"Networking currently is taught at many places, and the majority
of hands-on learning is done with local area networks (LANs). Even
though wide area networks (WANs) are commonly used, course work
typically is limited to theory, and students receive little or no
practical experience using them. Reasons for this include the high
cost of deploying and maintaining a WAN, the lack of WAN test
equipment that runs on PC hardware and the impracticality of
maintaining commercial data lines for strictly experimental
"One product available for overcoming the obstacles in creating
WAN labs is the Educational WAN Toolkit from Sangoma Technologies
Corp. Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto is
one educational center that is using this toolkit to successfully
increase the number of WAN labs available for student use..."
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