Optic Network

A fiber optic network is a network, such as a WAN or LAN, where devices and network components are connected by fiber optic cable.

Examples of an optic network include:

  • LANs - Local Area Networks are computer networks covering a small area, such as a building. They can be connected to other LANs. With LANs there is a limit on the number of users, but the upside is that they have very high data transfer rates.
  • MANs - Metropolitan Area Networks are high-speed networks designed for cities. MANs are larger than LANs, but smaller than WANs.
  • WANs - Wide Area Networks cover a large geographic area and are comprised of two or more LANs. The largest WAN is the Internet.

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