On Tue, 26 Jun 2001, Doug Brooks wrote: > > Robert, > > What is the status of your attempts at providing DSL service through Qwest? > I seem to recall you were trying to set that up but I lost track of how it > was going. > > Doug Brooks Qwest gave me improper specifications for router equipment to connect to the DSL link. I ordered equipment based upon those specifications. Last Friday I got a call from them telling me that they were trying to set it up but to do ATM on a serial port one needed an external DSU that did DXI encapsulation. Our existing router can do ATM that way so if that was what was needed then it made no sense going with the Cisco at all.. except... I got corrected information from Qwest yesterday and what is needed in the Cisco router is an ATM board which has a built in DSU rather than just the internal CSU/DSU. The only units I've found thus far that do the DXI encapsulation are very expensive, so a Cisco with ATM board may be less expensive than the external unit. I don't know yet, I've got a couple of firms that are preparing quotes. Using our existing router is the preferred route from my perspective because it means that it would only be one hop to the backbone which should make for good performance, there won't be any place where data touches a local LAN so zero opportunity for sniffing data, and I already am familiar with it so we'll be able to get up to speed providing service quicker. Another factor, of the routers they are recommended the fastest CPU is a single 80mhz, and I've got the dual 80mhz CPE for the 3Com plus the peripherals are smart and offload most of the work from the CPU's and I've got enough serial cards for 11 ports so we've got a lot of room for expansion if we go that route. But that's where we are at, things are delayed because the initial information I was given is wrong and unfortunately I haven't had past experience with ATM so I didn't know better. Live and learn.