Today, many private lines still exist that use antiquated modems connected to a leased link. Because IP networks are becoming ubiquitous, many private lines and their associated modems can be eliminated, and the traffic sent over the Internet or a company’s own private internet. In some cases, with the growth and ubiquity of IP-based applications running on PC’s, larger hosts and servers, what is needed is no longer a private link but a single device at the outer edge of an internet that mediates from IP to the native protocol being used by the attached end device.
The major problems with the private line circuits are that the modems are old, use outdated technology, are constantly failing, and costly to maintain. In addition, there are usually monthly charges for use of the line. Also, where ground plane isolation is required, the modems used must have this as a feature. Depending on what protocols are being handled, different types of modems are needed. For synchronous protocols, synchronous modems are required, and for asynchronous protocols, asynchronous modems. Typically, the modems on each end should be the same models from the same manufacturer. Depending on their age, they may need to be physically strapped or have switches set before installation.
In the figure above, the modems and private line have been eliminated. Instead, a Datatek DT-4284 is used as an access point to the IP network and it is paired with a port on a Datatek DT-4284 on the other end of the network. The DT-4284 is a multi-protocol device that mediates and/or terminates legacy protocols for interface with an IP network. It has four RS-232 RJ45 user ports and one 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port. However, each DT-4284 user port is independent of the other user ports, so each can be running its own configured protocol and at its own desired speed.
The DT-4284 ports are configured with the same OSI layer 2 protocol used on the private line previously, such as asynchronous for async circuits or HDLC for synchronous circuits, for example. The speed on each DT-4284port is configured but can be easily changed remotely if the physical port on the connected device has the capability of running at a higher speed than what was possible with the modem connected. No ground plane issues exist because Ethernet is being used. Now archaic private modem circuits and their associated maintenance support and troubleshooting are eliminated. The traffic is now transported over the IP cloud.
Benefits of this Solution
This solution provides the following benefits:
1. Provides seamless migration for the protocols handled over the circuits
2. Is cost effective
3. Is efficient
4. Is simple to install and operate.
5. Can be remotely configured or reconfigured after installation.
6. Provides isolated ground planes
7. Uses the existing IP network infrastructure for transport
8. Is reliable and has a low failure rate.
9. Provides optional data encryption
10. Supports various speeds and physical layer interfaces
11. Supports optional Closed User Group (CUG) security
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