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Part VI: Unleashing Windows 98 Communica... > Remote Computing with Dial-Up Networ...

Chapter 30. Remote Computing with Dial-Up Networking

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Far folks fare well.

English proverb

The networking techniques you've seen so far have assumed some kind of physical connection between machines. For standard peer-to-peer and client/server networks, the computers use a network card/cable package to connect to each other either directly or indirectly via a hub or router. For a Direct Cable Connection mini-network, two computers are joined at the hip via a null-modem or LapLink-style cable attached to their serial or parallel ports (or possibly via an infrared hookup).

What do you do, however, when a physical connection just isn't possible? For example, suppose that you're on the road with your notebook computer and need to access a file on your network server. Or suppose that you're working at home and need to send a file to your office machine. Is there any way to access a network in the absence of a physical connection? The answer is that for these remote predicaments, you can connect to a network and use its resources just as you can with a physical connection (albeit more slowly). The solution is Windows 98's Dial-Up Networking client. With Dial-Up Networking, you can establish a connection and log on to a network over phone lines by using your modem. This chapter shows you how to configure and use Dial-Up Networking, how to use Microsoft Mail with a remote connection, how to create scripts for automatic logons, how to set up your Windows 98 machine to be a Dial-Up Networking server, and more. (Note that you also use Dial-Up Networking to establish a dial-up connection to an Internet Service Provider. I'll show you how this works in Chapter 32, “Windows 98 and the Internet.”)


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