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Local area network

A local area network (LAN) is a computer network that interconnects computers within a limited area such as a home, school, computer laboratory, or office building, using network media.[1] The defining characteristics of LANs, in contrast to wide area networks (WANs), include their smaller geographic area, and non-inclusion of leased telecommunication lines.

ARCNET, Token Ring and other technology standards have been used in the past, but Ethernet over twisted pair cbridge Ring]] was developed at Cambridge University in 1974[2] but was never developed into a successful commercial product.

Ethernet was developed at Xerox PARC in 1973–1975,[3] and filed as U.S. Patent 4,063,220. In 1976, after the system was deployed at PARC, Metcalfe and Boggs published a seminal paper, "Ethernet: Distributed Packet-Switching for Local Computer Networks."[4]

ARCNET was developed by Datapoint Corporation in 1976 and announced in 1977.[5] It had the first commercial installation in December 1977 at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.[6]

Contents

  • Standards evolution 1
  • Name 2
    • Synonyms 2.1
  • References 3
  • History 4
    • Cabling 4.1
    • Wireless 4.2
  • Technical aspects 5
  • History 6
    • Standards evolution 6.1
    • Cabling 6.2
    • Wireless 6.3
  • Technical aspects 7
  • Name 8
    • Synonyms 8.1
  • References 9

Standards evolution

The development and proliferation of personal computers using the CP/M operating system in the late 1970s, and later DOS-based systems starting in 1981, meant that many sites grew to dozens or even hundreds of computers. The initial driving force for networking was generally to share storage and printers, which were both expensive at the time. There was much enthusiasm for the concept and for several years, from about 1983 onward, computer industry pundits would regularly declare the coming year to be “the year of the LAN”.[8][9] gave a good indication of the situation.

[[CamJ&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=%E2%80%9Cthe+year+of+the+LAN%E2%80%9D+bogus&source=bl&ots=hGEgb2Ekvc&sig=y6XBt_XvpiQlq-kmVwUSRoYUCe8&hl=en&ei=6YlnTcCmNIjksQP9-tymBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false "'The Year of The LAN' is a long-standing joke, and I freely admit to being the comedian that first declared it in 1982..."], Robert Metcalfe, InfoWorld Dec 27, 1993[10][11]

In practice, the concept was marred by proliferation of incompatible physical layer and network protocol implementations, and a plethora of methods of sharing resources. Typically, each vendor would have its own type of network card, cabling, protocol, and network operating system. A solution appeared with the advent of Novell NetWare which provided even-handed support for dozens of competing card/cable types, and a much more sophisticated operating system than most of its competitors. Netware dominated[12] the personal computer LAN business from early after its introduction in 1983 until the mid-1990s when Microsoft introduced Windows NT Advanced Server and Windows for Workgroups.

Of the competitors to NetWare, only Banyan Vines had comparable technical strengths, but Banyan never gained a secure base. Microsoft and 3Com worked together to create a simple network operating system which formed the base of 3Com's 3+Share, Microsoft's LAN Manager and IBM's LAN Server - but none of these was particularly successful.

During the same period, Unix computer workstations from vendors such as Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Graphics, Intergraph, NeXT and Apollo were using TCP/IP based networking. Although this market segment is now much reduced, the technologies developed in this area continue to be influential on the Internet and in both Linux and Apple Mac OS X networking—and the TCP/IP protocol has now almost completely replaced IPX, AppleTalk, NBF, and other protocols used by the early PC LANs.

Cabling

Early LAN cabling had generally been based on various grades of coaxial cable. Shielded twisted pair was used in IBM's Token Ring LAN implementation, but in 1984, StarLAN showed the potential of simple unshielded twisted pair by using Cat3 cable—the same simple cable used for telephone systems. This led to the development of 10Base-T (and its successors) and structured cabling which is still the basis of most commercial LANs today.

Fiber-optic cabling is common for links between switches, but fiber to the desktop is uncommon.

Wireless

As well as traditional cabling, many LANs are now based partly or wholly on wireless technologies. Almost all of today's smartphoness, tablets and laptops have wireless support built-in so a wireless local area network, or WLAN, gives users the ability to move around within a local coverage area and still be connected to the network. Wireless networks have become popular in domestic homes due to ease of installation, and in commercial complexes to offer easy network access to their staff. Visiting guest are often offered internet access via a hotspot service.

Technical aspects

Network topology describes the layout of interconnections between devices and network segments. At the Data Link Layer and Physical Layer, a wide variety of LAN topologies have been used, including ring, bus, mesh and star, but the most common LAN topology in use today is switched Ethernet. At the higher layers, the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) has become the standard, replacing NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, AppleTalk and others.

