Network WAN Connections
Three options for connecting over a telephone service:
- Dial-up connections.
- Integrated Services Digital Network(ISDN) - A method of sending voice and data information on a digital phone line.
- Basic ISDN - Two 64Kbps B-channels with one 16Kbps D channel is provided. The D-channel is used for call control and setup. Basic ISDN can provide 128Kbps speed capability.
- Primary ISDN - 23 B-channels and one D channel is provided.
- Leased Lines - This involves the leasing of a permanent telephone line between two locations.
Remote Communication Protocols
- Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP) - Allows computers to connect to the internet with a modem. No error checking or data compression is supported. Only the TCP/IP protocols are supported.
- Point to Point Protocol (PPP) - Provides error checking and data compression. Also supports multiple network protocols such IPX/SPX and NetBEUI in addition to TCP/IP. Supports dynamic allocation of IP addresses.
Remote Access Service
Remote Access Service (RAS) with Windows NT allows users connecting to the network using a modem to use network resources. RAS may be called dial up networking (DUN) depending on the version of Windows you are using. The NT RAS server can handle 256 connections. Windows NT RAS servers provide the following security features:
- User account security
- Encryption between the DUN (dial up networking) client and the server
- Callback capability