Support for RAS Servers
The Dial-Up Networking client software is included with Windows 98. You can use this RAS client to dial into one of several types of RAS servers using a variety of protocols, including NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IP. The following sections describe the types of RAS servers to which you can connect using Windows 98, and explores some of the advantages and limitations of each one.
Windows 98 includes Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), which enables you to establish a security network connection to a PPTP server across the Internet.
Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking Server
The Dial-Up Networking server for Windows 98 is included on the Windows 98 CD and can be added easily through the Control Panel. This Dial-Up Networking server enables you to use your Windows 98 workstation as a RAS server, which enables other users to dial into your computer to access its resources and to access your LAN. The Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking server enables only one dial-in connection at a time. The Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking server supports NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IP protocols for dial-in clients, but does not support IP routing or PPTP. Clients that dial in using TCP/IP, therefore, can access only the resources shared by the dial-up server, but not other resources on the LAN to which the server is connected. These clients can gain LAN access by running the NetBEUI or IPX/SPX protocols, in place of or in conjunction with TCP/IP.
The Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking server provides a limited capability to monitor and administer the server through system policies. If you use a Windows NT RAS server instead, you can administer the server remotely through a dial-up connection or LAN connection.
The Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking server supports the following clients:
Windows NT 3.5x / 4.x RAS Server
The Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking client supports connection to a Windows NT Server or Windows NT Workstation version 3.5x or later RAS server. These servers use the standard PPP protocol, enabling Windows 98 and other PPP-capable clients to connect through the RAS server. PPP is the default protocol used by the Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking client.
Unlike the Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking server, a Windows NT RAS server can support up to 256 simultaneous connections.
Windows NT 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 RAS Server
The Dial-Up Networking client in Windows 98 can connect to a Windows NT 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11 RAS server. These servers use the RAS asynchronous NetBEUI protocol, which Windows 98 supports. In addition, clients that run Windows for Workgroups 3.11 or Windows NT 3.1 can use their RAS clients to connect to a Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking server.
Novell NetWare Connect
Novell NetWare Connect is a proprietary NetWare RAS server. The Windows 98 dial-up client can connect to a NetWare Connect RAS server to access NetWare servers on the remote LAN. To access NetWare servers remotely, however, you must run a NetWare client, such as Client for NetWare Networks, which is included with Windows 98.
SLIP, which stands for Serial Line Interface Protocol, is the standard dial-in protocol many UNIX systems use. SLIP enables you to dial into a TCP/IP-based network served by a UNIX dial-up server running TCP/IP. Your client also must be running TCP/IP.