How about NT and RAS (Remote access server). I have many clients who simply drop an NT Server onto the LAN install a Digiboard and up to 256 modems -- you don't need the digiboard if you only want one of two modems -- and allow their outside reps to dial into the NT Server. Once logged into the server they are, by definition, also logged into the LAN and therefore can run any LAN based connectivity software they want to (Client Access, NetSoft, Rumba, etc).
Your reps should have no problem dialing into the LAN since it would be the same dial-up networking connection setup that they are probably using to access their ISP to surf the net. (Other than the username and phone # obviously)
$900 NT Server 4.0 w/5 client licenses - RAS is part of NT, not an extra charge
$300 Two 33.6 modems (Get good ones)
$2000 NT Server PC, unless you have one already (P133+, 64Meg, 2Gig)
$0 AS/400 Connectivity software, I'm assuming you have some for you internal users already
$0 For each new user
If you have any/all of this equipment already then the cost will obviously be less.
From: mcsnet!midrange.com!midrange-l-owner@Mcs.Net [mailto:mcsnet!midrange.com!midrange-l-owner@Mcs.Net]On Behalf Of Curtis Strouse
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 1998 10:44 AM
To: Midrange Computer
Subject: Remote connection to the AS/400
We are currently using a Perle 3i (connects via twinax) to connect remotely to our AS/400 using Perle Talk for DOS Client. Due to some problems with the DOS Client and Windows 95 we looked into the price for the Perle Windows Client. Due to the expense of the software per license I thought that I would see if anyone would be willing to share their alternative methods of remote connection. The connection is mainly used by our outside sales people to run and print their sales reports etc. so it has to to somewhat user friendly.
Any ideas are welcome.
North American Stainless