Dial-up Users

dale@ora.com (Dale Dougherty)
From: dale@ora.com (Dale Dougherty)
Message-id: <9310270012.ZM21727@rock.west.ora.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1993 00:12:41 -0700
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Subject: Dial-up Users
I'd like to know of any efforts to expand the Web's reach by
providing greater support for serial dial-up Internet users?  More specifically, 
MacMosaic and Mosaic for Windows ought to be able to function
on systems that are not directly connected to the network.  Right
now, a SLIP/PPP connection is required to use a graphical browser; these
connections are more expensive to obtain and more difficult to install.

What can we do to enable communication over a serial line?  
It seems to me you need two things: a browser that can establish
a connection over a serial line with a net host and a process that
runs on the net host to listen for the browser's requests and act
as a gateway to the network.

This capability would allow the Web to grow enormously. 

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who is thinking about or actually
working on this problem.


Dale Dougherty (dale@ora.com) 
Publisher, Global Network Navigator, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
103A Morris Street, Sebastopol, California 95472 
(707) 829-3762 (home office); 1-800-998-9938