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Subject: comp.protocols.ppp part7 of 8 of frequently wanted information
This article was archived around: 8 Oct 1996 19:18:39 GMT
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Commercial PPP software
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7. COMMERCIAL PPP SOFTWARE PACKAGES
Before even thinking of reading this document, refer to the disclaimer
in part 1 of the "frequently asked questions".
7.1 Amiga Inet
7.1.1 KRUSE-PPP 1.30 KEYFILE VERSION.
Author Holger Kruse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Public FTP archive on Aminet; ftp to e.g. wuarchive.wustl.edu, cd to
/pub/aminet and read the instruction about the
nearest mirror to you. The necessary keyfile has
to be issued by the author; a registration form is
enclosed with the evalutation version (see
Status Full Version, with configurable Asyncmap.
Supports IPCP, is reported to work with AmiTCP-3.0, AmiTCP-4.x and
AS225R2, claimed to work with AmiTCP-2.3.
More Information available at
7.2 MSDOS with and without MSWindows
7.2.1 COMMERCIAL PPP PACKAGES FOR MS-DOS AND MS-WINDOWS
This information orignally appeared in the December 7th, 1992 issue
of "Open Systems Today", a newspaper published by CMP Publications,
Each of these packages costs around $400 not including volume or other
discounts. Call the vendor for details.
Each of the packages is a complete TCP/IP stack with assorted client
programs, ftp, telnet, etc.., that run under MS-DOS and/or MS-Windows.
The TCP/IP client programs included in each package vary. Some use the
DOS command line (even under MS-Windows) while others have full Windows
GUI interfaces. A PPP client (but not server) is included with each of
126.96.36.199. LAN WorkPlace for DOS 4.1 (see also 7.2.2)
USA: (801) 429-5588
Summary: This is an MS-DOS TSR (Terminate and Stay Ready) solution so it
runs under either MS-DOS or MS-Windows. It includes a program called
"DIALUP" that only allows connections at 8 bits, no parity. You can use
the public domain "kermit" program instead if you need 7 bits, parity
USA: (508) 685-4000
Summary: PC/TCP is an MS-DOS TSR solution that had PPP long before it
was fashionable. Not surprisingly, it was the only non-beta product
available for this review.
Comment: PC/TCP 2.2 was shipped 24/25 March 1993 (information indirectly
through one of their customers.) I copy parts of the feature list:
1. Autoinstall/Autoconfig (graphical interface, easy install)
2. PCTCPNET (mount InterDrives from File Manager)
3. PCNFSD Print Support (multiple print redirection through PCNFSD)
4. Router Discovery - RFC 1256
5. 8K UDP Writes
6. WMSG (Demonstrates IP Multicast)
7. NFS/TCP Support
8. International Character Set Support / Names in InterDrive
9. International Character Set Support / Directory in InterDrive
10. MVSLogin Support for InterDrive
11. TN Mouse and light pen Support
12. VJ Compression for both SLIP and PPP
13. WinSockAPI Meets Final Revision
14. Interdrive EMM Caching Support - use EMM for buffers
15. Inet - Serial line additions debug SLIP and PPP connections
17. Kernel/Netbios Interactions imporved support for LANtastic, LAN MAN
188.8.131.52. Distinct TCP/IP 3.2
USA: (408) 741- 0781
Summmary: This is a Windows DLL solution. Version 3.2 supports Winsock 1.
Nice scripting features and built-in support (stored configuration
strings, basically) for various modems.
Reported to also work with the Novell Winsock stack.
184.108.40.206. Super-PPP for Windows 1.0 beta
Frontier Technologies Corp
USA: (414) 241-4555
Summary: This is a Windows DLL solution that is an optional component of
their Super-TCP for Windows product. Super-TCP comes in both TSR and
DLL flavors but the Super-PPP product is strictly DLL. Very configurable.
Performance notes: If you run PPP under MS-Windows, your performance will
suck (it might not work at all!) unless you have 16550A UARTs in your PC.
If you have an extra card slot, you can add two 16550A ports with the
DSP 550 card from STB Systems, (214) 234-8750. To find out what kind
of UARTs are in your PC, use the program "msd.exe" in your MS-Windows 3.1
install directory or retrieve the program
/published/open-systems-today/uarttype.zip from ftp.uu.net .
Older UARTs are the 8250 or the 16450. These UARTs will work ok under
MS-DOS. A fast CPU helps, though. No performance tests were run because
three of the four packages above are still in beta.
For more information, read the Open Systems Today article and stay
tuned to this FAQ.
220.127.116.11 TechSmith Corporation Enterprise Wide Foray PPP Server
Self-description Foray PPP Server is a low-cost remote access
software solution that runs on MS-DOS and
supports the IP and IPX protocols.
