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Internetworking Technologies Handbook, Fourth Edition by Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Chapter 3. Introduction to WAN Technologies

Objectives

  • Become familiar with WAN terminology.

  • Learn about different types of WAN connections.

  • Become familiar with different types of WAN equipment.

This chapter introduces the various protocols and technologies used in wide-area network (WAN) environments. Topics summarized here include point-to-point links, circuit switching, packet switching, virtual circuits, dialup services, and WAN devices. Chapters in Part III, “WAN Protocols,” address specific technologies in more detail.

What Is a WAN?

A WAN is a data communications network that covers a relatively broad geographic area and that often uses transmission facilities provided by common carriers, such as telephone companies. WAN technologies generally ...

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