Networking with the Networkers -- How Much Do You Know? - TheStreet

So you've read all about the merger of

3Com

and

U.S. Robotics

. You know they're putting together a business that will comprise the whole spectrum of network computing needs, from modems to Ethernet cards. You know the industry is changing and you're ready for it. You can handle the Brave New World Wide Web.

Pop quiz, hot shot. What company do you turn to for a "secure access firewall"? (Do you even know what a secure access firewall is? We didn't.) Have you figured out what "asynchronous transfer mode" is -- or how to pronounce it?

We scouted the home pages of

Cisco

,

Cascade

,

Ascend

,

Xylan

,

Shiva

and

Fore

looking for tidbits of information that would challenge the most knowledgeable of the computer networking cognoscenti and put together the following test. Get five or more right and you could be the next cybermogul.

Or maybe just another Internet dweeb.

1. A "functionally-rich, high-capacity ATM Service Switch that gives customers the ability to deploy highly scalable networks with guaranteed end-to-end Quality of Service for hundreds of thousands of virtual circuits" refers to:

a)

Cascade

's networking products.

b) A crucial scene in episode 3 of the second season of

Star Trek

.

c) The original code used to encrypt plans for the Allies' invasion of Normandy.

2. Shorter than your lunch break best describes:

a) The amount of time needed to get on to

America Online

.

b) The 30 minutes of

gratis

support time offered by

Cisco

after you've purchased one of their NetBeyond products.

c) Your coffee break.

3. Which "worldwide leader in networking products based on asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology" boasts a section called "Living and Working in Pittsburgh" as part of the recruitment effort on its home page?

4. Does the allure of living and working in Pittsburgh make

Fore

a more attractive potential employer?

5. The Switching Revolution refers to:

a) The war to restore democracy in 16th century England.

b)

Xylan

's dedicated, high-speed networking.

c)

RuPaul's

daily wardrobe dilemma.

6. ISDN Interoperability Solutions are:

a) Outlined in the

United Nations

report on International Securities and Derivatives Networking.

b) Offered by

Shiva

for integration with Remote Access Servers.

c) Multi-physician surgical techniques.

7. Who said, "Everything wants to be connected with everything else"?

a)

Playboy

founder Hugh Hefner.

b)

The Beatles

.

c)

3Com

Chairman and CEO Eric Benhamou.

By the way, click on any of the highlighted names to automatically link to the company's home page. Be forewarned: Even with a T1 line, downloads can really eat up your time.

By Andrew Morse

amorse@thestreet.com