LAN, Local Area Network, is used to connect a group of networked devices to allow communication between them where as VLAN, Virtual LAN is used to enhance performance of multiple LANs.
Following are the important differences between LAN and VLAN.
|1||Definition||LAN stands for Local Area Network.||VLAN stands for Virtual Local Area Network.|
|2||Cost||LAN Cost is high.||VLAN Cost is low.|
|3||Latency||LAN latency is high.||VLAN latency is low.|
|4||Devices||Hubs, Routers and Switches are part of LAN.||Bridge and Switches are part of VLAN.|
|5||Packet Broadcasting||In LAN, packet are broadcast to each device.||In VLAN, packets are sent to a specific broadcast domain.|
|6||Efficiency||LAN is less efficient than VLAN.||VLAN is more efficient than LAN.|