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- REMOTE ACCESS
INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE ACCESS
The Remote Access BBS-package has been written by Andrew Milner, and
is released by Wantree Development. The current version of Remote
Access (RA) is 2.01.
RemoteAccess should run on any IBM 80x86 compatible computer. The only
two programs you will need in addition to the release package are DOS
3.x and a FOSSIL driver (the FOSSIL is a memory-resident program that
many communications packages use to communicate with the modem). Two
FOSSILs that have been successfully tested with RemoteAccess are Ray
Gwinn's X00, and David Nugent's BNU. Either of these should be readily
available from any local bulletin board. You will also need a modem
that is capable of accepting Hayes-type commands. The minimum memory
requirement is approximately 350K, but 512K is recommended.
WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF REMOTE ACCESS?
At the time of this release, there's no known address (Internet,
FidoNet, BBS, or `snail mail') provided for Andrew Milner.
Any one with information on how to contact the author please send
e-mail to BBSFAQ@AOL.COM or firstname.lastname@example.org
The archive containing the Shareware version of Remote Access doesn't
contain a separate list of features. The registered version does. It
has one at the beginning of the manual that is sent to you after
registration. You should keep in mind that this list is taken from the
manual of the professional version, which differs from the registered
shareware version in a few respects. Please refer to the registration
topic of this section for an overview of the extra features of the
To find out which features aren't available in the non-registered
version, you'll have to skim through the RA.DOC file you'll find in
the RA_201 archive. The non-registered version isn't crippled in any
way. The only difference is, it does not include a few features the
registered version offers, but does not interfere with the BBS
+ Full-screen integrated configuration environment.
+ Multi-node; supports up to 250 users concurrently.
+ Full Local Area Network (LAN) support including enhanced functions
under NetBIOS compatible LANs.
+ Support for DESQview, DoubleDOS, MultiLink, PC-MOS/386, TopView
and Windows multitaskers.
+ Support for detection and time-slicing for OS/2.2xx.
+ Supports multi-line on-line messages between nodes.
+ Full system and user audit security logging.
+ Support for the popular FidoNet technology.
+ Direct support for high speed modems up to 38,400 baud.
+ Full support for 16550 buffered serial I/O devices.
+ Built-in screen blanker while in "wait for call" mode.
+ Automatic remote ANSI detection (supports terminal programs that
are ANSI X3.64 compliant).
+ Support for Interactive EMSI automated log-on and user parameter
detection, eliminating the need for users to enter their name and
password at log-on.
+ XMS swapping support.
+ Support FAX/Modem operation and can be used in conjunction with
FAX software to receive incoming faxes as well as BBS callers.
+ Provision to create custom log entries using a menu function.
+ Supports the FSC-0035 Internet gating specification.
+ Databased file system providing fast responses.
+ Up to 65535 separate file areas, each with it's own configurable
set of characteristics including upload, download and file list
security and flag settings, file group assignments, and more.
+ Supports the most popular file transfer protocols.
+ Full support for single and multi-disc CD-ROM devices used in the
+ Interface system to install up to fifteen external protocols.
+ Fully configurable file ratio system allows the Sysop to decide
what criteria must be met in order for users to download files.
+ Optional 'no download' peak hours time slot.
+ Optional 'upload reward' system.
+ Checks for duplicate uploads globally (configurable for each file
+ Optional scan for new files at log-on (with or without file tagging).
+ Ability to flag any file as free and/or password protected.
+ Ability to specify a list of known files which may not be uploaded.
+ Internal support for external bi-directional transfer protocols.
+ Provision that allows users to download a text file containing the
descriptions of their downloads.
+ 65535 seperate security levels.
+ 255 separate user groups which can be used to completely segregate
groups of users.
+ Security filter allows the Sysop to specify a list of undesirable
user names and phone numbers.
+ Provision for users to leave a message to the system operator after
a password log-on failure.
+ Optional forced password change every certain number of calls.
+ Each message area may be defined as local, EchoMail of NetMail area.
+ Full FidoNet point aware.
+ Full FidoNet nodelist support, including comprehensive on-line
+ Full outgoing NetMail accounting, and complete control over
individual destination node costing.
+ Two seperate message database formats (JAM and Hudson) can be
defined and used simultaneously.
+ Definable origin line and network address for each message area.
+ 'High-read' message marker maintained for every user in every area.
+ Full reply quoting capability, in both the full screen and internal
line message editors.
+ Ability for users to send files with messages to other users.
+ Group Mail feature allows users of a certain security level to post
'blanket' messages to users based on user group or security level.
+ Support for carbon copies within message areas.
+ Support for message and/or NetMail return receipts.
+ Provision to restrict access to message areas based on user age.
+ Combined message areas allow users to define their own 'folder' of
+ Configurable message area status including private, public,
private/public, read-only and no-reply settings, applicable to each
individual message area.
