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Wide area network is a telecommunication network that extends over a large area; it connects computers and other devices. 

Some of the advantages and disadvantages of WAN include:

ADVANTAGES: 

  1. It covers a wide range of area, usually more than 1km
  2. The data in a WAN is centralized
  3. It enables share of resources over a wide area 
  4. Increased Bandwidth 

DISADVANTAGES: 

  1. WAN is not as secured as LAN and PAN 
  2. Involves higher cost to run a WAN 
  3. Trouble shooting issues (WAN problems are difficult to pin point and require a considerable amount of time to fix)
  4. It is difficult to maintain WAN technologies.

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