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Thread: connecting to an outside net

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2001

    connecting to an outside net

    alright, i'm going to sound like a lamer, but that's what newbies are for, right? i was stuck on the fact that someone from, say my house could access a network that wasn't on the internet (well maybe not the internet but a place without a website so to speak)like NASA or some other network. how does this work? do you just get their IP and just connect to it? this is something i'm not getting

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002

    Post Many ways

    Well so to speak, a kazillion ways to connect to a private network. Here are just a few of the common ones.

    1. Dial-up via PPP, Slip, VPN, DUN etc....
    2. VPN Via the Internet....
    3. Password protected website....
    4. Hidden directory....
    5. Remote FTP....
    6. Password protected hidden IP....
    7. Telnet....
    8. BBS (for us old timers)....
    9. Dial-up BBS....

    Many, many, many ways to connect. Thats why network security is so important. Just think of your house as a computer. You use the front door most of the time, the back door less. Then you have maybe a garage door, windows, even a pet door. So you have many ways in and depending on the persistance of the would be intruder they will find a way in. Maybe through a crawl space under the porch. A computer or network is the same way. Ports are the windows, doors and such. A firewall, good ruleset, permisions, and caution is your burglar alarm and locks. So you protect it like you protect your home.
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