A LAN configuration consists of a main system that is known as the file server and the computers connected to these servers are known as work stations. The file server consists of software that generally controls the network and they can be shared by the computers in the work station. The file servers are generally more powerful that the workstation as they are the ones that controls the network. LANs are generally connected through cables that connect the interface of the network with each computer.
A LAN network may vary in size from a few computers to in a single office to many located in several buildings. A LAN may in turn be connected to a larger network also, for example a WAN or a larger LAN. When a LAN is connected to a larger network it has a signal repeater, bridges or routers that can transmits signal from the smaller network to a larger network. The technologies that are used to build a LAN network are diverse in nature. The universal components like the physical media helps to connect the device. An interface connects the computers in a network to the media. Protocols are responsible for transmitting data within a network, where as software acts as an interface between the user and the network. It interprets and helps to administer the services and the network. ...Show more