I have set ALL my customers up to "phone home" via the internet. It is much
better, doesn't require a monthly telephone line, and best of all you can
order huge PTFs and download them directly. In fact, you can even order PTF
groups and hipers via SNDPTFORD when you are connected via the internet.

All these machines sit behind the corporate firewalls as well. I have been
doing this since V5R4 came out.

Pete

Pete Massiello
iTech Solutions
http://www.itechsol.com



-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of James Rich
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 9:31 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: RE: Getting a new IBM i - need advice

On Thu, 6 Aug 2009, Pete Massiello wrote:

Why do you need the WAN card? Are you going connect a modem to this
machine? Toss the WAN card, you shouldn't need it.

I recently did a bid for a new machine and was told that the WAN card is
needed for the machine to "phone home" and report problems to IBM. Is
that not the case?

James Rich

if you want to understand why that is, there are many good books on
the design of operating systems. please pass them along to redmond
when you're done reading them :)
- Paul Davis on ardour-dev

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