Intranets: Connecting LANs To The Internet


The internet isn’t the only computer network: private computer networks have existed for years. Most large organizations have local area networks (LANs), networks of computers connected by cables, usually in one building or campus, that allow their computers to share files, printers, e-mail and other resources. But the amazing growth of the internet has changed the way users look at LANs. A new kind of LAN has emerged – the intranet – that allows people to access information within the organization by suing web browsers and other internet programs. This tutorial defines intranets, explains what components make up an intranet, and lists the general steps for creating an intranet. This tutorial also describes programs that you can use to connect a small LAN (for example, a few networked computers at home or in a small office) to the internet. [Read more…]