Thanks to all who have responded like lightning on this subject.

Twenty minutes after sending my original post on the subject, I was told that
the decision to go with leased line is pretty much cast in stone.  Reliability
and zero user intervention were two overriding requirements.

I thought my home DSL line was pretty darned reliable though.  I use it to
connect to our AS/400 and, with the exception of a few brief outages in the
very early stages of my relationship with my DSL provider, have never had
connection problems.  Don't know how much secure VPN would alter that, though.
 But I figured if we were able to determine whether DSL would work for the
location, why not see if we can save $700 (+/-?) per month.

Al, you mentioned unacceptable downtime with leased line.  I'm told that our
experience here with LL has been VERY reliable.

Someone else asked about the Reno AS/400's internet connection.  It actually
has to hit our Michigan headquarters before accessing the internet, so I don't
know if that makes a noticeable difference or not.

I guess I'm not quite ready to give up on this yet.  The communications end of
this project is really out of my area, a different group is handling it, and
I'm certainly no comm guru, but heck, if I can save the company a bundle of
money like that without sacrificing the LL benefits that we need...

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