Re: PM, MAX, or USR

Andrew J. Lillie ( (no email) )
Tue, 24 Mar 1998 10:52:57 -0800

I've worked with all of these products. I don't know that I can say which
the most popular is, but I definitely like the Ascend Max product the best
for a number of reasons:
First, it is way more compact than the USR product, and thus takes up less
space and is easier to transport.
Second, the first time config is simpler
Third, they seem to be more easily suitable to special case scenarios, like
doing FrameRelay, K56, and ISDN out of one chassis.
Last, maintainence can all be done from the console (or telnet session) very
easily, unlike the USR or even the PM3 which tend to be easier (or perhaps
need) configuration via an SNMP client.

Granted, this is just my subjective feelings on dealing with the products,
but I think a look up on the technical specs should also put the Ascend as
the front runner.

Andrew J. Lillie
JPS.Net Network Operations
-----Original Message-----
From: John Lange <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 1998 9:16 AM
Subject: PM, MAX, or USR

>We are getting ready to go digital here, (never been done in this GTE
>territory). We are going to convert 145 lines to digital, On GTE's GTD-5
>I am now using PM2e30's with USR Sportsters and all is well. I am
>following the Livingston list and see many people having problems with
>their PM3's. I am sure the ones without problems are quiet.
>What is the more popular product, PM3, Ascend Max ?, USR Total Control
>w/Hyper Cards?
>What are the issues to be dealt with for "Emerald".
>Any suggestions on line padding with each vendor?
>Anyone using AAC Tigris?
>I am wondering if there is a list for USR & Ascend Products.
>All info on this subject is appreciated.
>JOhn :}
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