• Subject: RE: Leased Line vs. ???
  • From: "Warren, Rick" <RWarren@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2000 15:51:17 -0500

Is the AS/400 in Reno ported to the internet?  If it is and if the printer
can be configured as a Windows printer you could pull the label information
down from the AS/400 and print it using MS Access or a custom program
installed on the PC (Workstation in Hawaii).  The workstation could use a
local ISP and either local dial-up or DSL/ Cable Modem connection to get on
the internet.

You didn't say how many labels per day you are printing.  If you are hitting
the AS/400 for customer information/ Item Information and you are printing a
lot of labels you may want to bring synchronized copies of the AS/400 tables
down to you workstation.  This would allow you to synchronize tables a
couple time a day and be able to print at will.


Rick Warren
Database Developer
Burlington Chemical Co. Inc.
(336) 584-0111 ext 492


-----Original Message-----
From: D.BALE@handleman.com [mailto:D.BALE@handleman.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2000 3:01 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: Leased Line vs. ???


A situation came up where we need to stick an AS/400 "workstation" & printer
in Hawaii and "attach" it to an AS/400 in Reno, Nevada.  They're talking
about
getting a leased line to do this at a startup cost of $1000 and monthly fees
of $900.

Traffic volume is not expected to be significant; this workstation would be
used primarily to request a shipping label to be printed on the label
printer.
 The display will be a PC, not a dumb terminal.

What are some other options that could be considered at less cost?  Dial-up
is
absolutely out of the question.

I thought I had heard VPN (virtual private network) being used as a
lower-cost, reliable alternative to leased line, but my memory is fuzzy on
this.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Dan Bale
IT - AS/400
Handleman Company
248-362-4400  Ext. 4952
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