LANs corrode and upgrading to fiber-based LANs.
Posted: 13 Apr 2017 | Published: 31 Mar 2016

Nokia

Environment Canterbury Benefits from a New LAN
sponsored by Nokia
CASE STUDY: In this case study, learn how Environment Canterbury found a vendor to install a passive optical LAN that exceeded bandwidth needs.
Posted: 13 Apr 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

Nokia

Enhance Your Business Performance with Passive Optical LAN
sponsored by Nokia
VIDEO: Many companies are ditching their copper-based LAN for a passive optical LAN (POL) to meet today's networking requirements. In this short video, learn how POL outperforms archaic LAN tech.
Posted: 12 Apr 2017 | Premiered: 07 Dec 2016

Nokia

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

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

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.

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

Buyer's Guide: What To Look For In 802.11ac Access Points
sponsored by SearchNetworking.com
EBOOK: Many enterprises are looking to upgrade their wireless LAN access points (APs) to Gigabit Wi-Fi 802.11ac standards. This essential buyer's guide explores 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

The Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture Enables Business Transformation
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: This brief white paper focuses on the 3 forces that are driving the need for the evolution of the overall enterprise network and presents a solution that transforms the network to provide unmatched levels of openness and programmability.
Posted: 08 Apr 2014 | Published: 30 Nov 2013

Cisco

Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture: An Automated, Application-Aware Foundation for the Modern Enterprise
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to take your first step toward an adaptable network platform –this enterprise network architecture provides the open, programmable, and application-aware foundation you need for today's mobile and cloud-connected world.
Posted: 08 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

Cisco

Right-Size Your Network Without Compromise
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: This white paper introduces a WAN solution that allows organizations to transition from premium WAN bandwidth to more affordable internet transport, without sacrificing compliance or user experience.
Posted: 07 Apr 2014 | Published: 07 Apr 2014

Cisco

Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture: An Automated, Application-Aware Foundation for the Modern Enterprise
sponsored by Cisco
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to take your first step toward an adaptable network platform –this enterprise network architecture provides the open, programmable, and application-aware foundation you need for today's mobile and cloud-connected world.
Posted: 07 Apr 2014 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

Cisco
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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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