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Linux Journal: Studying Wide Area Networks in the Classroom

Nov 13, 2002, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ralph Krause)

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"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 purposes.

"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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