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comp.protocols.ppp part7 of 8 of frequently wanted information

This document contains information about the Internet Point-to-Point Protocol, including a bibliography, a list of public domain and commercial software and hardware implementations, a section on configuration hints and a list of frequently asked questions and answers on them. It should be read by anybody interested in connecting to Internet
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7.1 Amiga Inet

  Author                  Holger Kruse <>
   Public FTP archive     on Aminet; ftp to e.g., 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


  This information orignally appeared in the December 7th, 1992 issue
of "Open Systems Today", a newspaper published by CMP Publications,
(516) 562-5882.

  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
these packages.  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
  connections.  PC/TCP
    FTP Software
    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
    16. Kerberos/Ktelnet
    17. Kernel/Netbios Interactions imporved support for LANtastic, LAN MAN  Distinct TCP/IP 3.2
    Distinct Inc.
    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.  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/ from .
  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. 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
                        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
                or call
                         1-800-517-3001         in North America, or
                     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 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
                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
                         many features:
       ppp, slip, cslip
       automatic calling card handling
       dial on demand
       script recorder
       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 (
   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 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:
           -  SLIP
           -  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. (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.
  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:

7.4 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

   see above.
   Supported systems: Sun 4
     Features: demand-dial
  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

7.7 for Apple Macintosh

  7.7.1 INTERPPP
  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.
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