Overview of a Personal Area Network (PAN)

A personal area network (PAN) is a computer network organized around an individual for personal use only. They typically involve a computer, phone, printer, tablet, or some other device like a PDA.

You can use these networks to transfer files, including email, calendar appointments, photos, and music. If you do the transfers wirelessly — for example, using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth — it’s technically called a WPAN, which is a wireless personal area network.

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Technologies Used to Build a PAN

Personal area networks can be wireless or constructed with cables. USB and FireWire often link together a wired PAN, while WPANs typically use Bluetooth (and are called piconets) or sometimes infrared connections.

An example of a WPAN is using a Bluetooth keyboard you’ve connected to a tablet to control the interface for a nearby smart light bulb.

A printer in a small office or home that

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