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: we want to start a SLIP/PPP server for providing Internet access. I
: would like to know if any of you guys are using these boards:
: 1- Computone,
: 2- Consensys (64 ports!),
: 3- Cyclades,
: 4- Digiboard (I know this is working, is there a 32 or 64 ports board?)
I'm using both a Digiboard and a Cyclades card - both seem to work well.
Since I put in the Cyclades, some users on that card report problems with
sz, but I haven't pinned down the problem yet fully.
The Cyclades cards are available for about $399 for 16 ports, and you can
run two of those cards in one machine. You probably don't really want to
run 64 users on one Linux box unless it's a Pentium 90 with at least 64
megs of ram. We run 30 users on 32 megs with a '66, and it dogs down a bit
when we get this many.
Currently the machine with the Cyclades in it has both - for a total of 26
serial ports on four interrupts. Our other hosts each have a single 8-port
digi in them.
Are there drivers for the Consensys card with 64 ports, and if so, what does
The Digi drivers are currently widly available for the non-intelligent -
it's just some fancy port stuff in serial.c. Email me for a copy. I don't
think that their intelligent drivers are available yet. Their cards are way
overpriced regardless - get the Cyclades while they're offering the promo
: I would also like to know if you are using dip, sliplogin, agetty or
: what so ever. Which package do you consider to be working the best
: according to you?
We use 'tia'. A host license cost us $500, and we have no hassles with
slattach and pppd. My understanding of SLIP and PPP in the kernel is that
you can only have about 4 channels of each protocol running at the same
time; for more users, I think tia makes sense. It's also simple to set the
users up - they all just get 188.8.131.52. =) Intermind tells me that PPP
will be available in tia in mid-march.
Oh, and if you want to look cool, rename 'tia' to 'slip' and then create a
shell script called 'tia' that does an 'exec slip $*' for you. This way
users can do it either way, but in the 'w' listing, it just shows as slip.
Email if you have further questions.
Dane Jasper Santa Rosa Public-Access Internet
Sonoma Interconnect - sonic.net
(707)528-8748 (14.4kbps) (707)528-0777 (Voice)
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