ERIC Number: ED291371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Personal Computer Networks.
This report develops a model of a personal computer network for office use from the standpoint of the end user. A network designed for personal computers is differentiated from personal computers which must be attached to an existing communications system. Three types of the latter networks are discussed: (1) networks which connect personal computers to personal computers, personal computers to computer centers, and personal computers to bulletin boards by means of public and private telephone systems; (2) networks which connect personal computers to computer centers by means of direct wire in the same manner that terminals are directly connected to computer centers; and (3) networks which connect personal computers to networks designed for large computers. Each personal computer network type is compared, according to level of service provided, to a model which embodies the needs and expectations of personal computer users. The generic types of service used for the comparison include file and print service; mail; messaging and conferencing; login; remote task execution; outside communication; and network configuration. A discussion of options available to those who have an immediate need for a personal computer network is also presented. The text is supplemented with 8 tables and 11 figures, and a list of 27 references is provided. (Author/EW)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Information Networks, Microcomputers, Network Analysis, Office Automation, Office Management, Teleconferencing, Telephone Communications Systems
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC. Inst. for Computer Sciences and Technology.
Note: One in a series of reports on Computer Science and Technology.