Virtual Private Network

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Virtual Private Network

Also called a VPN. A computer network connecting the main office of a company to its regional offices, and sometimes to individuals using the network remotely. Until the 1990s, a VPN was a dial-up connection or a network set up especially for the company. Since then, most VPNs simply use the Internet.
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With Bell Atlantic's Transparent LAN Services, companies can connect multiple data networks, or LANs, enabling employees in separate offices to instantly communicate with one another and share applications such as e-mail, databases, archives and images.
Bell Atlantic's Transparent LAN Services support 10 megabits per second Ethernet and 16 Mbps Token Ring LANs.
In keeping with this commitment, Transparent LAN Services are virtually "plug and play," meaning they connect directly into a customer's LAN using an extension device that Bell Atlantic will install at the customer's location.
Beyond the enterprise, LAN switches are finding use in such applications as the transparent LAN services provided by incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers, as well as DSL (digital subscriber line) access concentration, and Web hosting and collocation facility management.
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