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  • Last Updated : 22 Dec, 2020

1. Campus Area Network (CAN) :
Campus Area Network (CAN) is a group of interconnected Local Area Networks (LAN) within a limited geographical area like school campus, university campus, military bases, or organizational campuses and corporate buildings etc. A Campus Area Network is larger than Local Area Network but smaller than Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN).

2. Wide Area Network (WAN) :
WAN covers the large area than LAN as well as MAN such as: Country/Continent etc. WAN is expensive and should or might not be owned by one organization. PSTN or Satellite medium are used for wide area network.

Difference between CAN and WAN :

1.CAN stands for Campus Area Network.WAN stands for Wide Area Network.
2.Connects two or more LANs within a campus.Connects geographically separated LANs.
3.It covers a privately-owned campus with an area of 5 to 10 KM.Spans large geographical area more than 100 KM.
4.The data transmission rate is variable.The data transmission rate is from 64Kbps to 150 Mbps.
5.It is Expensive then LAN.It is Most Expensive.
6.It doesn’t use the ITU standard.It Uses the ITU standard.
7.The networking devices such as a hub, switch, Bridge, and gateway are used.The networking devices such as a hub, switch, Bridge, and gateway are used.
8.It contains Less congestion compare WAN.It contains Most congestion network compared to CAN.

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