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WAN Concepts

Chapter Description

What is the purpose of a WAN? In this sample chapter from Connecting Networks v6 Companion Guide, explore how wide-area networks (WANs) operate, what services are available, the differences between private and public WAN technologies, and more.

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Objectives

Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of a WAN?

  • How do WANs operate?

  • What WAN services are available?

  • What are the differences between private WAN technologies?

  • What are the differences between public WAN technologies?

  • What is the appropriate WAN protocol and service for a specific network requirement?

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