Welcome to WAN-sim.net ! This is THE online spot to learn more about Wide Area Network and WAN simulators. This type of simulators render the real experience of a Wide Area Network, but over a Local Area Network environment. This is useful during an application development and testing stage, because applications can be tested and then develop in an emulated environment that is just as the one where they will be operating.
As you might know Local Area Network and Wide Area Network were the original area networks. Later on, others such as WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network), MAN (Metropolitan Area Network), PAN (Personal Area Network) and DAN (Desk area Network), began to appear. LAN connects devices in a network over relatively short distances, it operates in a confine or limited environment, and typically are own by a person or organization. WAN on the other hand, operates over large distances and are not own by a single organization. The largest WAN in the world is the Internet. What we know as Internet is no more that a complex and geographically dispersed series of LANs and WANs. So, as we can see, WAN is a computer network type of technology that is use to transmit different kinds of data over long physical distances.
Developers create and develop their applications on a LAN but most of the time this applications are intended to be access by client over a WAN. This is where a simulator comes into the game. Imitating issues like packet loss, packet corruption, disconnections, jitter and network delay, a WAN simulator provides development teams with the necessary toolkit to test and improve their network applications in a LAN environment. This one of the reasons why WAN Simulators are so useful, because you can conduct LAN-to-WAN transition experiments with real-like results, without have to take the real risk.
At WAN-sim.net we will let you know what to look for in a WAN simulator, as well as detail information regarding this type of network area. Just remember than when developing or testing a application you want to look for an simulator that faces your application with as much "real life" problems as it would in the simulated environment, the future and success depends on it.
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