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Personal Area Network (PAN)


Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) is the set of transmission technologies used by a person for interconnecting devices they use in a home, in a workplace, in the car, in the gym, or in a mobile setting. Typically, a wireless personal area network uses one or more technologies that permit communication within about 10 meters - in other words, a very short range. One such technology is Bluetooth, which is the basis for IEEE 802.15. A PAN could interconnect all the ordinary computing and communications devices that many people have on their desk or carry with them today - or it could serve a more specialized purpose such as allowing the surgeon and other team members to communicate during an operation. (Adapted from

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