Re: Intranet Definition

Subject: Re: Intranet Definition
From: Mark Merkow <Mark -dot- Merkow -at- AEXP -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 14:16:35 -0700

On Tuesday, Oct 22, Janet Valade wrote:

The University campus network is connected to the
intercampus network. The intercampus network is connected to the
Internet. What part of this do you call an intranet? I would have
called the campus network a WAN and the network in a specific building
a LAN. Is the campus network an intranet? Or the network connecting
several campuses? Or the two together?

Janet Valade
jvalade -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com

The entire campus network is considered a LAN. If it were connected to say a
campus across town it would be considered
a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). If it were connected to campuses across the
country or the world, it would then
be considered a Wide Area Network (WAN).

What distinguishes an intranet from the Internet is the presence of a firewall
that keeps non-trusted requests for
services from penetrating the network. For a complete discussion on intranets,
please visit my articles archive at:
<> It's about a third of the way down the
page. Once you get into the archive,
the article is entitled, "Intranets: Prepare Your Company For The 21st Century"

Hope you find it useful...

With warmest regards,

Mark Merkow
Project Specialist
Interactive Services - Internet Team
American Express Company
Phoenix, Arizona

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