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Chapter 17. Networking on the Run > Understanding Remote Access

Understanding Remote Access

Although wireless technology will definitely change our options for connecting to a network from a remote location in the next few years, the asynchronous modem still serves as the typical connection device and uses the public phone lines as the communication conduit. Any desktop PC or laptop computer can be outfitted with a modem. Almost all client operating systems also provide a dial-up client that can be used to connect to a network using a modem. Millions of people use modems and dial-up clients to connect to their Internet service providers so that they can check their email and browse the World Wide Web.

For a user to be able to connect to a corporate network from a laptop (or any computer) using a modem, there has to be a computer at the company that will accept the call and allow the user to log on to the network. This type of computer is called a remote access server.


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