Do you need a LAN WAN or something else to connect your business?
A LAN, or Local Area Network is a private computer network that connects computers in small physical areas such as a single building or a business, university, or hospital campus. A WAN, or Wide Area Network, is a network that connects computers in different geographical locations over the public Internet.
Sometimes LANs and WANs are used together. An example is a state university with multiple campuses. At each campus, a LAN may connect all the computers in all the buildings, and a WAN might be employed to connect each of those campuses to one another.
While each has a distinct application, there are pros and cons that should be considered. By nature, a LAN offers faster data transfer speeds and better security because the network is private. LANs are often less expensive to operate; have fewer reliability issues, and require less costly equipment, where a WAN is superior in its ability to connect over large geographic areas.
OTELCO SiteLink is a product that provides the best of both LAN WAN worlds.
SiteLink offers the geographic benefits of a WAN with the speed and security of a LAN, by replacing the public Internet with OTELCO’s private network to securely connect multiple geographic locations for individual businesses and institutions.
SiteLink in Practice
- An OTELCO SiteLink deployment for a major Maine financial institution with multiple locations. As one might guess, sensitive personal and financial information sharing is a primary function of any financial institution. SiteLink provides fast, reliable, and secure connectivity between multiple branches, allowing the company to provide seamless service to its customers.
- A non-profit social services agency, also in Maine, shares sensitive client information between 17 locations. Again, SiteLink delivers a secure communication path for all locations.
With the help of our Sales Engineer, Dan Baker, we have prepared a comprehensive comparison matrix between LAN WAN and OTELCO SiteLink, and it’s free!