Art,

Thanks for the link.

I have seen various serial transports before. However, serial is not my problem, I have programmed bisync and async serial applications as far back as the S/36 and S/38 days. The problem with the current hardware is that US Netcom won't disclose the data protocol that is transmitted over the serial hardware. Without that I can't develop a program on the iSeries to manage their device. Another example of wedging an un-needed piece of hardware into a process that causes even more human interaction.

What I would really like is something that I can plug into the iSeries serial port and a phone extension, write a series of programs and have a minimum of user interaction.

Roger Vicker, CCP



On 12/27/2003 11:38 AM, Art Tostaine, Jr. wrote:

Check with Patrick Townsend.  www.patownsend.com.  They have
software/hardware solutions that will let you talk to serial devices
over TCP/IP.

Art Tostaine, Jr.
CCA, Inc.
Jackson, NJ 08527


-----Original Message----- From: midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-nontech-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Roger Vicker, CCP Sent: Friday, December 26, 2003 11:06 PM To: midrange-nontech@xxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Suggest automated call announcer

I have a customer that is using a device from US Netcom to call utility
customers and warn them of impending service interruptions. Even though
it attaches via a serial port they won't release the protocol and
require the use of a PC. This makes it a manual process to load the list
(file not individual numbers) and it only prints the results report so
it has to be manually re-entered into the customers. US Netcom finally
provided some APIs to the PC programs but this still requires a PC and
VB programs. I would like to find something that can interface directly
to the iSeries via serial or maybe even TCP. They only use one phone
line so it doesn't need to be a very large system.
Roger Vicker, CCP





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