> From: D.BALE@handleman.com > > 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. That is the typical pricing for that kind of ma bell service. We have had it & for that distance I will predict that you will have unacceptable ma bell downage with no compensation for lost connection hassles. > 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. Dial up would have been my obvious suggestion. > 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. VPN is in fact considerably less expensive. I am not involved in that side of our business, but we used to have separate lines (at like $1,000.00 per month each) for voice (several lines), fax, PC, AS/400 & now we have one VPN line for the whole bit. We had to add some hardware needed for VPN that was not needed for leased lines & just like in the PC LAN world where you quoted some price then ... oh you need to do this - you have to pay extra for that ... oh you need to do that also - you have to pay extra for that ... getting an accurate financial picture up front is not what the VPN market is into providing. > Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. > > Dan Bale > IT - AS/400 > Handleman Company > 248-362-4400 Ext. 4952 Alister William Macintyre Computer Data Janitor etc. of BPCS 405 CD Rel-02 on 400 model 170 OS4 V4R3 (forerunner to IBM e-Server i-Series 400) @ http://www.cen-elec.com Central Industries of Indiana--->Quality manufacturer of wire harnesses and electrical sub-assemblies +--- | This is the Midrange System Mailing List! | To submit a new message, send your mail to MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com. | To subscribe to this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-SUB@midrange.com. | To unsubscribe from this list send email to MIDRANGE-L-UNSUB@midrange.com. | Questions should be directed to the list owner/operator: firstname.lastname@example.org +---
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