A Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is a type of computer network that spans across a metropolitan area or a large geographical area, typically covering a city or a region. It is designed to interconnect various local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs) to enable communication and data exchange between different locations within the metropolitan area.

Examples of MAN

Some examples of Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) include:

  1. Cable TV Networks: Many cable TV networks also offer internet services to their subscribers, creating a MAN that covers a specific metropolitan area.
  2. Educational Institutions: Universities, colleges, and research institutions often have their own MANs to interconnect their campuses and facilities spread across a metropolitan area.
  3. City-Wide Wi-Fi Networks: Some cities have established their own Wi-Fi networks to provide internet access to residents and businesses, creating a MAN that covers the entire city.
  4. Public Transportation Networks: Some metropolitan areas have implemented MANs to provide internet connectivity on public transportation networks such as buses and trains.

Advantages of MAN

Disadvantages of MAN