THE INTERNET ADAPTER (TIA), THE TOOL PREFERRED BY INTERNET PROVIDERS TO GIVE THEIR USERS GRAPHICAL ACCESS, NOW SUPPORTS BOTH PPP AND CSLIP CONNECTIONS.
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 25, 1995--Cyberspace Development Inc. and InterMind Corp. announce the release of TIA (1) (Telecommunications Industry Association, Arlington, VA, www.tiaonline.org) A membership organization founded in 1988 that sets telecommunications standards worldwide. It was originally an EIA working group that was spun off and merged with the U.S. 2.0, a new version of The Internet Adapter See TIA.
(networking, product) Internet Adapter - The Internet Adapter (TIA). A program from Cyberspace Development which runs on a Unix shell account and acts as a SLIP emulator. , the Internet connectivity software.
TIA enables any organization offering Internet access See how to access the Internet. the ability to extend its users all the speed, functionality and features of SLIP/PPP using their existing infrastructure, without the related configuration and maintenance concerns. In addition to supporting SLIP, TIA 2.0 features the enhanced speed of CSLIP (Compressed SLIP) A version of SLIP that compresses the data for transmission.
CSLIP - Compressed SLIP along with PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) The most popular method for transporting IP packets over a serial link between the user and the ISP. Developed in 1994 by the IETF and superseding the SLIP protocol, PPP establishes the session between the user's computer and the ISP using , the industry standard serial-line communication protocol for TCP/IP TCP/IP
in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol
Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances. .
Academic, corporate, and commercial service providers all cite a number of reasons why TIA is easier to install and maintain than conventional SLIP or PPP, the foremost being that TIA's innovative design eliminates the requirement for users to have their own IP address. Instead, TIA uses the IP address of the host computer for all users connected to that host. TIA recognizes Internet traffic Internet traffic is the flow of data around the Internet. It includes web traffic, which is the amount of that data that is related to the World Wide Web, along with the traffic from other major uses of the Internet, such as electronic mail and peer-to-peer networks. intended for each connected TIA user and directs each transmission back to the appropriate recipient.
TIA 2.0 is designed to interoperate with any industry-standard SLIP or PPP client software package on any platform, including client software developed before the release of TIA 2.0. Likewise, the new release is fully compatible with Windows 95.
"TIA is faster, easier to use, and gives 99% of the people everything they want," says Joe Ilacqua, sysop of indra.net, a mid-sized Denver-area Internet Service Provider Internet service provider (ISP)
Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password. . "There's really nothing to fuss with when setting up a TIA customer." A university System Administrator adds: "We were using SLIP before purchasing TIA, and the overhead associated with managing IP addresses would have become somewhat cumbersome if we'd not found TIA." TIA is available to host and site customers for a three-week trial period. Pricing for TIA site licenses starts at $495; interested sites should contact the TIA Licensing Specialist at 206/545-7565 for more information.
TIA allows an organization to leverage its existing infrastructure to give its users graphical Internet access. Typically, this results in cost savings for providers of Internet access, whether commercial, corporate, or academic. Implementing TIA requires no new hardware investment, is less expensive to deploy than traditional terminal servers, and is easier to set up and maintain.
Speed is a major reason TIA is preferred by organizations offering Internet access. Because TIA operates as a gateway between the client and the host, TCP/IP packets that require reissuing due to network transmission errors are handled by TIA directly, bypassing the need for the client to be involved. The comparatively slow modem leg is effectively eliminated during retransmissions, improving performance an average of 5% to 15%. The addition of VJ Header Compression to TIA 2.0 further expands that speed.
By eliminating the need for individual IP address ranges, TIA reduces an organization's risk in a rapidly growing network where IP addresses are becoming more and more difficult to obtain. Should an organization choose to change Internet providers Internet provider - Internet Service Provider in the future, using TIA insulates it from the shock of having to renumber re·num·ber
tr.v. re·num·bered, re·num·ber·ing, re·num·bers
To number again or in a different order. its users, an organizational nightmare whether renumbering hundreds or thousands of users. And, of course, the lack of IP addressing means it is not contributing to the demand for increasingly rare IP addresses.
TIA 2.0 and Windows 95
TIA 2.0 is fully compatible with Windows 95. For TIA users moving to Windows 95, TIA remains the ideal Internet access utility, allowing them direct, fully graphical access to the Internet Service Provider of their choice.
In addition, the configuration options within Windows 95 make it even easier for individual users to configure their desktop computer for the Internet. Windows 95's built-in TCP/IP stack An implementation of the TCP/IP communications protocol. Network architectures designed in layers, such as TCP/IP, OSI and SNA, are called "stacks." See TCP/IP, OSI model and protocol stack. , Dial-Up Adapter Hardware or software that dials up a telephone number. It often refers to the software in a PC that commands the modem to dial an ISP's telephone number for Internet access (see dial-up). and Make New Connection Wizard, partnered with TIA, allow instant Internet access for Windows 95 users, without the expense of a conventional SLIP/PPP account.
A unique option available to organizations providing Internet access is the EmBarque Internet Application Installer and Toolbar A row or column of on-screen buttons used to activate functions in the application. Many toolbars are customizable, letting you add and delete buttons as required. Toolbars may be fixed in position or may float, which means they can be dragged to a more convenient location in the for Windows. EmBarque (previously known as "EnCompass") automatically installs and configures a Winsock stack plus eight popular Internet software applications on any Windows PC An x86-based computer that runs some version of Windows. See x86 and Windows. .
EmBarque enables an organization to efficiently and inexpensively equip its users with all the tools it needs for graphical Internet access. Sites interested in providing this alternative to their users should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TIA is sold on-line through the World Wide Web site of Cyberspace Coined by William Gibson in his 1984 novel "Neuromancer," it is a futuristic computer network that people use by plugging their minds into it! The term now refers to the Internet or to the online or digital world in general. See Internet and virtual reality. Contrast with meatspace. Development Inc., the developers of TIA. Details on how to receive an evaluation license, web forms for purchasing TIA, and specific product information are available via World Wide Web (http://marketplace.com/). All information is also available by gopher or ftp to marketplace.com. Additionally, all information may be obtained via automatic mailbot (electronic robot): send a blank email message (no body or subject) to email@example.com to receive our basic information document. Or, to receive a faxed document about TIA, call 800/807-3601.
The TIA Team
TIA is jointly delivered by InterMind Corp. and Cyberspace Development Inc. InterMind is a Seattle firm whose mission is the development of new technologies for intelligent information exchange. InterMind worked closely in the design of the net-based sales system used to sell TIA, and is responsible for TIA marketing and sales.
Cyberspace Development Inc. (CyberDev) is a start-up based in Boulder, Colo., developing software products for Internet connectivity, commerce and publishing. They developed The Internet Adapter and the online systems used to sell this successful product directly on the net. CyberDev pledges to honor wishes for personal privacy and reasonable anonymity, to avoid unsolicited advertising, and to provide tools that enable one to avoid contact with digital content they find offensive. For more information, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or browse http://www.cyberdev.com/.
The Internet Adapter is a trademark of Cyberspace Development Inc. InterMind is a trademark of InterMind Corp. Tia is a trademark of InterMind Corp. EmBarque is a trademark of SandyBeach Inc. Windows 95 is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.
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