Still Components Of a Network
You Guessed it, By Kyle Hofberg
Advantages of WAN
Covers a large geographical area so long distance businesses can connect on the one network
Shares software and resources with connecting workstations
Messages can be sent very quickly to anyone else on the network. These messages can have pictures, sounds, or data included with them (called attachments).
Expensive things (such as printers or phone lines to the internet) can be shared by all the computers on the network without having to buy a different peripheral for each computer.
Everyone on the network can use the same data. This avoids problems where some users may have older information than others.
Share information/files over a larger area
large network cover
Disadvantages of WAN
Are expensive and generally slow
Need a good firewall to restrict outsiders from entering and disrupting the network
Setting up a network can be an expensive and complicated experience. The bigger the network the more expensive it is.
Security is a real issue when many different people have the ability to use information from other computers. Protection against hackers and viruses adds more complexity and expense.
Once set up, maintaining a network is a full-time job which requires network supervisors and technicians to be employed.
Information may not meet local needs or interests
Vulnerable to hackers or other outside threats.