Net Connector

Net Connector is a Dial-Up Networking (RAS) utility designed to simplify Internet access and to manage unattended Internet activity.  It has the ability to open a connection, launch an external program, monitor the connection to make sure it stays open, and close the connection when the launched program has ended.  This entire process can be initiated by a desktop shortcut or from a task scheduler, allowing internet tasks to be performed without any user interaction.

There are a number of different ways to use Net Connector. The simplest way is to use Net Connector as a convenience utility while surfing the web. Net Connector makes is easy to create a desktop shortcut which will take you directly to a frequently used web site, and while you're there will make sure your connection remains open. And you don't have to worry about remembering to close the connection when you're done, because Net Connector takes care of this automatically. No more missed calls or extra online charges due to a forgotten active connection!

Alternatively, many small (and not so small) businesses rely on Internet or Intranet server software which require a constant Dial-Up Networking connection. Net Connector takes care of this, as well, by constantly monitoring the connection and redialing if the connection is accidentally lost due to user action, sever time-out, or any other cause.

Probably the most popular use for Net Connector, however, is for unattended network activity, such as automatic file transfers, backups, email sending and receiving and the like. Using your favorite scheduling program, such as System Agent (part of Microsoft Plus), or Task Scheduler in Windows 2000, Net Connector can be set to run at any desired time. When it starts, Net Connector can establish a connection and then launch your file transfer program, batch file, or whatever. When the program is finished running, Net Connector will close out the connection and exit, all without user interaction. If for some reason a connection cannot be established, Net Connector will close at the end of its time-out period, so your program won't execute without a connection (possibly causing it to hang), and the port and line won't be tied up indefinitely.

Don't be fooled by Net Connector's apparent simplicity. It can be a powerful business tool, and is used by several major corporations to keep their network programs running smoothly.

Here's an example of how your business might use Net Connector:

Let's say your business involves a number of retail outlets in different locations.  You will undoubtedly want each outlet to transmit it's sales transaction activity to your headquarters on a regular basis, probably daily.  Net Connector can handle this chore for  you.  Just install Net Connector on one computer in each store, and configure it to connect to your company server.  Once connected, Net Connector will run your batch file, file transfer program, or other data synchronization program, and then close the connection.  Schedule this operation for any convenient time, say after the store has closed for the day, and you're done!  You won't have to worry about someone "forgetting" to send the data, and you won't have any telephone lines tied up during business hours, either.

What if your transaction reporting system can't be fully automated?  Net Connector may still be useful to your business.  For instance, if your business uses a browser based reporting system, you want to make it as easy to use as possible.  Let's face it, your store personnel may not be the most sophisticated computer users (their job is sales, not computers).  Net Connector is so easy to use that some ISP's routinely recommend it to their new Internet novice customers.  It can be pre-configured and remotely installed by your system administrator to provide your employees one-click access to your company's data reporting page, and will make sure the connection is shut down at the end of the session.  Phone lines are a valuable asset, and you don't want them wasted because someone forgot to close the connection.

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