Outsourcing a modem pool for dialup? Any advice?
Michael C. Shultz
ringworm01 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 9 18:10:09 GMT 2005
On Thursday 09 June 2005 10:38, Philip Hallstrom wrote:
> Hi all -
> Our company has a product such that a small server is installed at
> each customer site. This server dials up to the Internet every night and
> exchanges some content with a central server in our data center. Total
> transaction takes about 5 minutes.
> Customers can have multiple sites. Our largets to date has three, but
> some potentials have several hundred.
> In the cases where the site does not have an existing Internet connection
> we currently use dialup via a major ISP.
> This works for now, but won't for the long haul for a couple of reasons:
> - they all are all sharing the same username and password (yes yes, I
> - we're moving into canada and this ISP doesn't have many local numbers up
> - Dealing with local numbers and their somewhat frequent changing is a
> real headache.
> What I want is a modem pool with one local number (tied into an 800
> number) where I can create as many username/password pairs as needed. I
> want that local number to never change :-)
> Now... to make it fun...
> - No, I can't install a dialup server in our corporate datacenter.
> - No, I can't setup a freebsd server in satellite office.
> That leaves me with an outsourced solution that needs to work with
> FreeBSD's PPP.
> Anyone know of anyone that does this sort of thing? Or an ISP that has a
> service geared towards this (our current one does not).
You may not like the price but the local phone company likely provides this
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