Workstations can dial in over standard telephone
lines to access the corporate Internet
connection as well as other TCP/IP and IPX
LAN resources. Foray PPP Server supports
workstations running Windows 95 and
Windows NT (using their native 32-bit drivers),
standard WINSOCK apps or PPP drivers for
Windows for Workgroups, Mac, OS/2, and
Unix. It supports Windows 95 remote access
features including callback and DNS negotiation.
System administrators can reuse their 386
machines as they migrate to 486, Pentium,
and PowerPC technology. An evaluation
version of Foray PPP Server is available
from our web site at
http://www.techsmith.com. Foray PPP Server
starts at $189.95 for a four port license.
8, 16, and 32 port configurations are also
available. Foray PPP Server may be ordered
from TechSmith Corporation, 3001 Coolidge
Rd., Ste. 400, East Lansing, MI 48823
USA. Please send email to
email@example.com or call
1-800-517-3001 in North America, or
18.104.22.168 TechSmith's Enterprise Wide Foray PPP Client for Microsoft
Windows for Workgroups and Windows 3.1
Self-description Foray PPP Client allows Windows for Workgroups
and Windows 3.1 users to dial in to the same
servers as Windows 95 and Windows NT, accessing
network resources including the corporate Internet
connection. Foray PPP Client supports IP for
TCP/IP networks and IPX for Novell networks, with
deferred connection and autodial support under
Windows. It is an ODI MLID driver and supports
features such as callback and DNS negotiation.
Users can define multiple communications servers to connect to, and use
login scripts for automated access. This initial
release supports PAP authentication.
An evaluation version of Foray PPP Client is available from our web site
at http://www.techsmith.com Foray PPP Client is
$24.95 a copy and ten users at $199.95. Site
licenses are also available.
Foray PPP client may be ordered from TechSmith Corporation, 3001 Coolidge
Rd., Ste. 400, East Lansing, MI 48823 USA.
Please send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
1-800-517-3001 in North America or
Persoft Portable PPP
Self-Description Portable TCP is a Windows Sockets TCP/IP stack
compliant with the Windows Sockets 1.1 API
standard providing users TCP/IP connectivity using
PPP, SLIP, or network adapters. The dialer is
tuned for the needs of a mobile user providing
ppp, slip, cslip
automatic calling card handling
dial on demand
multiple configuration directory
intelligent dialing including international capabilities
dhcp, bootp, & rarp support
ODI, NDIS, PC LAN, Ethernet, Token-Ring support
Retail pricing: $149 / $99 each quantity 10
Persoft Inc. 465 Science Drive Madison, WI 53744-4953 608-273-6000
John Freeborg (email@example.com)
Novell now offers PPP support (asynchronous) in LAN WorkPlace for DOS
version 4.1, and PPP support for synchronous and T1 connections on
NetWare v3.11 servers in the MultiProtocol Router WAN Links option.
NetWare server support for the routing of IP and IPX protocols over
asynchronous dialup lines will be available sometime around mid-1993.
This is an excerpt from LWP41.TXT, a document describing LAN
WorkPlace for DOS v4.1 (the entire text can be found on
sjf-lwp.sjf.novell.com in ~/lwp4dos/lwp41.txt):. You can also try
the marketing blurb from Novells European Support Center.
* SLIP (Serial Line Internet Protocol) and PPP (Point to Point
Protocol) support. SLIP and PPP support is provided in the form
of a custom ODI driver for LAN WorkPlace: SLIP_PPP.COM. This
driver allows the Novell TCP/IP Transport for DOS v4.1 to use
asynchronous connections for IP services required by DOS and
Windows applications. It supports the following:
- Compressed SLIP (C-SLIP) using Van Jacobson TCP/IP header
compression (as described in RFC-1144).
- PPP with support for Van Jacobson TCP/IP header compression
option negotiation and PAP (Password Authentication
Protocol) as described in RFC-1334.
- Support for National Semiconductor's 16550, 16550A, 16450
and 8250 UARTs (Universal Asynchronous Receiver
Transmitter). Use of a 16550 UART is strongly recommended
(and is required for use with Windows at speeds of 9600bps
or greater). NOTE: One can use the Microsoft Diagnostics
program supplied with Windows v3.1 (MSD.EXE) to determine
which type of UART is installed in a PC.
- Interface speeds up to 57,600 bps when used with a
V.32bis/V.42bis modem and 16550A UART.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Meek) clarified on my request, that:
IP is the only protocol supported directly by the LAN WorkPlace
SLIP_PPP driver in this initial release. One can use the IPTUNNEL
LAN driver (also included in LAN WorkPlace) to encapsulate IPX in
UDP/IP and attach to a NetWare v3.11 server running a similar
driver. This "IP Tunneling" mechanism is described in RFC 1234.
Direct IPX support for this PPP driver will be added later, but
the current tunneling mechanism is presently more widely
applicable... since few (if any) PPP implementations are presently
available with support for IPX.
