In an effort to shave costs, we have recently tried BayNetwork Remote
Access 5399 and 8000 units. I am here to tell you that BayNetwork does not
understand the Market. Their product was so complicated that I finally
printed the 1800 page manual and it took nearly two weeks of configuring to
get the thing to accept calls. Now that I am more used to it, they have
some VERY powerful capabilities, but it makes Cisco look like a cakewalk in
the initial configs. I mean this thing has an http server, ftp server,
finger server, telnet, temperature readouts.... everything. But don't
expect to make it run right away, and don't try using the "Quick Config"
utility that is shipped with the unit... It doesn't work!
One last item.... Compatibility. The Bay Boxes have PISS POOR
compatibility with older modems. Specifically, they will NOT connect to
USR (Manufaturer or OEM models) with Eprom dates of 5/30/96. This includes
the TI manufactured Telelink II modems used by Gateway and 10 other leading
compatible vendors and includes at least 15% of our customers. Even though
the problem is actually a USR bug, I have never had a problem with these
users until the Bay units arrived....
I am currently running the Livingston V.90 beta code. Unlike normal, they
released the beta code for general testing. Although the code works well,
I get an occasional problem where the PM3 will simply stop authenticating.
A code update is expected soon. The previous 56Flex release did not have
these problems. BayNetworks has not released any V.90 code.
Bottom Line... We have $100K of Bay equipment that is being exchanged for
PM3/4's. For the ISP... BAY SUCKS!
On the positive note - They have Very responsive support (not free) without
which these boxes would have been dumped when they arrived.
At 10:51 AM 7/8/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I will be upgrading our NAS to do 56k and have found that populating my max
>with 56k cards would cost more than buying a new max already populated with
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