• Subject: Re: OS/400 and version improvements-Async dialup on AS400e
  • From: jdraper@xxxxxxx (Jerry Draper)
  • Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 12:00:11 -0800 (PST)

Synapse (www.synapse.com) has addressed the lack of async dialup on the
AS400e with their RemoteAPPC.  Here are excerps from their Press Release:

In response to the unavailability of ASCII workstation controllers on
certain RISC-based AS/400 models, Synapse Network Associates today reported
details of their Remote APPC product.

Synapse's Remote APPC is an advanced SNA gateway software package that
allows remote PCs to access an AS/400 through asynchronous modems.  Made up
of both client and server software, the product reportedly works with all
models of the AS/400, including the AS/400e models that do not support ASCII
workstation controllers.  According to the vendor, the package will also
provide access to an Advanced System/36 if the AS/36 is equipped with a LAN
adapter.  Like all Synapse emulation packages, Remote APPC is fully
compatible with the Emulator Transfer Utility (ETU), the vendor said.

The server software is available as a two port software version, or as an
eight or sixteen port software/hardware bundle.  Capable of handling up to
32 simultaneous APPC conversations, the server is attached to the AS/400
using token ring or Ethernet LANs, twinax or SDLC.  A Synapse spokesman
added, "The Remote APPC server provides a firewall to the AS/400 with three
levels of security including user ID and password, dial-back security and
caller ID verification.  Other unique features include user time scheduling
and data encryption."

The client side of Remote APPC, included as part of Synapse's WinAPPC
product, provides display/printer emulation and bi-directional file transfer
through a simple async dial-up link.  Supporting most Hayes-compatible
modems and direct connections through modem eliminators, the Remote APPC
client offers speeds up to 115,000 bps and is said to be compatible with
Windows 3.x, Windows 95 or Windows NT.

According to Synapse, the Remote APPC offering is primarily intended to
fulfill the requirements of customers who need secure, reliable and
inexpensive access to their AS/400 systems by remote PC users.  "With IBM's
failure to provide ASCII workstation controllers for the new AS/400 RISC
models, and with Andrew's withdrawal from the midrange business raising
questions about the continued availability of their Interlynx protocol
converter, the Remote APPC product takes on even more importance.", the
Synapse spokesman said.

Just last week Synapse responded to Andrew's midrange withdrawal by
announcing its "honorware" program for Andrew customers.  The "honorware"
program gives Andrew customers an opportunity to salvage their investment in
Andrew 3x/twin adapters by offering Synapse's compatible WinTwin/3x software
through the Synapse web site.  The complete WinTwin/3x package, including
documentation, is available for downloading at the site.  Customers who like
the product can purchase it on CD, and get full technical support, for only
$89 per copy.

Jerry Draper, Trilobyte Software Systems, since 1976
Specializing in connecting PC's, Windows, MAC's, and LAN's to the AS/400
Representing Synapse, Apple, IBM, UDS, MI, DCI, Netsoft, etc.
(415) 457-3431; (415) 258-1658fax; jdraper@wco.com

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