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Re: Who knows stuff about WAN cards?

Pete Templin wrote:
> Hi there!!
> I'm doing some network consulting for a computer store, and we'd like to
> connect the store LAN to the Internet through a 56k or T1 connection.  If
> possible, we'd like to save the expense of the router and perhaps the
> CSU/DSU if possible.

Very possible.

> I think I've seen some adds in network magazines for WAN cards.  Are any
> of you using them?  If so, can you tell me about driver compatibility?
> Does it replace the CSU/DSU, or did you still have to rent/buy one?  What
> sort of interface options did you have to select from (I've heard that
> different telco boxes have different interface types)?

I've used the SDL 56k and T1 boards. Buoy.com is currently running
on the T1 board. I have a 56k card to sell... :)
They have worked tremendously for us, and clients I've used them at.
The 56k card runs about $600, and the T1 card about $1000. These are the
ones with the builtin csu, and you can buy them without it. Emerging
Technologies makes some cards too, but they are pricy (IMO), and they
cater to BSD systems... although they have a good driver for linux, and
a steady following. I've just had exceptional luck from SDL. The drivers
are working with 1.2.13 and 2.0.30 on our systems, and the T1 card will
do FT1 also, from 64k on up.

You really don't have interface options. They bring you a connector(56k)
or a smart jack (T1), which you simply plug a 10BaseT cable into, and
the other end into your WAN board, or csu if you choose the separate
components route.


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