Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Short for Wireless Personal Area Network, WPAN is a local network designed to transmit data between PCs (personal computers), PDAs (personal digital assistants) and phones. Bluetooth and IrDA are the most common protocols used to create a WPAN with a transmission range of up to a few meters. Essentially any device with Bluetooth or IrDA can be connected to a WPAN.


A WPAN can be hooked up to another network or the Internet, if needed.

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