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The Question is:

I am running motief on my vaxstation 400 vlc and have pc & mac hooked
together with ethernet my micro vax 3100 mod 10 is also connected.  I
currently sucribe to a provider who gives me internet service by
modem. can I benifit using a prouduct that hooks to the bnc cable of
my ethernet and what software is needed to use the vlc to also access
the internet?  I found netblazer LS for $1000 but wonder if getting
this product will speed up my internet \ service, I have 16 mb on the
vlc and with pathworks for mac running swap out to disk.

The Answer is:

   You will want to check with the Internet access provider and determine
   what sort of access is available, and what sorts of speeds and line
   connections are supported, and what sorts of protocols are supported.
   If the provider supports it, ISDN and T1 circuits are both likely rather
   faster than your current connection.  Also possible are connections such
   as X.25.

   The BNC you refer to is likely a Thinwire Ethernet or IEEE 802.3 network
   connection, and while Ethernet is faster than a dial-up, ISDN or T1
   connection, one would need to acquire an IP, PPP or SLIP-capable network
   router or brouter that can connect to both the local Thinwire Ethernet
   and to a point-to-point (synchronous or asynchronous) connection to the
   Internet access provider.  The local end of the point-to-point link
   also requires a provider-specified modem and (potentially) DSU/CSU.

   To use IP over the local Ethernet/802.3 network, one needs an IP package
   such as DEC TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS (UCX).  A license for UCX package
   is included with recent NAS releases.  X.25 likely requires DECnet OSI.