(also wireless personal area network, short wireless distance network)
A personal network that wirelessly connects the user’s devices together in their living or work space. WPANs usually only have a short range, covering an area up to a few dozen meters. Devices linked in a WPAN can communicate with each other and access other networks, including the internet.
WPANs are often used to link peripheral devices like printers, smart phones, or home appliances. WPANs can also be used to connect nearby computers without using a wired connection or Wi-Fi.
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