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  1. Introduction
  2. Network Topology
  3. Hardware Connections
  4. TCP/IP Ports and Addresses
  5. Network Protocol Levels
  6. Data Link Layer and IEEE
  7. Network Protocol Categories
  8. Repeaters, Bridges, Routers
  9. ARP and RARP Address Translation
  10. Basic Addressing
  11. IP (Network)
  12. TCP (Transport)
  13. UDP (Transport)
  14. ICMP
  15. Hardware Cabling
  16. Wireless media
  17. Outside Connections
  18. Ethernet
  19. Token Ring
  20. ARCnet
  21. AppleTalk
  22. FDDI
  23. IPX/SPX
  24. NetBEUI
  25. AppleTalk
  26. SNA
  27. Others
  28. Simple Routing
  29. More Complex Routing
  30. IP Masquerading
  31. Firewalls
  32. Domain Name Service (DNS)
  33. Virtual Private Networking
  34. DHCP
  35. BOOTP
  36. RPC and NFS
  37. Broadcasting and Multicasting
  38. IGMP
  39. Dynamic Routing Protocols
  40. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
  41. Simple Network Management Protocol
  42. Network Services
  43. Installing Drivers
  44. Network Operating Systems
  45. Applications
  46. Wide Area Networks
  47. Backing up the network
  48. Fault Tolerance
  49. Troubleshooting
  50. Commonly used Network Ports
  51. Networking Terms and Definitions
  52. Networking RFCs and Protocols
  53. Further Reading
  54. Credits

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:

  1. User account security
  2. Encryption between the DUN (dial up networking) client and the server
  3. Callback capability

The client software is called Dial up networking (DUN) in windows NT4 and Windows95. For NT 3.51 and Windows 3.1 it is called a RAS client. These clients may be used to connect to the internet through an internet service provider (ISP).