Simple LANs generally consist of

A local area network (LAN) is a computer network that interconnects computers within a limited area such as a home, school, computer laboratory, or office building, using network media.[13] The defining characteristics of LANs, in contrast to wide area networks (WANs), include their smaller geographic area, and non-inclusion of leased telecommunication lines.

ARCNET, Token Ring and other technology standards have been used in the past, but Ethernet over twisted pair cabling, and Wi-Fi are the two most common technologies currently used to build LANs.

History

A conceptual diagram of a local area network using 10BASE5 Ethernet

The increasing demand and use of computers in universities and research labs in the late 1960s generated the need to provide high-speed interconnections between computer systems. A 1970 report from the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory detailing the growth of their "Octopus" network[14][15] gave a good indication of the situation.

Cambridge Ring was developed at Cambridge University in 1974[16] but was never developed into a successful commercial product.

Ethernet was developed at Xerox PARC in 1973–1975,[17] and filed as U.S. Patent 4,063,220. In 1976, after the system was deployed at PARC, Metcalfe and Boggs published a seminal paper, "Ethernet: Distributed Packet-Switching for Local Computer Networks."[18]

ARCNET was developed by Datapoint Corporation in 1976 and announced in 1977.[19] It had the first commercial installation in December 1977 at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.[20]

Standards evolution

The development and proliferation of personal computers using the CP/M operating system in the late 1970s, and later DOS-based systems starting in 1981, meant that many sites grew to dozens or even hundreds of computers. The initial driving force for networking was generally to share storage and printers, which were both expensive at the time. There was much enthusiasm for the concept and for several years, from about 1983 onward, computer industry pundits would regularly declare the coming year to be “the year of the LAN”.[21][22][23]

In practice, the concept was marred by proliferation of incompatible physical layer and network protocol implementations, and a plethora of methods of sharing resources. Typically, each vendor would have its own type of network card, cabling, protocol, and network operating system. A solution appeared with the advent of Novell NetWare which provided even-handed support for dozens of competing card/cable types, and a much more sophisticated operating system than most of its competitors. Netware dominated[24] the personal computer LAN business from early after its introduction in 1983 until the mid-1990s when Microsoft introduced Windows NT Advanced Server and Windows for Workgroups.

Of the competitors to NetWare, only Banyan Vines had comparable technical strengths, but Banyan never gained a secure base. Microsoft and 3Com worked together to create a simple network operating system which formed the base of 3Com's 3+Share, Microsoft's LAN Manager and IBM's LAN Server - but none of these was particularly successful.

During the same period, Unix computer workstations from vendors such as Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Graphics, Intergraph, NeXT and Apollo were using TCP/IP based networking. Although this market segment is now much reduced, the technologies developed in this area continue to be influential on the Internet and in both Linux and Apple Mac OS X networking—and the TCP/IP protocol has now almost completely replaced IPX, AppleTalk, NBF, and other protocols used by the early PC LANs.

Cabling

Early LAN cabling had generally been based on various grades of coaxial cable. Shielded twisted pair was used in IBM's Token Ring LAN implementation, but in 1984, StarLAN showed the potential of simple unshielded twisted pair by using Cat3 cable—the same simple cable used for telephone systems. This led to the development of 10Base-T (and its successors) and structured cabling which is still the basis of most commercial LANs today.

Fiber-optic cabling is common for links between switches, but fiber to the desktop is uncommon.

Wireless

As well as traditional cabling, many LANs are now based partly or wholly on wireless technologies. Almost all of today's smartphoness, tablets and laptops have wireless support built-in so a wireless local area network, or WLAN, gives users the ability to move around within a local coverage area and still be connected to the network. Wireless networks have become popular in domestic homes due to ease of installation, and in commercial complexes to offer easy network access to their staff. Visiting guest are often offered internet access via a hotspot service.

Technical aspects

Network topology describes the layout of interconnections between devices and network segments. At the Data Link Layer and Physical Layer, a wide variety of LAN topologies have been used, including ring, bus, mesh and star, but the most common LAN topology in use today is switched Ethernet. At the higher layers, the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) has become the standard, replacing NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, AppleTalk and others.

Simple LANs generally consist of == Taxonavigation == Species: Local area network

Name

Local area network (Diakonoff & Arita, 1976)

Type locality: Japan, Honshu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Ikawa, Dainichitoge.

Holotype: ZLMU. female. genitalia slide YA no. 144. 27.VII.1975. Y. Arita.

Synonyms

References

  • Brown, J.W., 2005, World catalogue of insects volume 5 Tortricidae
  • Diakonoff, A. & Arita, Y., 1976: New and old species of Glyphipterigidae and a new species of Acrolepiidae from Japan and the Far East (Lepidoptera). Zoologische Mededelingen 50 (12): 179-219.
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