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Wide Area Networks
  • A comprehensive multimode network connecting large numbers of computer and terminals spread over a large geographical area. (Source: Information Security: Dictionary of Concepts, Standards and Terms; Longley, Shain, Caelli; Macmillan, 1992) 2. A network which ranges from a few kilometers to thousands of kilometers and handles transmission speeds from a few kilobits/second to megabits/second. ref: 2. (b) A computer network that uses high-speed, long distance communications networks or satellites to connect computers over distances greater than (one or two miles) traversed by local area networks. (QCUS+Pf-90)