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Using VB to acces the AS\400 through TCP/IP

Currently i am accessing the AS\400 via ICF using Netsoft router.  This is done using E32APPC routine.  When using this to try and connect to the AS\400 through a TCP/IP router it doesn't work.
Can anyone help??  And give me a routine that will allow connection through TCP/IP, or maybe some advice.  ICF is the only way we communicate with RPG as we find it the safest way.  So no comments on using ODBC or any other format please.

Thanks

Chris
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CRICEAuthor Commented:
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TGBCommented:
Try putting this question in the AS/400 section. I don't think the VBguys here know enough about the As/400 to answer this question.
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AzraSoundCommented:
i consulted some of my os400 guru buddies and i'll try to report back the best i can what they told me.  they dont do a lot of porting between vb and rpg so i dont know how up to date their knowledge is of the matter.  they seemed to only know of using appc as you use currently with icf.  however they dont seem to believe that this will work with tcp/ip even though they predict with the popularity of tcp/ip nowadays it should only be a matter of time before ibm develops something that will apply to this situation.  using a direct tcp/ip wont work because the translations that the icf does to allow vb and rpg to communicate isnt present with just a plain tcp/ip connection. they seemed to believe the only alternative would be some third party software that would make it compatible.  asna visual rpg is supposed to be quite good except for the big draw back that they didnt include external data structures compatibility in their software.  if you have more specific questions about any of this let me know and i will inquire about it for you.  i probably misquoted my sources plenty as it is already.   =)
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CRICEAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much for your time in finding this information out for me.  Is it the netsoft software that is incompatible with TC/IP to ICF communication or is it the ICF communication that is incompatible with TC/IP (if any of that makes sensce).
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AzraSoundCommented:
i will ask them in particular about the netsoft software but from what i understood, only the appc protocol supports icf transfers at this time.  but as tcp/ip is becoming the norm and everyone is developing using tcp/ip, we should expect to see icf available for tcp/ip in the near future.  as far as they knew, there is no way to acheive this solely through tcp/ip, but only through another third party software that provides direct communication or some other means to communicate with rpg on the 400.
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AzraSoundCommented:
http://www.as400.ibm.com/tcpip/

i found this. don't know if its of any interest but its an ibm product allowing as400 users to link to tcp/ip networks

if theres anything else you want me to find out for you let me know
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CRICEAuthor Commented:
Cheers for all your help, it's been much appreciated.

I did actually discover a way of dealing with the TCP/IP problem.  I have set up a NetSoft Anynet router which allows the VB APPC routine to work with the TCP/IP connection.

I'm giving you the point's, because you have spent a lot of time looking at this problem for me.

Thanks

Chris.
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AzraSoundCommented:
thanks for the points. i'm just glad you got the thing working.  

cheers
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