What are WAN Devices ?

By | 9th November 2015

There are specially designed network devices that are used to interconnect LANs. Configuring, installing and maintenance of this devices requires expert skills by skilled technicians for the management of the organization’s network. These devices are specific to WAN environment, and they are:

Modems enables digital data to be sent over an analog medium during transmission and receiving of information
A voice band modem converts the digital signals produced by a computer – the 1s and 0s- into voice frequencies that can be transmitted over the analog lines of the telephone network. On the other side of the connection, another modem converts the sounds back into a digital signal for input to a computer or network connection

Channel Service Unit / Data Service Unit CSU/DSU are combined piece of equipment used for monitoring clocking and frame synchronization on a line. It also performs error detection at the physical layer, It could be called a Modem sort of.

Access server

Concentrates dial-in and dial-out user communications. An access server may have a mixture of analog and digital interfaces and support hundreds of simultaneous users.

WAN Switch

A multi-port internetworking device used in carrier networks. These devices typically switch traffic such as ATM, and operate at the Data Link layer of the OSI reference model. Public switched telephone network switches may also be used within the cloud for circuit-switched connections like Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) or analog dial-up.


A Router Provides internetworking between the LANs, and WAN access interface ports that are used to connect to the service provider network. These interfaces may be serial connections or other WAN interfaces. With some types of WAN interfaces, an external device such as a DSU/CSU or modem (Analogue, Cable, or DSL) is required to connect the router to the local point of presence (POP) of the service provider.

Core Router

A router that resides within the middle or backbone of the WAN rather than at its periphery. To fulfill this role, a router must be able to support multiple telecommunications interfaces of the highest speed in use in the WAN core, and it must have the ability to forward IP packets at full speed on all of those interfaces. The router must also support the routing protocols being used in the core

Cabling Network Devices

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