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local area network (LAN)

a network of PERSONAL COMPUTERS used to undertake routine data processing functions in a business. Over the years these networks have become more complex and to this extent a ‘system crash’ or failure can be highly disruptive and expensive. Old-style PC networks were device-sharing facilities giving people access to a departmental printer or fax. If they went down, people could still carry on working. In modern networks, however, people use PCs to log on to the network for all their software, including word processing and databases, and to access information held on software in other departments. See INFORMATION MANAGEMENT.

local area network (LAN)

a network of computers within an organization, connected by cable or radio signals, to facilitate internal communications. Local area networks can, in turn, be interconnected through the INTERNET.
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The latest addition to SBE's LAN Adapter family will feature two ports of Gigabit Ethernet with LC fiber connectors for industry standard network connection supporting 1000 base-SX and LX.
SMC's EZ Connect(TM) 11Mbps Wireless Compact Flash card (SMC2642W) and the wired version, EZ Connect 10/100 Compact Flash LAN adapter (SMC16CF), provide high-speed 802.
The Symbol portfolio of wireless LAN products include the company's Spectrum24 High Rate Access Points, PC Cards, and the Wireless Networker, the world's first Wi-Fi certified CompactFlash wireless LAN adapter for Pocket PCs and notebook computers.
Symbol will be demonstrating its Spectrum24(R) High Rate Compact Flash wireless LAN adapter on popular Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PCs--the Casio CASSIOPEIA, Compaq iPAQ, HP Jornada--at the Las Vegas NetWorld+Interop 2001 trade show, South Hall booth# 4629.