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Chapter 18. Using Dial-Up Networking > Tips on Working with a Dialed-In Connect...

Tips on Working with a Dialed-In Connection

No matter how fast your modem is, or how fast a telephone line is that you're connected to, it's slow when compared to using files on your own computer or on a server to which your computer is attached by cable. However, there are a few rules you can follow that make everything more productive.

If you dial in to send or fetch a file, that's a good use of a dial-up connection. However, dialing in to run software from another machine is not generally a good idea, because it's neither productive nor safe. Accessing and using a database from a remote computer is an exercise in frustration. Your screen changes are slow, and it takes time to send your data back to the remote machine. These slow responses aren't just your problem because most of the time your snail-like processing affects all the cabled-in users of that software. This is not a great way to make friends. Of course, if you have an ISDN line most of the speed problems go away.


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