How To Find The Right WAN Solution
What is WAN
A wide area network (WAN) is a computer network that spans across great distances typically a region or country. They can be used to transmit data to connect separate network structures together. WAN's can be connect local area networks by physical circuits or through packet switching as a virtual connection.
While WAN's are often private networks to retain information in a single company or business, they can also be set up by an internet service provider to connect a customer's local area network to the internet. Unlike its counterpart, Local Area Network (LAN), wide area networks allow for much larger and more intricate networks. They can cover a large amount of distance.
Ethernet WAN, also known as wide area Ethernet (WAE) is high speed layer 2 delivery of WAN. This a more cost effective solution to provide WAN service as a virtual connection rather than leased circuits connecting locations. The main benefits to this application of WAN is that Ethernet is becoming the standard and is widely used eliminating custom interfacing on routers. Also, connectivity speed is much higher on Ethernet than traditional WAN.
Things To Consider
A WAN should only occur in large environments. This is a great option as you are connecting from house to house, city to city and/or country to country. The internet is a great example of WAN.
WAN does tend to have slower speeds than a LAN due to the length of the network. It is typically much more expensive as well, especially if it is a private WAN. The connection tends to be harder to set up and there are a lot of different ways they can be set up.
Not sure what type of network to use? Contact FreedomFire Communications for a free consultation on how they can assist you with your WAN network requirements.