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Internet Frequently Asked Questions

* Definitions provided on this page were taken from http://whatis.techtarget.com/

1. What is DHCP?*

DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) is a communications protocol that lets network administrators manage centrally and automate the assignment of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in an organization's network. Using the Internet Protocol, each machine that can connect to the Internet needs a unique IP address. When an organization sets up its computer users with a connection to the Internet, an IP address must be assigned to each machine. Without DHCP, the IP address must be entered manually at each computer and, if computers move to another location in another part of the network, a new IP address must be entered. DHCP lets a network administrator supervise and distribute IP addresses from a central point and automatically sends a new IP address when a computer is plugged into a different place in the network.

2. What is a NIC Card?*

A network interface card (NIC) is a computer circuit board or card that is installed in a computer so that it can be connected to a network. Personal computers and workstations on a local area network (LAN) typically contain a network interface card specifically designed for the LAN transmission technology, such as Ethernet or Token Ring. Network interface cards provide a dedicated, full-time connection to a network. Most home and portable computers connect to the Internet through as-needed dial-up connection. The modem provides the connection interface to the Internet service provider

3. What is a Ethernet cable?

An Ethernet cable is a section of CAT5E or higher rated wire termined with a RJ-45 male connector at each end. To utilize the Eleisure Internet connection you will need an Ethernet patch cable. An Ethernet patch cable has eight conductors with straight through connections on pins 1,2,3,6.

4. What is a MAC address?*

In a local area network (LAN) or other network, the MAC (Media Access Control) address is your computer's unique hardware number. (On an Ethernet LAN, it's the same as your Ethernet address.) When you're connected to the Internet from your computer (or host as the Internet protocol thinks of it), a correspondence table relates your IP address to your computer's physical (MAC) address on the LAN.

5. What is a virus?*

In computers, a virus is a program or programming code that replicates by being copied or initiating its copying to another program, computer boot sector or document. Viruses can be transmitted as attachments to an e-mail note or in a downloaded file, or be present on a diskette or CD. The immediate source of the e-mail note, downloaded file, or diskette you've received is usually unaware that it contains a virus. Some viruses wreak their effect as soon as their code is executed; other viruses lie dormant until circumstances cause their code to be executed by the computer. Some viruses are benign or playful in intent and effect ("Happy Birthday, Ludwig!") and some can be quite harmful, erasing data or causing your hard disk to require reformatting. A virus that replicates itself by resending itself as an e-mail attachment or as part of a network message is known as a worm.

6. What is Malware/spyware?*

Malware (for "malicious software") is any program or file that is harmful to a computer user. Thus, malware includes computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and also spyware, programming that gathers information about a computer user without permission.

7. What is an IP address? *

In the most widely installed level of the Internet Protocol (IP) today, an IP address is a 32-bit number that identifies each sender or receiver of information that is sent in packets across the Internet. When you request an HTML page or send e-mail, the Internet Protocol part of TCP/IP includes your IP address in the message (actually, in each of the packets if more than one is required) and sends it to the IP address that is obtained by looking up the domain name in the Uniform Resource Locator you requested or in the e-mail address you're sending a note to. At the other end, the recipient can see the IP address of the Web page requestor or the e-mail sender and can respond by sending another message using the IP address it received.

8. Why can't I send email from the Eleisure network using Outlook?

You must use mail.eleisure.net as you outgoing mail server to send email from your property using Outlook or similar programs.

9. Do I need another Internet Service Provide in conjunction with Eleisure?

No. Eleisure will provide you with a connection to the internet without the need for addtional providers such as AOL and NetZero. However, some of these services such as America Online offer a purchase option to retain your account with them while using a Broadband connection such as Eleisure.

10. Will my Macintosh or LINUX copmuter work?

The Eleisure system is compatible with almost any computer that uses the 802.3 standard. This includes Xbox, PS2, Mac, and Linux machines capable of 802.3

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