+ Full user-to-user chat capabilities.
+ Supports up to 125 seperate simultaneous conferences.
+ Extended managment functions for conference moderators.
External Program Support (Doors)
+ Ability to generate almost any required interface file.
+ Support for locked high speed modems.
+ 'Memory Swap' feature can swap the main program to XMS, EMS, or
disk file, leaving only 3 kilobytes resident during a shell.
+ Full support for the 52-line extended DOOR.SYS exit file standard.
System Operator On-Line Functions
+ Range of 'hot-key' functions available, including lockout, shell to
DOS, and log to printer.
+ Complete user attribute editor available or making changes to users
while they are on-line.
+ Provision to use alternate paging tunes.
+ Network manager utility provides complete control over a busy
+ Fully multi-lingual (up to 100 languages).
+ Comprehensive script language for building custom interactive
+ Complete control over menus and general system layout.
+ Hotkeys or command-stacking selectable per user.
+ 'Shell to mailer' feature for quick startup from a front end
+ Full ANSI and AVATAR level 0+ terminal emulation support.
+ Global menu commands.
+ Comprehensive range of text files displayed automatically under
+ Comprehensive set of text file control codes allow you to display
system and user data and change certain system settings directly
from within text files.
+ Support for 'once only' user bulletins at the system, message area
and file area levels.
You may try RA for a period of three weeks on a trial basis in order
to determine it's suitability for your particular application. After
this period you must register each copy of Remote Access that you run
simultaneously. Multi-line installations that share a common file base
and have the same name need only register one copy. Site and Group
registrations are available, and are dealt with on a case by case
Registration can be done in two ways, depending on the kind of system
you are running. There is a shareware and a professional registration.
For a shareware registration a system must be physically run from a
noncommercial site. A site is considered to be noncommercial only if
it is a private residence at which no commercial activities are
NOTE: As of this release, the shareware version only supports a
maximum of two (2) nodes. The Professional version supports up to 250.
Shareware Registration can be done at the following sites, at the
AUSTRALIA: AUD60 CANADA: CDN60
C/- Terry Harvey C/- Royce Jones
PO Box 593 PO Box 1825
Burwood NSW 2134 Bracebridge ON
USA: $50 CONTINENTAL EUROPE: DM90
C/- Ed Meloan C/- Frank Altenburg
1110 Terrace Circle Drive Wickopweg 9
North Augusta SC 29841 64289 Darmstadt
ASIA: AUD60 or equivalent UNITED KINGDOM: GBP33
C/- Teo Chee Kian C/- FlightPath BBS
PO Box 0685 PO Box 268
Bukit Merah Central Hounslow TW5 9PZ
SINGAPORE 9115 UNITED KINGDOM
Cheques and money orders should be made payable to the person at
your registration site.
Please include either a FidoNet address or a stamped, self-addressed
envelope so that receipt of your payment can be acknowledged.
A professional registration applies to every system that is physically
run from a commercial site (ie. the site is NOT a private residence,
or commercial activities are conducted at the site). The professional
version includes three modules that are not available in the shareware
1. Real-Time Conferencing - supporting up to 250 users concurrently,
featuring public/private/password-protected conferences,
conference moderators and sub-conferences.
2. RANETMGR - The RemoteAccess Network Manager, a utility designed
to give you complete control over a busy multi-node system.
Dynamically view the status of each node as users log on and off,
what each user is doing, broadcast messages to any combination of
nodes and automatically take any combination of nodes down for
3. RAEdit - A fully functional, specially customised and registered
version of GEdit, a premium full-screen message editor.
The professional version supports up to 250 nodes and 100 languages,
while the shareware version supports a maximum of eight languages and
You can always get the latest shareware version of RemoteAccess and
technical support from the following systems:
Terry Harvey Teo Chee Kian
The Eagles Interact BBS
Sydney AUSTRALIA SINGAPORE
(02) 745 3190 V32 V42 +65 5817024
USA and Canada: (North American RemoteAccess Support group)
Bruce Bodger Geoffrey Booher
The TruckStop BBS The Gateway Net BBS
Tulsa OK Freeport IL
918 254 6618 815 233 5008
Royce Jones Bob R.
