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TechRepublic Questions of the Week - December 7, 2009

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TechRepublic member jgstroup submitted a question(s) to feature in this week's post. The person who responds with a helpful answer in the discussion thread will receive a TechRepublic coffee mug or laptop sticker. Here's the question(s):

"Our company supports fueling systems for the Department of Defense (DOD) all over the world. The systems have a modem through which we can dial in and view many of the aspects of the machine, make changes to operational characteristics, and even view history from a print buffer.

My question is: How can I best connect from anywhere, when the modem requires an analog dial, but I would like to be able to connect from a netbook with a broadband card from anywhere I have a signal.

Additionally, possibly separately, we use Sprint FonCards for the long-distance charges, and a long-time Vonage devotee mentioned that there might be ways to reduce even those charges to the Pacific Rim and Europe since many IP Telephony companies have gateways in those countries.

These issues are currently complicating my support effort, as at this time any of us supporting a unit that needs a dial-in have to race to our homes or the office to get a land line."

Do you have a solution for bridging the divide between an IP connection and a land line modem? Please post it in the discussion thread for this post.

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9 comments
gijoemarine
gijoemarine

A more efficient solution would depend on the system you connect to through the modem and it's capabilities, to include security. It could be a simple matter of installing or activating an ethernet port. That could either be connected to the base network, or to a commercial internet connection. You'd compile a list of the IP addresses assigned, and then you should be able to Telnet into the system from anywhere.

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

I would set up a workstation (or server) that can be remoted into. Then simply remote into the desktop and have the remote machine dial into the equipment. Bill

Mikki40
Mikki40

You can look at external devices which can be used in voip or try looking at creating a VPN between the two locations and just don't dial the initial connection.

drahman1
drahman1

Hi I believe that this can be achieved using a cisco router wid FXO/FXS card which can be connected to the modem requiring the analog dail and router can be used to connect to internet. You can telnet into router from anywhere and router uses analog dial for modem to connect to ur device.

rh_77
rh_77

I've seen USB dial up modems on www.newegg.com, www.amazon.com, and www.buy.com USB broadband cards are available for all the major cell networks. Also there are adapters that will let an express card be connected to a USB port as well as a serial to USB adapter for older external dial up modems.

julioa.morales
julioa.morales

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