7.2.3 KLOS TECHNOLOGIES PPP ODI DRIVER FOR NOVELL SOFTWARE
Self-description "PPP is a Novell compatible ODI network driver
designed to allow notebook and personal
computers to access network dial-in
services and direct connection via standard
asynchronous serial ports. A packet driver
interface is also provided to support
ethernet packet driver based IP software.
Running under DOS or Windows, PPP supports IP for TCP/IP
networks and IPX for Novell networks. Security is
provided by either the Password
Authentication Protocol (PAP) or
Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol
PPP includes full modem support with Auto-Dial and Demand-
Dial features. Users may define connection
profiles for quick configuration and
access to multiple networks.
Guardian utilities for both DOS and Windows are included to
warn the user of attempts to load large programs
from the remote network.
A demonstration version of PPP is available via anonymous FTP
on the Internet at
on the Klos Technologies BBS at (603) 429-0032.
Single user PPP is priced at $29.95 a copy
and five user at $129.95. PPP is available
immediately and may be ordered from Klos
Technologies, Inc., 604 Daniel Webster Highway,
Merrimack, NH, 03054 (603) 424-8300."
7.3 386/486 PC's with SCO Unix:
7.3.1 SCO UNIX ODT2.0 AND LATER FOR 386/486 PC'S CONTAINS PPP.
7.3.2 MORNING STAR PPP RUNS UNDER SCO UNIX AND ODT (SEE 7.4)
7.4 for lots of computers running some Unix derivate:
Morning Star PPP
Price: $795 (40% discount for .edu)
Supported systems: Sun 4, Sun 3, NeXT, DECstation, RS/6000, SCO
UNIX, ISC UNIX, and Silicon Graphics (for an
actual complete list, look at the
Features demand-dial, scripting, filtering, redial, header
compression, client, server, tunneling, extra
escaping, the ability to work with various
keycard access systems that require user
interaction during the script
Self-description Morning Star claims that their async PPP and
SLIP run fine over UNIX systems' native
serial ports, with no additional hardware
required. For better performance, they recommend
that users of PC-based UNIX systems install
either a serial interface card based on the
NS16550AFN UART, or a multiport "smart" card. They
claim to do async PPP and SLIP/CSLIP as fast
as the underlying UNIX supports (usually
38400), and to do sync PPP up to T1 (1.544Mb/s) or
E1 (Euro-T1, 2.048Mb/s) over their SnapLink.
They provide dynamically-loadable modules for
SunOS 4.1.* and NeXTStep 2.1 and 3.0, so
users needn't even reboot during the installation
7.5 for SUN computers running SunOS
7.5.1 MORNING STAR PPP
7.5.2 BRIXTON PPP
Supported systems: Sun 4
7.5.3 SOLSTICE PPP 3.0.1
Requires SPARC(R) or x86 system running Solaris(R) 2.4 or
later. Works with SPARC onboard serial ports, 3rd
party network interface cards, and with the
SunLink HSI 2.0 board for speeds up to T1/E1 (2
Features synchronous or asynchronous links, CHAP, PAP (RFC
1334), VJ header compression (RFC 1144), PPP
compression (RFC 1661), dynamic IP address
allocation, load sharing; uses multiprocessor
architecture if available
Price $995 (media, doc, and RTU) [in the USA only] for
server on a SPARC desktop. Educational discounts
are available. Client is free.
7.5.4 SOLARIS 2.3
Solaris 2.3 and up contains a ppp module. Most ppl. think dp-3.1 is
riper. You're mileage may vary. The patch for the mishandling of Async
control character mapping (in the LCP and IPCP negotiation) for Solaris
2.3 is patch number 101425 (the current revision level is -01). It
should now be available from your favorite Sun patchetorium (e.g. U.S.
Answer Center, SunSolve, SunService, etc.) This should allow you to
interoperate with PPP that weren't able to deal with this bug such as
the Telebit Netblazers. It also allows interoperation with versions of
PPP that do not support IP address negotiation.
therbert@r2d2.Eng.Sun.COM (Tom Herbert)
7.6 for NeXT
7.6.1 MORNING STAR PPP SEE 7.4
7.7 for Apple Macintosh
Vendor InterCon Systems Corporation 950 Herndon
Parkway, Herndon, VA 22070 USA +1 703 709
5500 (voice), +1 703 709 5555 (fax)
Self-description InterPPP is an implementation of PPP for the
Apple Macintosh that supports both TCP/IP (in
conjunction with MacTCP) and AppleTalk protocols
over PPP, sharing the same PPP connection. Users
can define multiple PPP configurations for use
with different servers or from different
locations, selectable on the fly. InterPPP also
provides extensive logging and monitoring
capabilities which can be useful for
troubleshooting. Price: $99.95 for a single copy,
with discounts available for volume, educational,
or government purchasers.
Contact Phone: 1-800-INT-RCON (1-800-468-7266) in North
America or +1 703 709 5500 worldwide.
Email to "email@example.com"
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