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  Hello.

   Just wondering if there is any (undocumented or unknown by VICOM tech help) way of getting the VICOM Internet Gateway to work with two outgoing modems or ISDN lines.

   I have two ISDN lines hooked up to a single Mac with the VICOM software but the software won't load balance between the two so one sits idle. Besides setting up another computer with the software and an ISDN line is there anyway to get what I want?

   Has anyone seen if it's possible for the software to not set a port as a default port? Or is it possible to use the "Host Access Rights" feature to have clients roll over to the non-default port? Or is it possible to get two versions of the software running on the same computer?

   Anybody out there trying/tried this?

   BTW -- I have a Quadra 840av, MacOS 8 and version 3.8.8 or the VICOM Internet Gateway software.

   Thanks.
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I have been trying to get vicom to load balance two modems for about 2 years now. Ive even talked to vicoms techs and its not possible. Unix, windows NT, and upcoming Rhapsody will load balance by default but those are either not available or unusable/unfriendly. Currently there is no way to load balance modems under macOS without using some form of unix (or win NT under VPC). I even talked to a programmer about creating software to do this and his reply was "Its not worth my time". He had done something similar with a commadore and 4 300 baud modems and found the overhead was not worth the increased speed. anyway thats the info i have. if youve collected any more info please SHARE!! There seems to be a small group of us working on this so any info youve got would be cool. oh yeah....vicom ALWAYS picks a default port so thats not an option.
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weed,

      I tried something the other day and I think I might have been on to something but haven't had time to go back and experiment more.

      What I did was copy the folder I have VICOM Internet Gateway in. I took ResEdit, went into the copy of VIG and changed the STR resource that tells the name of the preferences file. I then made a copy of the VIG prefences in the system folder and changed the name to what I put in ResEdit.

      I booted up the copy of VIG and the orignal VIG. On the origignal copy of VIG I made the ethernet port 192.168.1.100 and had it use the ISDN on the printer port. On the copy of VIG I made the ethernet port 192.168.2.100 and had it use the ISDN on the modem port.

      I was then able to set a client to use the router 192.168.2.100 and had it go through the ISDN on the modem port while other clients were still using the original router (192.168.1.100) and the ISDN on the printer port.

      Like I said, I didn't have long to test how effective it was so if you try it and it doesn't work right don't blame me. Of course, if you get this to work, feel free to let me know :)

      Later.



- joshj

 
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i JUST came across this page! theres finally a page for this! http://www.ditell.com/~bjkobler/ModemDoubling/...hes got some more info.
also i went over your previous idea. it works if you dont want to combine the power of two to download ONE file. it works like a dream if you want to download TWO files at the same time.
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