Metropolitan area network

A metropolitan area network (MAN) is a computer network that interconnects users with computer resources in a geographic area or region larger than that covered by even a large local area network (LAN) but smaller than the area covered by a wide area network (WAN). The term MAN is applied to the interconnection of networks in a city into a single larger network which may then also offer efficient connection to a wide area network. The term is also used to describe the interconnection of several local area networks in a metropolitan area through the use of point-to-point connections between them .[1][2] It has a range of 5 to 50 kilometres. MAN networks are often used to unite multiple smaller LAN networks and their range suffices for an entire city or university campus. MANs often take the role of a high speed network that allows for the sharing of regional resources

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  1. ^ IEEE Std 802-2002, IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks: Overview and Architecture, page 1, section 1.2: "Key Concepts", "basic technologies"
  2. ^ Kenneth C. Laudan; Jane P. Laudon (2001). Management Information Systems: Managing the Digital Firm (10th ed.).