• Subject: RE: Connecting satellite locations via the Internet
  • From: Lurton Keel <Lurton.Keel@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 08:36:48 -0600

To start with, I don't think you and I are talking about the same thing.  I
am talking about a frame relay network where we have 75 remote nodes
connected and 2 T-1 out of the frame cloud to our LAN here.
The cost is less than $600 per month for a fully monitored remote 56kb node
including leasing the router and modems .  The T-1's on this end are
$285/month (we are right beside the POP).  The monitoring on this end is
about $500/month.  We have a 32k PVC guaranteed on the 56k and we can turn
that up to more within 72 hours.
I agree that you can get an ISP connection for $19.95 per month but we are
talking about a routed connection with 20+ devices behind the router and not
having any technical people at the stores to do anything.  Our backup has to
be automatic.
My point about the IP addresses was that we control TCP/IP and we don't have
to fiddle with a firewall at all.  With a VPN you had better have a
I agree that VPN's are a security exposure and I think a private frame
network is more secure.
I don't understand the comment about the 20 hops.  That is an Internet
problem not a frame problem.  If one of our California sites does a TRACERT
to the AS/400 they will see 3 hops (or 4 if they are a spoke) maximum.
Compare that to a VPN.  The hops they see are 1-to their router, 2-to our
router, 3-to AS/400.

                -----Original Message-----
                From:   email@james-w-kilgore.com
                Sent:   Thursday, March 11, 1999 3:34 AM
                To:     MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
                Subject:        Re: Connecting satellite locations via the


                Not to refute your decision, just tossing in my 2 cents....

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