Put your AS/400 on the Internet, through your PC!
From Roger Pence's AS/400 Letter on Windows, Workgroups and the Web, June 19, 2000. Provided courtesy of The 400 Group.
If you need to connect your AS/400 to the Internet, you might want to try using a PC-based firewall with built-in routing capabilities to route your AS/400 to the Internet through your local dial-up PC connection.
Tiny Software's WinRoute Pro firewall is easy to install and provides just what you need to route your AS/400 to the Internet through your PC's dial-up connection. (You need the Pro version to get routing capabilities.) WinRoute ranges from $199 for 1-5 users and up to $719 for an unlimited number of users.
Because WinRoute offers Network Address Translation (NAT), it keeps your internal IP addresses from being visible on the Internet by intruders. After performing simple WinRoute configuration, you can route your AS/400 to the Internet through your local PC by using adding a TCP/IP route (ADDTCPRTE). Performing a dial-up through WinRoute quickly puts your AS/400 on the Internet.
The result is that for $200, you can safely and easily route your AS/400 to the Internet through your local PC. This lets you use products such as RJS Software System's Email Report Server/400 to e-mail AS/400 reports without worrying about any AS/400 Internet or SMTP configuration. All in all, ERS/400 and WinRoute Pro make a nice simple solution for AS/400 shops that need a simple system for e-mailing AS/400 reports and don't want to mess with the vagaries of creating an AS/400 Internet connection.
This was first published in July 2000