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Date:      Fri, 15 Sep 1995 08:43:27 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Andrew Herdman <>
To:        Brian Litzinger <>
Subject:   Re: Looking for ISDN PRI solutions
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On Fri, 15 Sep 1995, Brian Litzinger wrote:

> I realize that at first glance this message might be more appropriate
> to a different forum, however, I've already been to those forums and
> know those answers.
> Basically, my company is about to spend tens of thousands of dollars
> purchasing ISDN router equipment.  We have had in for evaluation
> Combinet, Ascend, Network Express, CISCO, and have been relatively
> dissatisfied with the results.
> The Combinet and Ascend products while reasonably priced ($4000 per
> PRI) don't offer the complete functionality we are looking for.

I'd like to know what the Ascend product is missing in functionality for 
you.  We are using P400's for PRI's and are pleased as punch with them.

> On the other hand the CISCO and Network Express products
> ($7500 - $15K per PRI) basically have the functionality we want but
> are too expensive and do too much.
> So what am I looking for?
> I want a card or a router/bridge that allows us to offer PPP
> connections via ISDN B channels.
> I want to drag in a 24/30 B channel PRI and plug it into my FreeBSD box.

I don't think this will happen for a long long time.  Not many people on 
the FreeBSD core team have access to PRI's i'm sure.  I'm not even sure 
if there is a card for PC technology that allows you to plug in a PRI.

> I then want software that allows me to run PPP over each of the
> B channels to whomever might dialin and has the appropriate 
> authorization to connect. I also want a log of connection times.

An Ascend p400 and run radius on the freebsd machine.


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