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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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Meru's Wireless LAN System includes the Meru Access Point, a standards-compliant 802.
Our technology goes well beyond today's common wireless LAN architecture of stand-alone access points, as well as the emerging centralized, 'switch'-and-dumb-access-point concept," said Ujjal Kohli, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of Meru Networks.
In 2001, there were more than 70 vendors offering wireless LAN equipment, and more vendors are still entering the market.
By 2005, apart from mobile PC vendors offering bundled or integrated wireless LAN, we do not expect there to be more than 6 or 7 significant adapter vendors.
North America is the largest region for wireless LAN shipments, as it's projected to account for 63 percent of shipments in 2002.
TANDBERG will demonstrate the TANDBERG 1000 with the wireless LAN capability for the first time at TeleCon 2001 in Anaheim, Calif.
LAN incorporated eight new Airbus 319 into its fleet during 3Q06, four of them during the month of August and four in September, destined for the domestic operations of Lan Peru.
Consistent positive results and a solid balance sheet have enabled LAN to continue advancing on a number of long-term initiatives.
As a result of its strong cash generation LAN has continued to improve its financial condition.
LAN has taken advantage of its positive performance, healthy financial condition and well-positioned brand to continue developing its operations.
LAN added capacity on international routes as demand on key international points of sales -such as Chile, Argentina and the United States- continued to recover.
LAN Cargo responded to these conditions by adjusting its schedules and enhancing its operations with wet-leased aircraft.