Outsourcing a modem pool for dialup? Any advice?

Tony Shadwick tshadwick at goinet.com
Thu Jun 9 19:20:22 GMT 2005

We can also provide this sort of thing for you, but it won't be anywhere 
near as cheap as the single ISP account you're using.  We have to allow 
enough lines for simultaneous connections.  The good news is that it is 
overnight, and you are correctly staggering the connections, then it might 
not be a problem, but if we have to purchase an additional PRI line to 
handle the need, then that cost would be passed along.

Give me a call:  314-436-1700

On Thu, 9 Jun 2005, Michael C. Shultz wrote:

> 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
>> know...)
>> - we're moving into canada and this ISP doesn't have many local numbers up
>> there.
>> - 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).
>> Thanks!
>> -philip
> You may not like the price but the local phone company likely provides this
> service.
> -Mike
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