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There exist several contemporary standards for defining a network type. These are a standard of the OSI model. Several of these are newspeak, but still good to know.
|LAN||Local Area Network||A Network consisting of computers all connected to a central switch. Has three use-specific subsets.|
|HAN||Home-area Network||A subset of LAN, for home networks|
|SAN||Storage-area Network||A subset of LAN, for storage.|
|WLAN||Wireless Local-area Network||A subset of LAN, running on Wireless Networking.|
|WAN||Wide-area Network||A LAN connected to another LAN by some means. An early example of this is UUCP|
|PAN||Personal Area Network||A newer term meaning a network of devices on your own person. For example, a Smart Phone connecting to a Bluetooth headset and a Smart Watch.|
|BAN||Body-area Network||A variant PAN to specify body-wearable computing|
|NAN||Near-me Area Network||Wireless communication network with nearby computers|
|MAN||Metropolis Area Network||You know how some small towns have created Wi-Fi networks you can connect to for a small fee you pay to your City Hall? This is what that's called.|
|CAN||Campus Area Network||Like MAN, but by your University for use on the campus.|
|IAN||Internet-area Network||Perhaps the most Newspeak, this simply means computers connected over the newspeak term "The Cloud" and has little real meaning whatsoever.|