Computer Networks


WANs

From http://www.learnthenet.com/english/html/04connec.htm.

Wide Area Networks (WANs) - connect hardware devices in locations at great distances from each other.

Store-and-forward packet switching protocol means information goes from source to destination as a packet of information; the number of packets (of fixed size) needed depends on the size of the message. At destination, packets are reassembled to recreate the original message.

From: http://www.howstuffworks.com/router.htm?printable=1

Special devices called routers in WANs use complex algorithms to determine shortest path between nodes for packet transmission.

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