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WMAN - Outdoor Long Range Wireless Solutions

A Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is a network that interconnects users with computer resources in a geographic area or region larger than a large Local Area Network (LAN) but smaller than a Wide Area Network (WAN). The term is applied to the interconnection of networks in a city into a single larger network (which may then also offer efficient connection to a wide area network). It is also used to mean the interconnection of several local area networks by bridging them with backbone lines. The latter usage is also sometimes referred to as a campus network .

Examples of WMANs of various sizes can be found in the metropolitan areas of London, England; Lodz, Poland and Geneva, Switzerland. Large universities also sometimes use the term to describe their networks.

WMAN Usage Categories

Point to Point
Point to MultiPoint
Mesh Networks
Point to Point   Point to MultiPoint   Mesh Networks
Point-To-Point is a direct line between a sending and receiving device. Each communication line in this network has only one client on it. A point-to-point connection can be found in both LAN's and WAN's.
Point-To-MultiPoint is when several devices share a single communication line. Multipoint lines are commonly used in LANs and some types of WANs.
A Mesh Network is a network topology in which devices are connected with many redundant interconnections between network nodes. In a true mesh topology every node has a connection to every other node in the network.
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