Saturday, August 30, 2008

How the smallest ISP Node works?

C1-Node Diagram ( Smaller ISP Node)
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Step1: This diagram is for a dial-up user. When the user dials the ISP number, he is connected to the Remote Access Server(RAS) through the telephone exchange.
Step2: The RAS get the username and password and verifies with the database kept in another server called as RADIUS server. If the RADIUS server says OK, then RAS allows the user to use the Internet.
Step3: Actually, RAS consists of TWO parts. One is modem shelf(bottom one) another one is Router shelf(the top one).The packet which is released by the user PC is converted into analog(voice) signals by the user's modem.(The telephone exchanges will route only the voice not the data, hence this modulation is necessary). This voice signals reaches the RAS Modem Shelf. This RAS modem demodulates the voice signal again into data. This data goes to the upper shelf which is router. Router shelf routes the packet.
Note: WhenThe person sitting in the helpdesk, is directly connected to the switch. Here modem is not involved. So demodulation is not required. His packet will directly go to the top shelf and routed. -Shivaji From India

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