A local area network (LAN) is a computer network that interconnects computers within a limited area such as a home, school, computer laboratory, or office building, using network media.
LAN Advantages: • Workstations can share peripheral devices like printers. This is cheaper than buying a printer for every workstations. • Workstations do not necessarily need their own hard disk or CD-ROM drives which make them cheaper to buy than stand-alone PCs. • User can save their work centrally on the network’s file server. This means that they can retrieve their work from any workstation on the network. • They don’t need to go back to the same workstation all the time. • Users can communicate with each other and transfer data between workstations very easily. • One copy of each application package such as a word processor, spreadsheet etc. can be loaded onto the file and shared by all users. • When a new version comes out, it only has to be loaded onto the server instead of onto every workstation.
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