ERIC Number: ED262832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Planning for the Administrative Microcomputer Local Area Network.
Rohr, Theodore; Devoti, Bart
An overview is provided of the methods used by the Forest Park campus of St. Louis Community College (SLCC) to plan and develop a local area network (LAN) for administrative microcomputers. The first three sections provide brief descriptions of the SLCC District, SLCC, and the Forest Park campus. Section IV looks at the organization of administrative data processing (ADP) on the campus and the functions of the committee established at the college to provide a plan for the growth of ADP. Next, section V lists the major accomplishments of the ADP committee. Section VI sets forth the definition and purpose of LANs as continually interconnected systems of computers and peripherals serving a small geographic area within one organization, which permits the users to share data, programs, and services. In section VII, network elements are identified (e.g., microcomputers, topology, network transmission medium, and network interface card). In section VIII, the advantages of an LAN are specified, including resource sharing, hardware interconnectability, improved data handling, rapid data transfer, and added value services. Section IX presents a series of questions to be considered in determining the need for an LAN, while section X identifies issues related to the process of developing specifications for an LAN (e.g., the physical configuration of the system, expansion requirements, network interconnect requirements, data transfer rates, performance requirements, redundancy in cabling, and warranty and maintenance agreements). Final purchasing questions, cautions, and concerns about the long-term future of the LAN are presented in the concluding sections. (EJV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference of the League for Innovation (12th, Phoenix, AZ, October 6-9, 1985).