• Subject: Re: Remote office connection
  • From: Larry Bolhuis <lbolhui@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 03 Jul 1998 01:00:50 -0400
  • Organization: Arbor Solutions, Inc

I agree with Jerry but would offer the following cautions/enhancements.

 1) For 200 users, 64K will likely be quite insufficient, espescially if
there is any amount of printing.  Depending on the quantity of
voice/fax/email traffic between the sites a DS1(T1) may be more
appropriate. Use some chanels for voice between phone switches and the
rest for the WAN.  This can be a big $$ saver if there is a lot of voice
traffic between sites.

 2) As Chuck added, certain types of printing will be a problem.  To
solve that, real twinax printers continue to be the best solution.  LAN
based printers work fine for normal report printing, but twinax still
yeilds the best control for pre-printed forms - Alignment messages etc.
To support these check out the Perle 594e remote controller.  These
units can be connected to the LAN and with recent enancements will run
over TCP/IP (using anynet)  To the Perle, connect your twinax printers
and any real green screens that you may want.

  Larry Bolhuis
  Arbor Solutions, Inc
  lbolhui@ibm.net

Chuck Lewis wrote:
> 
> I agree with Jerry,
> 
> Were I worked (until today - last day there; new company Monday...) we had a
> centrally located AS/400 shop with remote sites across the U.S. and Canada. 
>Our 2
> AS/400's are on our LAN and via Frame Relay and our WAN, users running Client
> Access can connect with no control units necessary,
> 
> The only real issue has been remote printing...
> 
> Chuck
> 
> Jerome Draper wrote:
> 
> > >Now, suppose you are considering opening a new remote office (1000's of
> > miles away) with another 200 users that must also share the same data and
> > applications. What would be the preferred  method (ie., effective and
> > relatively inexpensive) of getting them online?  A bunch more remote
> > controllers in the new office?  Another AS/400 in the remote office using
> > DDM?  Something entirely different?
> >
> > My first choice would be to install a LAN at the remote office for the 200
> > users (ethernet, CAT 5 cable, hubs, switch, etc.).  Then I would like the
> > two offices via routers and a 56KB leased line to create a WAN (router,
> > DSU/CSU on each side).  Then I would install a TCP/IP based emulation
> > product like Synapse WinAPPC which does display, printer, and/or file
> > transfer for the green screens.
> >
> > Voila!
> >
> > Jerry
> >
> > 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, Nlynx, MI, DCI, Netsoft, etc.
> > (415) 457-3431; (415) 258-1658fax; jdraper@wco.com
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