|Remote LAN Access
Jeffrey N. Fritz
1996 | 300 pages
If you're a networking professional looking to connect your corporate network to remote locations anywhere in the world, this book is for you! If you're a manager, engineer, technician or consultant responsible for providing remote connectivity to corporate networks for branch offices, telecommuters, and travelers, this book is for you! Remote LAN Access will help you cut through the haze typically encountered when designing and installing remote LAN connections.
The author says...
"I wrote Remote LAN Access because accessing the Internet and corporate LANs is so important these days. It is also one of the most confusing issues for people wishing connectivity today. There are so many alternatives: modems, cable modems, 56K modems, ISDN, ADSL. Which one is best? Which require you to be a technologist to use? Remote LAN Access will help you decide what is the most sensible way to connect and give you the information you need to get the connectivity in place. If you want to be connected, or need to connect others, this book will be a real help to you."
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK...
"...provides guidance and insight by focusing...on what matters in
meeting the worker's connectivity needs...Remote LAN Access is
a valuable resource. It provides solid guidance and insight to both
the network administrator and the interested telecommuter."
--Gerry Hopkins, author, The ISDN Literacy Book
"Jeff's book is very thorough and covers the large topic of remote LAN access in a way that is useful to a manager in a medium- to large-sized organization."
--Sal Salamone, Editor, Byte Magazine
"...provides many useful insights into the world of ISDN...gives telephone companies a customer's view of ISDN. It also provides a useful roadmap for new ISDN users... Congratulations on this achievement!"
--John Seazholtz, VP, Network Technologies, Bell Atlantic
"I like the author's writing style and the content is exactly what the audience wants. The level of detail on ISDN seems exactly right."
--Craig Wiesner, LAN/WAN Specialist, WKMN Training
ABOUT THE AUTHOR...
Jeffrey N. Fritz is a telecommunications engineer for West Virginia University's Telecommunications and Network Services Department where he played a key role in the implementation of ISDN. He is responsible for new technology development for WINnet, the university's enterprise network. A holder of a master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Mr. Fritz is Chair Emeritus of the North American ISDN User's Forum Enterprise Network Data Interconnectivity Family. He is the author of Sensible ISDN Data Applications, published by West Virginia University Press.
One sample chapter is available for download.Chapter 1
ForewordIn his starring role as "Popeye," Robin Williams at one point is confronted with a particularly perplexing situation. Looking off-camera, he mutters under his breath, "I ain't no fizzy-kist, but I knows what matters." Jeff Fritz is no physicist either, but he knows what matters, particularly when it comes to remotely accessing Local Area Networks (LANs).
In his role as an early adopter and implementer of Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Jeff has been there and done that. Since 1988, his goal has been to provide enhanced network access for students, faculty and staff at West Virginia University. He has emphasized the deployment of ISDN and related technologies to achieve that end. That's why it is so helpful to read Jeff's book and benefit from his experiences and hardships. Adding Jeff's knowledge and experiences to our own, we find ourselves much more capable in our own attempts to provide remote access to or from those LANs and networks to which we have interest, and we do have interest in remotely accessing LANs.
High on the list for many readers is the desire to access commercial Internet service providers. Increasingly, Internet service providers furnish remote access to their networks, via strange-sounding protocols like PPP or Multilink PPP. They do this whether using ISDN or traditional modems.
Also high on the list for many of us is an interest in telecommuting. We are interested because we want, or need, to work from our homes. Telecommuting is a very liberating and addictive thing. Personally, I would not want to be without the ISDN line that connects my house to my workplace. Remotely accessing my corporate network allows me to get electronic mail, share files, and generally do nearly everything from home that I can do when I am at the office.
Even within our own enterprises, we find that both the organization and the supporting information technology systems have been re-engineered from functional to process-oriented. This requires most of us to work in ad hoc teams with people of various disciplines that are at times unpredictable and often over widely scattered locations. Here again, remote LAN access becomes critical to productivity.
It is easy to see that remote LAN access does more than provide basic connectivity to the office. Through it, not only can we access corporate information -services, but we can also exchange information with distant colleagues, attend international meetings, and generally stay abreast of whatever knowledge we need to do our jobs. Importantly, we have access to the information we want without ever leaving the comfort and convenience of our study or den.
As I said, telecommuting is a very enabling technology. However, it takes understanding and commitment from both the corporate and home-user sides to make telecommuting successful, or even possible. Ironically, better communications in the office often sets up dissonance when an individual is not able to access the corporate LAN. Perhaps that person is traveling, at home, or at a remote site that is not directly connected to the enterprise LAN. Although it might be extremely valuable for the remote worker to have network connectivity, the mysteries surrounding connection to remote networks often prevent the worker from connecting.
This book provides guidance and insight by focusing, in an understandable yet relaxed manner, on the things that matter in meeting the worker's connectivity needs. That is why Remote LAN Access is such a valuable resource. It provides solid remote LAN access guidance and insight to the network administrator, as well as to the interested telecommuter. Jeff's explanations help us understand what is happening, how to achieve success, and how to avoid problems. They also help networkers deal with the complex and often overwhelming issues involved in connecting their networks to remote locations.
Wisely, Jeff has avoided focusing on vendor-specific details. The reader will, of course, consult current technical journals, seminars, vendor literature, and other sources of vendor-equipment details. Instead, Jeff focuses on the practical aspects of remote LAN access. Having read this book, readers will be able to fit their need for network access into a specific framework of understanding. They will have the tools to apply what they have learned to particular implementations and equipment.
On a personal note, I have known and worked with Jeff for almost five years. He has led the group in the National ISDN Users' Forum dealing with the issue of remote access to LANs. He is one of the drivers in the process of promoting interoperability between different vendors' ISDN network devices. Jeff has worked at making the ISDN-industrial complex aware of the need to provide equipment and services to support remote access to LANs. Early on, his was a small voice steadfastly telling the telecommunications industry that ISDN was more than just a voice service. Somehow, miraculously, that tiny voice was heard. So, next time you connect remotely to a LAN, you might think about Jeff Fritz and others like him who worked long and hard to bring the enterprise network to your doorstep.
I hope you enjoy the book and profit from it, as I have.
Gerry Hopkins, Author
The ISDN Literacy Book, 1995 (Addison-Wesley)