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March 22, 1999

O'Reilly Publishes PPP Help for Network Administrators

SEBASTOPOL, CA--In the last decade, the Internet has grown from a network that connected a few universities and research centers to a network that links almost every business and household in the country. That expansion occurred for many reasons. But the technological advance that facilitated this growth was an obscure protocol called PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol).

"Without PPP, much of the online access that we now take for granted would be impossible," explains O'Reilly editor Mike Loukides, "However, although configuring network connections has become increasingly easy and automatic for home users, the underlying technology is far from trivial. Many things can go wrong in the process of setting up and establishing a working connection. Andrew Sun's new book, Using & Managing PPP helps network administrators understand how to use PPP effectively, so that they can keep their networks running smoothly.

PPP isn't talked about as much as TCP and IP, but it plays a crucial role in extending networks into remote locations. The Point-to-Point Protocol enables telephone lines and other point-to-point connections to carry Internet traffic. It's the protocol that establishes and maintains the connection between your home and an Internet service provider.

This just-released book provides in-depth coverage of PPP for network administrators and others who are involved in the care and maintenance of PPP connections. It provides a thorough introduction to how PPP works, which will help you to diagnose and troubleshoot problems. It discusses in detail how to set up dial-in and dial-out PPP on the most important platforms, including Windows, Linux, and Solaris. Whether you're a sophisticated user responsible for your own connection, or a network administrator providing dial-up services for hundreds of remote users, you'll find this book an essential addition to your library.

For more information, including Table of Contents and index see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/umppp/

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Using & Managing PPP
By Andrew Sun
1st Edition March 1999 (US)
1-56592-321-9, 444 pages, $32.95 (US$)

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