The most common type of local area network is an EthernetLAN. The smallest home LAN can have exactly two computers; a largeLAN can accommodate many thousands of computers. Many LANs aredivided into logical groups called subnets. An Internet Protocol (IP)"Class A" LAN can in theory accommodate more than 16 milliondevices organized into subnets.
WAN - Wide Area Network Definition:
spans a large geographic area, such as a state, province or country. WANs often connect multiple smaller networks,such as local area networks (LANs) or metro area networks (MANs). Asthe term implies, a
spans a large physical distance. The Internet isthe largest WAN, spanning the Earth.A WAN is a geographically-dispersed collection of LANs. A network device called arouter connects LANs to a WAN. In IP networking, therouter maintains both a LAN address and a WAN address.