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What part of this do you call an intranet?
The campus network. The intercampus network, providing they all are part of
the same university. An intranet can be a LAN. An intranet can be a WAN.
There's no linkage between LAN/WAN and intranet. An intranet is simply a
collection of computers that communicate with each other, typically but not
necessarily using the TCP/IP protocol, within a specific logical entity such
as a campus, a corporation, or even a department within a corporation. The most
common entities spoken of in this context are corporations (in your case,
the university would be an equivalent entity).
I would add to Arlen's definition that the intranet is more of a concept -
you run an intranet over a LAN or WAN, using its servers. An intranet
serves a group of users by centralizing access to information. Often the
information is accessed like the Internet, by using a web browser. The
information is provided in HTML format. An intranet is an extension of the
"groupware" concept, except that by using Internet technology, you avoid
being corralled into a single vendor's application (do you hear that Netscape?).
I think that intranets are an exciting way to distribute information across
a company - and that technical writers should be jumping in now. Intranets
represent our future in delivering information to our "customers".
Enserch Energy Services, Inc.
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