DAKIN BBS The Anonymous BBS
Bracebridge Ontario Menomonee Falls WI
705 646 2726 414 251 2580
Mike Ehlert Jim Ray
Pacific Coast Micro FileQuest
Thousand Oaks CA Waco TX
805 494 9386 817 662 2361
Jim Roe Ben Hamilton
Middle Earth The Computer Connection
Austin TX Copperas Cove TX
512 835 4848 817 547 7711
918 665 3500
Europe and others: (European RemoteAccess Support Group)
Adrian Pop Can Dogancan
Airtel Remote Access Skylight BBS
Copthorne ENGLAND Istanbul TURKEY
+44 342 717800 +90 1 414 3019
John barton Barnabas Michael Stenander
The Caring BBS The Falcon BBS
South Ockendon ENGLAND Frederiksberg DENMARK
+44 708 670068 +45 31 87 63 35
Joerg Dassler Frank Altenburg
RA Support HQ DIE BOX
Darmstadt GERMANY GERMANY
+49 911 752799 +49 6151 710809
Peter Hermann Ugo Uggetti
DataComm I/II Venus
Braunschweig GERMANY Pavia ITALY
+49 531 13216 +39 382 579981
Matej Mihelic Ville Valpasvuo
R.I.S.P. The Bermuda Triangle
Ljubljana SLOVENIA FINLAND
+38 61 199400 +358 14 434695
Peter Janssens Robert Soubie
EasyBoard Venray Port de la Lune
Venray THE NETHERLANDS Gradignan FRANCE
+31 4780 12428 +33 56 89 51 12
Clive Jones Tony van den Bogaert
Alberton SOUTH AFRICA Antwerp BELGIUM
+27 11 9001118 +32 3 3663457
SWRAS (Swedish RemoteAccess Support Group):
Malte Erikson Johan Nilsson
Odens Sal Starbase 42
Onsala SWEDEN Helsingborg SWEDEN
+46 300 29436 +46 42 112714
Rolle Meltzer Mats Wallin
The "TOWER" of Helsingborg FrontDoor Help Europe
Helsingborg SWEDEN Hagersten SWEDEN
+46 42 242480 +46 8 6453285
U.K. (United Kingdom RemoteAccess Support Group):
Mark Anderson Gary Smith
Dregal RemoteAccess FlightPath
+44 279 444433 +44 81 759 7775
Adrian Pop Mark Kerr
Airtel Yukon Ho!
+44 342 717800 +44 232 768163
Dave Parker Edward Hobson
Frontier The Power House
+44 737 778607 +44 829 782667
WHERE CAN I DOWNLOAD REMOTE ACCESS ON THE INTERNET?
The shareware version of Remote Access 2.01 is available on the
Internet at the following sites:
- NIC.FUNET.FI (in /pub/msdos/communications/bbs/RA_201.ZIP);
Renegade is a bulletin board program written by Cott Lang for DOS
systems. It can run on an 80186 in 285k ram, but a 386DX-25 with 2
megs RAM is a more adequate minimum. The actual full install minus any
modifications is around one megabyte on a hard disk.
+ Unlimited message length
+ Built-in QWK-Style Offline Mail System
+ Full Screen editor with powerful editing features
or easy-to-use line editor
+ Convert incoming archives to the archive of your choice
+ Allows use of external scanning programs for virus protection
+ Use external and bi-directional protocols
+ Automatically imports FILE_ID.DIZ and DESC.SDI descriptions
Easy & Configurable Front End Shuttle Logon
+ Makes it so new users can apply without seeing the actual system
+ QWK-Mail users can do their packet transfers without having to
go through the entire logon process.
Local & Remote Sysop Control
+ Password protect local console and remote sysop functions
+ Complete system control from remote
+ FidoNet support (node addresses) for message bases
+ QWK Defined message bases for QWK networking
+ Seperate taglines for each message base
+ Supports Digiboard 8-node boards and networks
+ Maximize timeslicing under OS/2, Windows, and DesqView
+ Full-featured Teleconferencing system
Multiple Welcome and Menu Screens
+ Menus made in ANSI format with any ANSI drawing package
+ Easy modifications allow user-selectable menus
+ Random and daily menu display capability
Configurable Color Selections for Sysops and Users
+ Users can select from a predefined set of colors for various
things such as message, prompt, and text color.
+ Detects RIP, ANSI, AVATAR, and VT-100 on login
+ IEMSI auto-login detected
+ Generate one of 6 different drop files:
DOOR.SYS, CHAIN.TXT, DORINFOx.DEF,
PCBOARD.SYS, SFDOORS,DAT, or CALLINFO.BBS
Third party utilities can be found at ftp.cc.umanitoba.ca in
/renegade or at many BBS's running Renegade. Some utilities include:
+ New User Voting - Users vote other users in
+ Security Robot - Random password, check new user information.
+ CDROM Utilities - Import FILES.BBS for quick uploading of CDROM
+ Network aids - Documentation for setting up FrontDoor,
Renegade is freeware. It may be freely distributed in unmodified form.
The author has no objections to donations, however. A $25 donation is
suggested, which gets a VIP account on his multi-node BBS.
