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Chapter 28. Setting Up Windows 98 for Ne... > What's New in Windows 98 Networking

What's New in Windows 98 Networking

Windows 98 boasts a large number of new networking features and enhancements. Here's a summary:

Novell NetWare 4.x client: Windows 98 includes the full client for NetWare 4.x, including client support Novell Directory Services. I show you how to install and configure this client later in this chapter.

NDIS 5 and ATM support: Windows 98 supports the NDIS 5 network interface, which means Windows 98 can work with Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) network adapters, as well as LAN Emulation (LANE) over ATM.

Distributed Common Object Model (DCOM): DCOM extends the Common Object Model (see Chapter 19, “Sharing Data in Windows 98: The Clipboard and OLE”) so that component-based applications can communicate across a network.

32-Bit Data Link Control (DLC): Windows 98 includes the 32-bit DLC protocol for accessing IBM mainframe and AS/400 computers. Although I don't discuss the DLC protocol in this book, I show you how to install network protocols later in this chapter.

Dial-Up Networking enhancements: Windows 98 incorporates several new Dial-Up Networking features, including an improved properties sheet, hands-free dial-up, support for scripting, and the ability to set up a Windows 98 machine as a dial-up server. I cover all of this in Chapter 30, “Remote Computing with Dial-Up Networking.”

ISDN 1.1 Accelerator Pack: Windows 98 bundles the ISDN Accelerator pack, which enables Dial-Up Networking to work with an ISDN adapter card.

Virtual Private Networking and PPTP: Windows 98 supports the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), which enables you to establish an extended private network (called a Virtual Private Network) over a public network such as the Internet.

Multilink Bandwidth Aggregation: This is a communications feature that enables Windows 98 to combine the bandwidth from multiple lines into a single, larger, pipe.

TCP/IP improvements: The Windows 98 TCP/IP stack boasts a number of enhancements, including support for Autonet Addressing, TCP large windows, Selective Acknowledgements, Fast Retransmission, and Fast Recovery.

Windows Sockets (WinSock) 2: This is an update to the WinSock 1.1 support found in Windows 98. WinSock 2 implements a protocol-independent interface, which means it can work with protocols other than TCP/IP. It also utilizes protocol-independent name resolution, so it works not only with DNS, but also with domains such as SAP and X.500.

Resource ReSerVation Protocol (RSVP): This is a new networking protocol that Microsoft has proposed as an Internet standard. It's used to guarantee a particular level of transmission service by reserving in advance the network resources required by the transmission.



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