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  • local area network (LAN) Data communications network in a clearly defined geographical location, and extending no more than a few miles in length. It generally takes in an office building or group of buildings, a campus or the like, offering many nodes and connecting...
  • fiber optics The use of thin flexible glass or plastic fibers as wave guides – or ‘light pipes’— to channel light from one location to another. Fiber optics is based off of the principle of total internal reflection (TIR). Light enters...
  • optical communications The transmission and reception of information by optical devices and sensors.
  • metropolitan area network (MAN) A cable backbone used to interconnect local area networks at various sites (corporate offices and factories, for example) in a given region. Optical fiber is well-suited to the transmission of both data and voice over such a network.
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