Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Remote Access Server Helps Graduate Students Avoid Traffic

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Remote Access Server Helps Graduate Students Avoid Traffic

Article excerpt

California State University-Northridge is primarily a commuter college with significant traffic congestion and parking problems on campus during the day. Often, students find themselves searching for parking simply to pick up or drop off assignments.

Internet access with e-mail is available to CSUN students who request it. With this account, they can send e-mail to instructors but cannot access school file servers to retrieve material.

To help students accomplish more work off-campus, computing officials turned to a new tool, the QuickStream/3, a three-port remote access server that provides access to network resources over standard telephone lines at speeds up to 115.2 Kbps. The product comes from Sonic Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif.

Quick Installation

Aside from some initial configuration ration details, the QuickStream/3 requires no support from the university's network services department. Dr. Vicki Sharp, who teaches a graduate course on integrating computers into the curriculum, has assumed the role of administrator, adding and deleting users as needed.

A single Macintosh residing in the CSUN computer lab acts as a file server for Sharp's course work. Students log onto the server, copy completed assignments into the instructor's drop box and pick up new assignments and graded work from their individual drop boxes without ever leaving home or their office.

Since QuickStream uses PPP for remote network connections, users can connect from any Macintosh, Windows, OS/2 or UNIX computer. The product includes an unlimited license for SonicPPP client software for the Mac, enabling remote access to AppleTalk resources (file servers, printers) as well as Ethernet-based TCP/IP services (e-mail, ftp). …

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