A local area network (LAN) is
|| [a] data communication system that:
- (a) Allows an arbitrary number of independent "data devices" to communicate directly with each other; and
- (b) Is confined to a geographical area of moderate size (e.g., office building, plant, campus, warehouse).
"Typically, a LAN is owned, operated, and managed locally rather than by a common carrier. A LAN usually, through a common network operating system, connects servers, workstations, printers, and mass storage devices, enabling users to share the resources and functionality provided by a LAN."
- ↑ Unified Capabilities, Framework 2013, App. C, at C-10 (full-text).
- ↑ NIST Special Publication 800-82, at B-5.
- ↑ U.S. Export Administration Regulations, Part 772 (15 C.F.R. §772.1).
- ↑ FIPS 191, at 6.
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