Quick question about dialing into the server

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Douglas McIver, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. We have two salespeople who will be out of the office with notebooks for a
    few months. We would like to set it up so they can dial into the office and
    check their email, websurf etc...

    If I buy a 56K External (USB) modem, and connect it to the server, will that
    work fine? Can anyone recommend the hardware/setup that I will need for

    Douglas McIver, Apr 21, 2004
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  2. Douglas McIver

    Guest Guest

    Guest, Apr 21, 2004
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  3. I am thinking of the US Robotics 56K External. However, I have used one
    once before but when I dialed into it, my speed was only 31.2. How can I
    get it to the full 53K?

    Douglas McIver, Apr 21, 2004
  4. Hi Doug,

    Installing a modem is an option, but IMHO I'd explore all other options

    1. If the salespeople book hotel rooms with internet access, they can use
    RWW and/or OWA.

    2. Wireless hotspots. A.K.A Starbucks (and similar).

    3. If the salespeople cannot reliably or consistently find broadband access,
    then they can use a modem to connect to an ISP, then use RWW and/or OWA.
    Many telcos offer toll-free or roaming internet access. You'll have to
    contact them to find out what options you have.
    Les Connor [SBS MVP], Apr 21, 2004
  5. Douglas McIver

    Guest Guest


    The speed depends on the wiring. If you are using CAT5e cable for your
    phones on both ends, then you should be able to connect around 42-45k. You
    really can't get a full 56k connection.

    If you have internet access, would VPN not be a better solution? This way
    your field guys could dial into an ISP and then VPN into your network and
    you don't even need to expose the server by having a modem attached to it.

    Guest, Apr 21, 2004
  6. Douglas McIver

    Doug Guest

    I should have cleared it up when I meant Salespeople. The company I am
    working for is building two buildings in Houston, and they have a small
    trailer at each job site. They will not have internet access in the
    trailer, but they will have a fax line that they can use to dial out to.

    Here is what I vision. The user will dial into the SBS when he is onsite,
    then go to Outlook Web to view his mail messages. We don't want him to
    download the messages to the notebook, since he has a workstation in our
    main office.

    Doug, Apr 21, 2004
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