on 12/05/97at 04:47 PM, the Great and Grand  Wazir "James W. Kilgore"
<qappdsn@ibm.net> said:

>Here's the questions:

>2. What's the lowest cost of ownership for LAN equipment and connection
>for a small remote site to ISP @ 56K.  They have need for each user to
>perform word processing/spread sheets locally, yet do 5250 to AS/400 for
>line of operation processing.  Will keep desktop 486/66, but will install
>server.  Will replace NICs and cable if necessary.

Consider making a relationship with an ISP that wants your business; with
a complete package many of your problems become smaller.  They'll provide
and set up your own domain name, host site, fixed IP addresses & domain
name service, a minimal web page for starting out, and the various
connections, modems, routers, knowledge.  A proposal from two or three
ISPs will blow your mind on their competive spirit and what they'll do for
you.  Be clear the domain name will be yours though, not theirs.

>3. If we use TCP/IP would a browser JAVA applet work as well as TN5250?
>In either case, what are you using and are the users happy.  The remote
>site provides customer support for approx. 6,000 customers (garbage
>hauler), so the processing traffic is low to do real time updates on
>parent company's 400.  No FTP requirements, but do need remote print
>capability and 8/5 connection.

A sample of a Java applet to access a tcp/ip connection on an AS/400 is
installed with Netscape Communicator 4.0.  There are several TN5250
programs available.  So far the only way I have seen to have the function
keys all work correctly is to use TN5250.

>4. For the 150, we are looking to connect @ 56K/128K to a local ISP. Have
>a blank check, what's the shopping list.  Parent company want's customers
>to be able to connect for account inquiry.  Would we be better off
>skipping the ISP and getting a direct phone company connection?

imho, the right ISP will be a great technical partner for you and provide
good levels of security.  It would not surprise me if they recommended
that you keep only an up-to-date copy of the account information on your
own web page on their server, with their security knowledge. That way a
33.6 or 56k 8/5 dial-up line might be all you need in most offices.

>5. For the 200, need connection to the 150 also @56K.  What's involved?
>Same blank check.

With your own domain name and IP addresses the two machines can use
passthru, or each PC workstation can have an icon for each machine's IP

Booth Martin     

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