Metropolitan Area Network


Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is a network that connects Network devices in a geographic area or region larger than that covered by even a large Local Area Network (LAN) but smaller than the area covered by a Wide Area Network (WAN).

Metropolitan Area Network is optimized for a larger geographical area than is a Local Area Network, ranging from several blocks of buildings to entire cities. As with Local Area Network, Metropolitan Area Networks can also depend on communications channels of moderate-to-high data rates.

A MAN might be owned and operated by a single organization, but it usually will be used by many individuals and organizations. MANs might also be owned and operated as public utilities. They will often provide means for internetworking of Local Area Networks.

Metropolitan Area Network was defined in IEEE 802.6 but the Working Group is listed as "disbanded"

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