ISDN stands for
"Integrated Services Digital Networks". ISDN is basically
the telephone network turned all-digital end-to-end, using existing
switches and wiring (for the most part) upgraded so that the basic
"call" is a 64 kbps end-to-end channel. Equipment known as a
Terminal Adapter (TA) can be used to adapt these channels to existing
terminal equipment standards. This equipment is typically packaged in
a similar fashion to modems, either as standalone units or as
interface cards (NICs) that plug into a computer. Terminal Adapters do
not inter-operate with the modem; they replace the modem.
An ISDN phone line is
capable of 64kbps, however depending on location, ISDN connections to
KansasNet may be either 56kbps or 64kbps. Regular ISDN dial-up
access to KansasNet is the same price as the "Surfer"
account in the dial-up area.
ISDN connections can be made using one or two channels (lines).
Using two ISDN channels lets the end-user achieve a 128k
connection to our network (or 112kbps in areas where only
56kbps/channel ISDN access is allowed). When using dual-channel
ISDN, the cost of access to KansasNet is increased two-fold.
(2-channel ISDN dial-up is two times the cost of a "Surfer"
ISDN lines are provided by
your local telephone company. You will need to contact your
telco to check on ISDN channel availability.
There are other costs
associated with this service. First,
the end-user needs to have an ISDN “modem.”
A basic Terminal Adapter (modem) is can cost between $50 - $250
and can be purchased from a computer
sales center. Second,
the phone company needs to install the ISDN lines at the user's
location. ISDN lines are provided by your local telephone
company. You will need to contact your telco to check on ISDN
Dedicated ISDN Access
KansasNet can also provide
dedicated ISDN access. This
means that the ISDN channels and computer are connected online
24/7 with no interruption. For
$175/month per channel, we
can provide dedicated dial-up ISDN access in most areas where we
contact us to check availability of regular
or dedicated ISDN access in your area.