Campus Area Network (CAN)
Definition - What does Campus Area Network (CAN) mean?
A campus area network (CAN) is a network of multiple interconnected local area networks (LAN) in a limited geographical area. A CAN is smaller than a wide area network (WAN) or metropolitan area network (MAN).
A CAN is also known as a corporate area network (CAN).
Techopedia explains Campus Area Network (CAN)
In most cases, CANs own shared network devices and data exchange media.
CAN benefits are as follows:
- Wireless, versus cable
- Multidepartmental network access
- Single shared data transfer rate (DTR)
The following are examples of CAN implementations:
- Stanford University's SUNet network
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Project Athena
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