What is a LAN port?
A LAN port, also known as a LAN port connector, network port or jack, is a socket used to connect computers, servers, video game consoles and other devices to the internet. They’re located on the back of network devices and are used solely to establish a wired, as opposed to wireless, internet connection.
LAN stands for Local Area Network. A LAN is just a collection of devices connected over a short distance, compared to Wide Area Networks (WANs) and Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), which connect devices located at considerable distances from each other.
The term LAN port gets its name from the port's use in LANs, such as home networks, school and office building networks.
A LAN port is also known as an Ethernet port. Both terms refer to exactly the same socket on computers, servers, modems, Wi-Fi routers, switches or other network devices.
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