Wide Area Networkcomputing dictionary

<networking> (WAN) A network, usually constructed with serial lines, extending over distances greater than one kilometre.

Compare: local area network, metropolitan area network.

Acronym: WAN

(01 Mar 1994)

wide area networkeducation dictionary

<technology> A system of local area networks connected together over distance via cables and possibly radiowaves as part of a wireless connection.

See: local area network

Acronym: WAN

(10 Mar 2006)