local area network


Definition of local area network

: a network of personal computers in a small area (such as an office) for sharing resources (such as a printer) or exchanging data

called also LAN

Examples of local area network in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the devices, intended to remain on local area networks, become exposed to the public Internet, perhaps unintentionally through misconfigurations, that's when problems arise. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "‘Security’ Cameras Are Dry Powder for Hackers. Here’s Why," 19 Sep. 2019 Basically, Oppo devices will be able to create ad hoc local area networks across a wide area and communicate directly to each other without the need for base stations. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Oppo’s MeshTalk lets you call and chat without Wi-Fi or cellular networks," 26 June 2019 The standards are organized into groups; IEEE 802 covers all local area network standards. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Wi-Fi branding to get a lot simpler with upcoming “Wi-Fi 6”," 3 Oct. 2018 Dial-up Wide-Area Network Game Operation—service, which launched in 1994, though the most popular (and most fun) way of playing was to have a LAN (local area network) party in which players tethered their computers and blasted away at each other. The Strong Museum Of Play, Ars Technica, "The original Doom, one of 64 Objects that shaped video game history," 2 June 2018 So in addition to the radio network backbone, Cisco and Dimension Data installed wired local area networks at each of the reserve's four vehicle gates. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers," 6 June 2018 For the first time, researchers have exploited the Rowhammer memory-chip weakness using nothing more than network packets sent over a local area network. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Packets over a LAN are all it takes to trigger serious Rowhammer bit flips," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of local area network

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Local area network.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/local%20area%20network. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of local area network

computers : a network that allows the computers in a small area (such as an office) to share equipment (such as printers) and data

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Kids Definition of local area network

: a computer network that covers a small area (as an office building or a home)

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