Jeff,

I'd suggest you implement a basic WAN.

For the connection, I would recommend ISDN. It is cheaper than frame-relay
(at least in Canada), and allows you to scale your connection speed from 64K
to T1 speeds. It is most likely much cheaper than your leased line.

You'll need a router at each location. Most decent routers will provide a
built-in ISDN terminal adapter (like a modem) as an option. Buy a basic
4-port hub for the remote location, to connect the router with up to 3
additional devices.

Setup TCP/IP, assign some IP addresses to the devices, and away you go.


----- Original Message -----
From: Jeff Crosby <jlcrosby@fwi.com>
To: Midrange List Server (David Gibbs) <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 14:31
Subject: Leased Line AS/400 access


> We have a 2nd building 7 blocks down the street.  For eons now we have
> connected this 2nd building to our main building (here) via a leased
> line.  At the other end is a Win 3.1 PC and PC printer.  We run Client
> Access remotely.  The modems are IBM 3865s at 9600.  (I would have put
> in faster modems long ago except the SDLC card is limited to 9600, so
> why bother . . .)
>
> I need to replace the PC for Y2K compliancy with a PC running Win98.
> This site needs a 5250 session and printer emulation.  I want them up
> all day, not dial up.  They need to update a spreadsheet weekly that is
> stored on the AS/400 in the IFS.  (It takes 5 mins to open this
> spreadsheet at 9600, what a pain.)  We have twinax and ethernet (TCP/IP)
> at the main site.  I want the flexibility to have other devices at the
> remote location in the future.  In addition, there may very well be a
> 3rd site (2 blocks down the street in the _other_ direction) in the near
> future that I would want connected to the main building as well.
>
> What is the best way to connect these site(s) to us?  A remote LAN
> access of some kind?  Frame relay?  I know enough about these things to
> be dangerous.  In the old days, there was usually 1 way to do something
> and that's how you did it.  Now there are many more options.  Microage
> and other PC vendors know LANs and remote access and such, but don't
> know squat about the AS/400.  IBM and IBM Business Partners may tend to
> ignore some lower cost solutions in favor of an all IBM answer.  Any
> help pointing me to places with answers is appreciated.
>
> Thanks.
>
> --
> -Jeff
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