Different Types of Networks

One of the best ways to expand your business, whether it’s small or large, is to join local networking groups and associations. 

By doing this, you’ll get access to people who are interested in your services, which means more potential clients and customers! If you know of other entrepreneurs who could benefit from this same kind of exposure, be sure to share this guide on the different types of networking groups out there.


With all the different types of networks available, it can be hard to choose which one is right for you. However, there are many different factors that should be taken into consideration before deciding on a network. If your profession requires constant interaction with other professionals or executives, joining a social media platform might not be your best option. 

If you're an entrepreneur and want to establish yourself in your industry as an expert in your field, then joining networking groups may suit you well. 

If you're looking for more job opportunities and want to stay updated with current events in your industry, then joining online forums might work well for you.

What is a Network?

A network is a group of people who share the same interests and are working together to achieve a common goal. A lot of people think that they need to go out there and find their own network, when really you can join an existing one. There's no point in joining a network if you're not going to put any work into it, so make sure before you sign up that this is something that appeals to you and your values. 

*What type of networks?: There are many different types of networks; here's some examples: - business networking groups  

- alumni associations  

- volunteer organizations  

- professional associations - religious communities  

- hobby groups 

- political parties - social clubs 

- sports teams or leagues - school alumni  

- faith-based community

The Different Types of Networks

It's important to think about what kind of network you want to be a part of. Some networks are more formalized, like the Chamber of Commerce or Rotary Club, and some are less formalized, like Meetup groups or Facebook groups. 

When considering the type of network you want to join, keep in mind: 

•Do you want it to be formalized? If so, how formalized? •What purpose will this group serve for you? 

•Will your personality mesh well with this group’s personality? If not, should you look for another group that better suits your needs? Should you be the one to find such a group and start one yourself?

You need to determine if the benefits outweigh any potential downsides (time commitment, financial cost). However, joining any type of network can provide numerous benefits. For example, from professional contacts to meeting new people with common interests, there are many reasons why people choose to join networking organizations. Sometimes the benefits come after attending only a few events or even after only signing up as an online member. 

It is also important to consider what types of networking opportunities are available in your area. For example, if you live on the West Coast and work in education, then LinkedIn may be appropriate for you while other social media sites may not have members who specialize in your field.

Local Area Networks (LANs)

LANs are the most common type of network. They connect computers or other devices that are close to one another, within a limited geographical area. LANs are created by installing a network switch in the home or office and connecting it to the router with an Ethernet cable. If you're not sure if you have a LAN, try plugging your computer into an Ethernet port on your router and see if you can access the Internet. If you cannot connect to the Internet, then you probably don't have a LAN. 

It is also possible for there to be wireless networks without cables so if this is the case, check for wireless networks in your area. A lot of laptops come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) technology which means they can join any open wireless network as long as they have their Wi-Fi turned on. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that some businesses provide public Wi-Fi services like coffee shops, libraries, hotels and even bars. These usually require passwords but will let you access the internet just like using any other public hotspot device such as a phone or tablet. 

The benefit of these types of networks is that you never need to purchase anything since everything is provided for you and can help save money on data plans! However, be careful because hackers might use them to attack your personal information. 

Wi-Fi: The name Wi-Fi actually stands for Wireless Fidelity. As mentioned before, it's a way to share an internet connection wirelessly between two or more electronic devices over short distances - up to 30 feet indoors and 300 feet outdoors in most cases.

Wide Area Networks (WANs)

A Wide Area Network (WAN) is a telecommunications network that covers a broad geographic area, typically across multiple countries or continents. This is in contrast to a Local Area Network (LAN), which typically covers an office building or a few city blocks. The internet is the world's largest WAN.

A wide area network can be made up of many types of connections, including fiber optic cable, telephone lines and satellite connections. These networks are often found in large businesses, universities and even hospitals. 

This type of network has very little lag time between devices because they're all connected by wires. However, this type doesn't offer much security as anyone who wants access can just plug into it with an Ethernet cable and join the Wi-Fi with their own password. They may also have restrictions on bandwidth usage depending on what you're using the connection for. 

And while they offer stability, a wider area network is more expensive than other types of networks due to its expansive nature. There are three types of wide area networks: virtual private network (VPN); frame relay; and asynchronous transfer mode. 

A virtual private network is a dedicated form of network connectivity used to securely transmit data over long distances; frame relay speeds up data transfer over phone lines so voice calls don't interfere with data transmissions; and asynchronous transfer mode provides high-bandwidth data transmission speeds over congested local phone lines.

Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs)

A metropolitan area network, or MAN, is a type of network that connects networks within a specific geographic region. A common example in the United States is the backbone network that connects all the Internet service providers (ISPs) in a city to each other. MANs are often created with the intention to share resources, such as bandwidth and data storage space, among all users connected to it. 

In this way, they allow for much greater efficiency than traditional networks that use point-to-point connections between individual computers. The benefits of using a MAN come at the cost of less redundancy, since there's only one path from any given computer to any other computer on the network. So if anything happens to disrupt that connection, say during an earthquake or natural disaster, everyone on that network will be cut off from their information and unable to communicate with others in the area. 

There are two main types of MANs: Metropolitan Area Network Service Providers (MANSP), which act as ISPs; and Metropolitan Area Network End Users (MANEU), which are businesses and homes. MANs are often built by private organizations, such as universities and hospitals, who don't want to build out their own fiber optic cable but would still like access to fast speeds.

There are also Wide Area Networks (WANs): WANs connect networks over long distances or even continents. They're typically used by companies with multiple offices spread out around the world that need to access each other's data but don't want it stored locally for security reasons.

Storage Area Networks (SANs)

Storage Area Network (SAN) is a network where data storage devices are connected to each other and to a set of servers. SANs are often used in enterprise networks, but they can also be found in small and medium-sized businesses. 

A SAN can be configured as a RAID system, which provides redundancy for data storage. One disadvantage to using SANs is that access speeds are slower than those of direct-attached storage. The main benefit of SANs is that the data stored on them can be accessed by more than one server at the same time. 

Another type of network is called Ethernet networks. Ethernet is a wired networking technology that connects different computers over cables and wires. It has been around since the 1960s, when it was created to connect personal computers within an office or company building. Ethernet operates at 100 megabits per second speed, but newer versions are capable of faster connections up to 10 gigabits per second. 

Another type of network is called wireless networks or Wi-Fi networks for short. These networks allow you to wirelessly connect your computer to the Internet via radio waves, so there's no need for any kind of cable. Wireless networks are usually very fast because there's no physical connection between your computer and the Internet. 

They're also useful if you live in a large house because you don't have to worry about running out of power while charging your laptop. And wireless networks are easy to set up, too--it doesn't matter how many walls you want to go through! However, they may not work well in rural areas due to distance from transmitters and signal interference. 

And if someone else wants to use the same frequency range as yours (e.g., 2.4 GHz), then you may experience problems connecting with your own device--they could even use your Internet connection without permission!


When you think about joining a network, it's important to know what kind of network will be best for you and your business. Here are some tips on how to choose the right one: 

- Will the company be able to help grow your business? - Will this company have the same values and beliefs as yours? - Is this company a good fit for what you're trying to do? Does it sound like something that will work for you? If so, then go ahead and join! Networking is all about expanding your horizons and meeting new people who can teach you new things. 

The worst thing that could happen is that you meet somebody who won't want to talk with you anymore when they find out what industry you're in or where their focus lies. But don't let that get in the way of making connections; at the end of the day, we're all just looking for someone who'll care about us as much as we care about them. And I hope that if you decide to take any advice from me, 

 because at the end of the day, we're all just looking for someone who'll care about us as much as we care about them. 

. And I hope that if you decide to take any advice from me, you find a network that fits you perfectly and pushes your career to new heights! However, there's no one-size-fits-all solution: It might take time to find a perfect fit for your business, but don't give up; there's always going to be somebody out there who can help you with what you need! No matter what stage your business is at now, you should always be open to joining networks. There are various types of networks that may suit different stages of growth; it's important not to stay put and wait for others to come knocking--step out and make a plan. For example, when businesses first start out, 

they may want a community filled with other entrepreneurs like themselves--a startup entrepreneur network (SEN) is ideal here!

Enterprise Private Networks (EPNs)

An EPN can be a private network that links two or more organizations, such as in the case of a university and the companies it partners with for research. EPNs can also be used to link offices within a single company, such as in the case of two different software development departments. The main goal behind an EPN is to provide secure and stable connections between people who need access to sensitive data. 

For example, a hospital may use an EPN to connect all of its medical records systems so that doctors have quick and easy access to any patient's information. However, these networks are typically difficult to join because they require expensive equipment or specialized knowledge . Most universities do not allow students on the EPN unless they are employees of one of the partner organizations. There are many benefits to joining an EPN; first, there is increased productivity because you can find what you need faster. Second, there is less down time when fixing computer problems because you have other experts available to help fix your problem. Finally, most institutions offer discounts for academic memberships which means you will save money when buying supplies or other related items like software licenses.