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1.6.6.1 - Lab 1.6.1: Using Collaboration ToolsIRC and IM...

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Lab 1.6.1: Using Collaboration Tools—IRC and IM Topology Diagram Learning Objectives Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to: Define Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and Instant Messaging (IM). List several collaborative uses of IM. List several misuses and data security issues involving IM. Use IRC to demonstrate collaboration. Background E-mail permits multiple users to collaborate, share ideas, and transfer files. However, unless the user constantly monitors the e-mail account, unread e-mail may go unnoticed for a long period of time. When people have wanted immediate contact, the telephone has been the technology of choice. Unfortunately, the telephone cannot be used to transfer files. What collaborators need for communication in the human network is a tool that has the flexibility of e-mail with the responsiveness of the telephone. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and Instant Messaging (IM) fit nicely into these requirements. Using the Internet or a private corporate network, users can easily exchange ideas and files. IMing and Chatting are both methods of real-time communication; however, they are implemented differently. Instant Messaging provides one-on-one communication with "accepted" individuals. To initiate an Instant Message, one person needs to "invite" another. The recipient of the invitation needs to know—and accept—the IM session based on the other user's screen name. IM clients allows you to have an approved list of users, often called a Buddy List. If you want to communicate with more than one person at a time, you can open additional IM windows. Each of these windows represents a two-person communication. Internet Relay Chat, on the other hand, allows multiple people to interact. Chat also provides a degree of anonymity. To start chatting, you establish a connection to a chat server and join a discussion on a particular topic. When you join, you are said to “join a room.” In the chat room, you typically create your own identity and can give as little information about yourself as you choose. While the following discussion focuses primarily on IM, a brief hands-on lab with our “model Internet cloud” will demonstrate the ease of IRC. IM requires a device providing services that allows users to communicate. This device is referred to as the Instant Messenger Server . The users on the end devices, such as a computer, use a piece of software called the Instant Messenger Client . This arrangement is called a client/server relationship. IM All contents are Copyright © 1992–2009 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 1 of 7
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CCNA Exploration Network Fundamentals: Living in a Network-Centric World Lab 1.6.1: Using Collaboration Tools—IRC and IM clients connect to an IM server, and the server joins clients. This relationship is called an IM network. There are many different IM networks available, each with a dedicated following of users. Popular IM
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