Dale:
I see your point, but sometimes get frustrated when I see IBM soutions when
they are not the best, because the reason is that IBM won't support them.
Granted, IBM is GREAT in a lot of areas, especially the AS400, but I'd
rather buy best of breed and I think the UDS (Motorola) modems are far
superior to the IBM.  At least with the Options modems, IBM had a modem
manufacturer make the units and the Options modems are better than previous
IBM units.  Not to say that IBM modems did not work, they always did, but I
just like the ease of configuration on the UDS models.  I have installed al
lot of IBM, UDS and zillions of other modems.
I didn't mean to slight your comm skills, if I did I apologize, and there
are certainly comm gurus on this list server than know MUCH more than I do.
Regards,
Carl

Carl Galgano
EDI Consulting Services, Inc.
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Suite C19
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-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Bale <dbale@genfast.com>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Friday, October 08, 1999 2:54 PM
Subject: Re: OEM modems


>
>
>Carl,
>
>Well, the key _is_, "if you understand data communications", and I did not
to
>the extent required to deal with this thing.  I can't remember the exact
wording
>of the original post, but from following the thread, I got the impression,
>rightly or wrongly, that James might be at the same level I'm at.
>
>But, still, the question remains, at what point do you cross the threshold
of
>the cost of time to make a given modem work as opposed to spending a few
(?)
>extra bucks to get a modem supported by IBM which may (or may not) be as
easy as
>plug'n'play?  For a expert data comm guy like yourself, _you_ may be able
to
>setup any modem you come across without a blink of the eye.  For the rest
of us
>who may come across having to set up a modem once a year, it's not
necessarily
>something we commit to memory.  That's why we have you guys!  ;-)
>
>Believe me, I wish I had known about MIDRANGE-L when I had to do that async
job!
>
>- Dan Bale
>
>_________________________ Original Message _________________________
>
>Dale:
>I disagree with your comments.  I you understand data communications, you
>should be able to make any modem work as long as you know what you are
>doing.  I still feel the UDS modems are FAR superior to the IBM modems,
>especially when you have them deployed in an environment where you may have
>to talk someone through configuration, the front panel display and the
>YES/NO keys allow this very nicely. The Option by IBM modems work well but
>the lights on them are too hard to see.  There is no magic to
>communications, just have to understand what you are doing.
>CJG
>
>
>
>
>
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