Hi and thanks to everybody who has replied to my note about Compuserve.
I hope you get this reply - I sent five queries and apparently they did
not all arrive (some people only got one, and some people got the 5th
followed by the 4th; I got none :( but I digress...)
I had four replies from people successfully allowing Compuserve
access. Nobody said they had considered it but decided against,
and nobody was aware of any problems. So far so good...
I also had a few queries asking what i was talking about, so:
You can connect to Compuserve via the Internet instead of a
dial-up link. You do this by configuring your software to use WINSOCK
and giving it the name of a Compuserve gateway. The s/ware then
talks to Compuserve's TCP PORT 4144 (that's a rough summary).
I guess the benefit of this is that you can access Compuserve so
long as you have access to the Internet, without having to pay phone
bills (unless your Internet connection is a dial-up one ;) ). So this
could be an advantage to companies with direct Internet access.
A couple of people said they thought that Internet access only
provided a limited Telnet-type connection. As far as I could tell
the access via PORT 4144 gives full Compuserve functionality -
I can't tell for sure because i'm not a great Compuserve user,
but one of my respondents certainly thought this. It's certainly
more than just Telnet. Note that you may need a certain level of
In summary: a number of people are doing it, there are no known
probs, and you can plug-gw it.
Hope this helps,
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