wide area network (WAN)

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Data and voice communication network that extends beyond the geographical limitations of a local area network (LAN). In a typical configuration, a WAN consists of several LANs at dispersed locations interconnected via gateways over leased or dedicated telephone and/or wireless links. Airline- and hotel reservation services comprise of WANs, and the internet is the world's largest WAN. Intranets, extranets, and virtual private networks are all WANs simulated over internet connections.

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You should try to have a vast wide area network so that you can always have many options of where to take your product.
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The wide area network was a useful tool in connecting our company's intranet to the outside world which helped contribute to our success.
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I was glad we could go further and still use the internet because we were in a wide area network that allowed it.
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