(1) A system that transmits any combination of voice, video and/or data between users. The network includes the network operating system in the client and server machines, the cables connecting them and all supporting hardware in between such as bridges, routers and switches. In wireless systems, antennas and towers are also part of the network.|
Almost all local networks (LANs) in offices and homes are Ethernet networks, which conform to the IEEE's 802.11 specification. The wireless version of Ethernet is commonly known as "Wi-Fi." See 802.11, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, LAN, WAN, client, server, enterprise networking and communications.
(2) Any arrangement of elements that are interconnected. See network database.