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Throttling down a LAN?

By BillHarr ·
I've got a client who wants to bring a remote store into the LAN (realtime via a VPN using ISDN or bonded ISDN - for 256K - at one end and wireless at another) as a Peachtree client, but we want to test this on the LAN before they buy into these somewhatexpensive solutions.

Peachtree can't tell us how much bandwidth we really need to work smoothly with this kind of setup, so we're looking for a method at throttling one of the sales stations on the LAN down to various increments between 128 -256K. Anyone know of software that will do this? Anyone ever connected a Peachtree client in a similar way? Only the data is served; they use Win98 Peer2Peer services; only 3 systems will be accessing the data set for this store (2 sales stations at the store and 1 bookkeeper at the main office); everyone has lots of RAM (64 on sales & 128Mb on backoffice) & plenty fast CPU's (350MHz & above).

Any help would be appreciated -- thanks...

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by sfoss In reply to Throttling down a LAN?

What is the maximum bandwidth of the wireless\Remote Site??

A cheap test would be to use serial cable and mapped links accross Direct-Cable Connection under WIN9X. Depending on your wireless, is probably about the same bandwidth. (Newer Serial Ports do 256Kbps if I'm not mistaken. Serial port baud setting could be used for throttle)

I wish I could recommend a peice of software that would do bandwidth throttling. That would be very handy software.

Odd solutions, but might do the trick. Same feel as wireless i'm sure.

A telnet accessible accounting software makes more sense here. Obvious I know....

Windows2000 Server Terminal Server work?

Even old WindowsNT Terminal Server? A client ran Peachtree from a WINNT TermServer for5 Remote Offices. Needs ALOT of RAM or it will choke and die. Otherwise, seemed to work fine.

Luck....

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by BillHarr In reply to Throttling down a LAN?

Here it is a year later and still no solution to fit this client's budget. But, we're getting closer. The two remote stores are in Redding & Auburn, CA (near Sacremento) and we keep hearing louder rumors about impending broadband service there, so maybe soon...

The throttle down solution proposed by sfoss@computersolutions.com helped. I set up a direct connection between a laptop and the bookkeepers system using a null-modem cable and tried various speeds below 256k and all were impossibly slow. There was no way to really measure the connection speed but it obviously slowed it down. And I'm still looking for a utility program that will allow me to do it on a lan, give me various speeds to try and then chart out measureable differences. Anyone seen one yet??

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