A campus network is a computer network that services multiple buildings within a single geographical area. The following are illustrative examples.
School CampusColleges and universities were early innovators in networks with many schools having large networks before the commercialization of the internet in the 1990s. As such, the term campus network originates with school networks that connect buildings such as administrative buildings, residences, libraries, athletic facilities, academic buildings and research labs.
OfficesNetworks that connect multiple offices that may span dozens of geographically distributed buildings in a single city. This may be achieved with by leasing dedicated lines that connect multiple local area networks. Networks that connect offices in multiple cities are generally considered a wide area network.
FacilitiesIt is common for industrial sites such as factories to connect multiple buildings and infrastructure components with a campus network.
NotesCampus network is the category of network that lies between a local area network that services a single location and a wide area network services locations across a large geographical area.
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