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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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For a copy of the NOP World Technology survey report, entitled "2003 Wireless LAN Benefits Study," visit http://newsroom.
Creating a Wireless LAN with better utilization across different applications is the right move for companies today," said Rachna Ahlawat, Principal Analyst, Gartner Inc.
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In fact, Intel recently announced its intention to incorporate wireless LAN capabilities into the forthcoming Banias mobile platform, which will drive wireless LAN integration in new mobile PCs.
In 2001, there were more than 70 vendors offering wireless LAN equipment, and more vendors are still entering the market.
The TANDBERG 1000 is one of the sleekest videoconferencing products around, and the wireless LAN support gives the product a unique capability that fits well with its main market thrust - small meeting rooms, executive offices and portable situations," states Andrew W.
The TANDBERG 1000 runs on wireless LAN compatible with the IEEE 802.
LAN continues to maintain a solid financial position, with ample liquidity and a sound financing structure.
LAN added capacity to respond to continued strength in northbound routes and higher, although decelerating, demand on southbound routes.
Uncertainty regarding the direction of fuel costs remains an important risk for Lan.
The fourth quarter is usually the strongest for LAN Cargo given the seasonality of most South American exports.
In July, Airline Business Magazine presented LAN with its Marketing Strategy Award for its success in developing a network across Latin America through the LAN alliance concept.