In the Internet addressing architecture, a private network is a network that uses private IP address space, following the standards set by RFC 1918 and RFC 4193. These addresses are commonly used for home, office, and enterprise local area networks (LANs), when globally routable addresses are not mandatory, or are not available for the intended network applications.
- I wonder if private network and LAN are the same concept? If not, what relations do they have?
- If I am correct, the opposite concept of LAN is wide area network (WAN). What is the opposite concept of private network? "Public network"?
- Is virtual private network virtualization of private network?
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