> Greetings from Palo Alto:
> Blessed with a choice of Centrex suppliers at reasonable rates, but with
> conflicting advice.
> One is recommending an Ascend router, another insists on a 3Com solution
> and a third is offering a great deal on a BitSurfer pro.
> Cost is not my primary concern here.
> I have a Mac 7100/66, and several analog suppliers. I would like to set
> up ISDN and then, when working smoothly phase out some of the others.
> The simplest solution is to have a terminal device which goes into my
> ethernet port ( my mac is at home, and not networked ). However, if the
> BitSurfer Pro solution will be simple and provide good functionality, then
> I hate to waste the money.
> Thanks, in advance,
I'm not entirely certain what your looking for, but I've installed a ZyXEL
2864i terminal adapter with my PowerMac 7500/100. It's working great so
far, although (huge caveat here) I've not yet tested an ISDN to ISDN
connection. The reason I went with the ZyXEL 2864i is because it has
integrated v.34 modem/fax capabilities and that is what I've been using
with my current provider who doesn't offer ISDN. I got it less that a
week ago and haven't set up my ISDN Internet account yet (Here in the Bay
Area, I'm using Direct Network Access, Inc. ($40/mo. 1 B-channel, $50/mo.
2 B-channels, $100 setup)
--Sorry, that looked like an ad, but I didn't want to spur a discussion of
who I'm using. :)
Anyway, it took me about an hour to set up, but that only because I had
lost the SPID information that was given to me when my line was installed
2 months ago, so it took me awhile to figure that out.
ZyXEL, (http://www.zyxel.com/) (1-800-255-4101) offers the 2864i in two
flavors. One has an integrated U interface, the other an S/T, thus
requiring an NT-1. I had originally ordered the version with the U
interface, but it's release date kept getting pushed back (last I heard it
was late Dec. 95), so I broke down and bought the S/T interface model. To
help make up for the added cost of an NT-1, ZyXEL is offering Tone
Commander's single port NT-1 for $135.00, which I had to order direct from
ZyXEL. I was able to order the 2864i through my dealer
(ComputerWare--Mike Skoles 408-328-1045) at a significant discount from
retail ($699). The U interface model retails at $749.
Hope this helped, and didn't sound too much like an ad. I've been working
in the advertising business for 2 years now. :)