Difference between LAN and MAN

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LAN and MAN are types of network.

LAN - Local Area Network

A Local Area Network (LAN) is a private network that connects computers and devices within a limited area like a residence, an office, a building or a campus. On a small scale, LANs are used to connect personal computers to printers. However, LANs can also extend to a few kilometers when used by companies, where a large number of computers share a variety of resources like hardware (e.g. printers, scanners, audiovisual devices etc), software (e.g. application programs) and data.

MAN - Metropolitan Area Network

A Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is a larger network than LAN. It often covers multiple cities or towns. It is quiet expensive and a single organization may not have own it.

Following are the important differences between LAN and MAN.

1DefinitionLAN stands for Local Area Network.MAN stands for Metropolitan Area Network.
2OwnershipLAN is often owned by private organizations.MAN ownership can be private or public.
3SpeedLAN speed is quiet high.MAN speed is lower than that of LAN.
4DelayNetwork Propagation Delay is short in LAN.Network Propagation Delay is average in MAN.
5CongestionLAN has low congestion as compared to MAN.MAN has moderate congestion than LAN.
6Fault ToleranceFault Tolerance of LAN is higher than MAN.Fault Tolerance of MAN is lower than LAN.
7MaintenanceDesigning and maintaining LAN is easy and less costly than MAN.Designing and maintaining MAN is complex and more costly than LAN.
Published on 26-Nov-2019 15:43:23