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LAN (plural LANs)

  1. (computing) acronym for "Local Area Network", as contrasted with a WAN, or Wide Area Network. An interconnection of computers that are in relatively close proximity to each other, such as within a building.
    A LAN connects all of the computers in our office.
  2. (computing) A network on which all devices communicate using OSI model device layer addressing; (Internet) A network on which all communication is delivered by way of MAC address. A network which is not routed.

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