Wide Area Networking is the art of connecting two networks that are not
networkable by conventional Local Area Networking means(ethernet and token
ring). As that standard definition is fairly nebulous, there are many
options available, ranging from standard T1s(1.544Mbps) to Multi- Megabit
Wireless Radio(2-10Mbps) to SONET fiber optic rings(155+Mbps-- Not Yet Available).
When you connect your network to the Internet, you should consider
protecting your network from the ravages of the Internet. The best way to
do this is to purchase a firewall for your network. A firewall allows your
network to retrieve data from the Internet, but at the same time, prevents
the Internet from retrieving data from machines on your network. More
information on firewalls can be found on our Firewall Homepage.
If you wish to connect multiple office networks to the Internet, and share
data between them, you should consider installing a Virtual Private
Network(VPN). A VPN encrypts all data from one office and tunnels it
through the Internet to the other office, where it is decrypted and
forwarded to the destination. Our COMSEC Firewall can be optionally
configured to act as a node on a VPN, encrypting all data sent to the other
nodes in the VPN.
If you have any questions, please call us at 1.717.249.7270 or write us at