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Difference between LAN and WLAN
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 08 Nov, 2019

A network consists of two or more computers that are linked in order to share all form of resources including communication.

Both LAN and WLAN networks are interrelated and share moreover common characteristics.

Let’s discuss about LAN and WLAN:

LANWLAN
LAN stands for Local Area Network.WLAN stands for Wireless Local Area Network.
LAN connections include both wired and wireless connections.WLAN connections are completely wireless.
LAN network is a collection of computers or other such network devices in a particular location that are connected together by communication elements or network elements.WLAN network is a collection of computers or other such network devices in a particular location that are connected together wirelessly by communication elements or network elements.
LAN is free from external attacks like interruption of signals, cyber criminal attacks and so on.Whereas, WLAN is vulnerable to external attacks.
LAN in secure.WLAN is not secure.
LAN network has lost its popularity due to the arrival of latest wireless networks.WLAN is popular.
Wired LAN needs physical access like connecting the wires to the switches or routers.Work on connecting wires to the switches and routers are neglected.
In LAN, devices are connected locally with Ethernet cable.For WLAN Ethernet cable is not necessary.
Mobility limited.Outstanding mobility.
It may or may not vary with external factors like environment and quality of cables.It varies due to external factors like environment and quality of cables. Most of the external factors affect the signal transmission.
LAN is less expensive.WLAN is more expensive.
Example: Computers connected in a college.Example: Laptops, cellphones, tablets connected to a wireless router or hotspot.

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