Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)
What is Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)?
A Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is a network that spans a metropolitan area, such as a city or a region. It is typically used to connect devices that are located within a single metropolitan area, such as hospitals or universities.
MANs are larger than local area networks (LANs), but smaller than wide area networks (WANs). They are designed to provide high-speed connectivity over a larger area than a LAN, but not as large as a WAN.
MANs can be connected using a variety of technologies, including wired technologies such as Ethernet and wireless technologies such as WiMAX. They are typically owned and operated by a single organization or consortium of organizations, and they are used to connect devices that are located within a single metropolitan area.
Some examples of the types of devices that may be connected to a MAN include:
- Storage devices
- Network devices (such as routers and switches)
MANs are an important tool for connecting devices within a single metropolitan area, and they are widely used in businesses, schools, and other organizations.