plop at redbrick.dcu.ie
Sat Sep 9 09:52:45 IST 2000
In reply to Niall O Broin's flatulent wordings,
> What you're talking about then is a standalone ISDN router rather than a TA.
> There are a number available from 3Com, Zyxel, Cisco etc. and one called
> Lightning from a Swiss company (name escapes me) which is small, cheap, and
> Linux based but as of about a month ago, it wasn't yet available. The ISDN
> routers are I think all heading for a about £1K in price. The serial port
> TAs (I think they are a most ridiculous class of device) cost £300+ and an
> ISDN card which is directly supported in the Linux kernel costs from £20.
> You pays your money, and makes your choice (where the serial TA is a piss
> poor choice).
Serial port TAs don't usually cost over 300... well depends on what make/model
and where you buy them I suppose but I've rarely seen them that expensive. If
you're implying that Serial TAs are a stupid idea because of the 112KBPS limit
that most serial ports have then you should also consider that most internal
TAs are also restricted to 112KBPS. Running a variety of OSs though I just
prefer an external TA because it'll run with all of them as long as they
support serial ports (and not may OSs don't)
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