The full form of PAN is: PERSONAL AREA NETWORK
What is the meaning of PAN in computers?
A personal area network is a network of interconnecting electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, printers) or computers which is accessible to an individual.
This network is centred only to an individual’s workspace and is available within a range of 10 metres.
This network is very efficient in terms of speed and flexibility.
What are the types of personal area network?
There are two types of PAN: Wireless PAN and Wired PAN
1. Wireless PAN
Wireless PAN is a network of devices connected to each other with the help of signals i.e. no wires are involved in data transmission.
Example: Bluetooth Devices, Zigbee, Infrared, Firewire etc.
Our smartphone is also a wireless device which transfers data using bluetooth, mobile network, wifi etc.
2. Wired PAN
Wired PAN is a network of devices connected to each other with the help of cords or wires.
Example: USB, landline, router etc.
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What is the difference between PAN and LAN?
PAN is mostly centred around an individual whereas LAN can be used to cover a whole building by many people.
Following are the difference between PAN and LAN:
Range: PAN works for very short ranges(10m-100m). LAN works in ranges of about 300m and the range can be increased to several kilometres.
Speed: The speed of PAN ranges from few kbps to few mbps. The speed of LAN is higher than PAN and ranges from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps.
Usage: PAN is generally used for wearable devices for example smartwatches. LAN is generally used by organizations to provide internet access to many people and hosts thousands of servers.