PPP Assistant

  1. Overview
  2. Requirements
  3. Setting Up
  4. Operation


PPP Assistant is a special feature of Online Assistant for TeleFinder that makes it easy to manage a leased-line dialup PPP connection.

It ensures that if the PPP connection fails for some reason, the PPP link is reset and the modem will redial your provider. In addition (particularly relevant with Open Transport) it will reset your TCP/IP BBS nodes, the web server and Mail Server's TCP/IP services after the connection has been re-established.

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PPP Assistant needs either FreePPP/MacPPP 2.5 or later or (strongly recommended) Open Transport/PPP 1.0 or later.

Using Open Transport/PPP means that the PPP Assistant is able to determine the status of the link properly, as well as providing reliable redialling if an error occurs during dialling (eg bad handshake, busy or no answer).

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Setting Up

In order to configure PPP Assistant, choose PPP Assistant Settings from the Local Assistance menu.

The following dialog box will appear:

You must enter the following information:

IP/Hostname to Ping
The address of a local host (on your ISP's network) to ping in order to check that the connection is still up.
Interval Between Pings
The interval (in seconds) between attempts to ping the remote host
Ping Timeout
The amount of time the program will wait before deciding that the ping has not been returned.
In order to start PPP Assistant (once), select Start PPP Assistant Now from the Local Assistance menu. If you would like PPP Assistant to start with OAT, check Start PPP Assistant on Program Startup from the Local Assistance menu.

PPP Assistant can be stopped by clicking on the task in the Task Window and selecting End Task.

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