Renegade is user-supported. A large international network of Renegade
systems, the RGSNet, can be accessed from many Renegade systems for
questions or comments. Forums on FidoNet are also dedicated to
GETTING RENEGADE BBS
Renegade is distributed in two ways: As a full install package for
first time users, and also as an update package for existing Renegade
setups. Be sure to get the right package. There is a serpate
documentation file which first-time sysops should also get. The
version is determined by the date of distribution, ie. Renegade 05-31
is the May 31, 1994 version.
Renegade can be found on Internet at ftp.cc.umanitoba.ca in /renegade.
It can also be freely downloaded from many BBS's running Renegade.
Ask the sysop to make sure.
Digital Frontier Library of Trantor
Sysop: Cott Lang (author) Sysop: Ben Lineback
Roswell, Georgia Douglasville, Georgia
The Midnight Run Excalibur's Realm
Sysop: Rikk Streng Sysop: John Norman
Washington, New Jersey W.Paterson, New Jersey
The Jungle The Dragon's Nest
Sysop: Charles Bowman Sysop: Jesse Waldack
Fayetteville, N. Carolina Bloomington, Minnesota
Sysop: Dave Sawford
+44 (0)223 563468
Roboboard BBS is a Graphical user interface. In order for the users
to connect to your BBS they will have to use a special terminal
program. The program may be downloaded at the first connection.
Opposed to other BBS's which have a graphical interface as an option
(That is BBS who support RIP protocol), and can be used without the
GUI, Roboboard is GUI only. There is no ANSI - Ascii option.
ROBO-BOARD v1.08 (PLUS)........................ $55.00 (USA)
This version of Robo-Board is registered in the SysOps name. It
features operation of up to 9 nodes.
ROBO-BOARD v1.08 (PRO).(w/KEY)................. $65.00 (USA)
Where Can I Download A ShareWare Version Of RoboBoard?
On the internet there are two versions. The Robo108 is not on any site
currently. The Robo106 is on various sites. They differ in the
configurable template screens which the 108 has and the 106 hasn't.
The program is currently available at wcarchive.cdrom.com
/.3/garbo/pc/bbs as robobbs.zip, with the terminal inside.
RoboBoard's Tech Support:
Author of RoboBoard BBS: Seth Hamilton
Support: NAME : The ROBO-BOARD HQ in Aylmer Quebec, Canada.
SYSOP : Seth Hamilton
LINE 1: 1(819)685-0957 1200-14400/v32bis/v42bis
LINE 2: 1(819)685-6798 1200-14400 HST
VOICE : 1(819)682-6670 (9:00-5:00 Mon EST)
FAX : 1(819)685-0994
MAIL : 62:6200/0 (WorldNET)
Looking at the pro's & con's of RoboBoard
1) On contrary to other packages Robobard sysops can view the graphics
2) The quality of the graphics is VGA <=> EGA
3) Supports a standard Hudson message base for networking.
4) Offline Mail option Using Silver Xpress version 4.01, which comes
with it's built in graphic screens.
5) Drawing, and planning menus is very easy and intuitive.
6) Installation is very simple, and takes about 5 minutes to get the
BBS up and running.
7) Built in DeskView support.
8) Supports dorinfoX.def doors
9) Will run on a 286 and higher. The FX needs a 386 on both the sysop
and the users' side.
10) Built in Split screen chat
11) Supports speed up to 38000
12) Registered version will support up to nine nodes, including built
in IRC like chat.
13) Comes in with predefined screens resembling a nice "Windows " look.
14) Supports one channel music.
1) Security and other configurable options are not part of the
configuration and are determined in a separate file.
2) Message handling is weak. Only full quoting of the text is possible.
3) Not many doors available for the Graphical format.
4) Some of the optional files and screens disabled in the Shareware
5) Limited command options. You will have to build your screens with
few commands as options.
- Info for RyBBS will be available in future versions
of the BBS FAQ.
SAPPHIRE BBS v4.05
- More info for Sapphire BBS will be available
in future versions of the BBS FAQ.
Pinnacle Software BBS, (514)345-8654
Support for Sapphire BBS Software
Timothy Campbell/Pinnacle Software, Montreal, Quebec
SPITFIRE BBS v3.4
- Info for SpitFire BBS will be available in future versions of the
- Info for SuperBBS will be available in future versions
of the BBS FAQ.
- Info for Synchronet BBS will be available in future versions
of the BBS FAQ.
- Info for TAG BBS will be available in future versions of
the BBS FAQ.
- Info for Telegard BBS will be available in future versions
of the BBS FAQ.
- Info for TriBBS will be available in future versions
of the BBS FAQ.
- Info for TurboBoard BBS will be available in future versions
of the BBS FAQ.
UltraBBS has been in BBS business since '90. The main programmer
is currently Craig Baker, a professional programmer who also runs
a computer store in Boulder, CO. UltraBBS is a shareware DOS program
and registration is required after a reasonable trial period of
30 days. Registration price is currently $75. UltraBBS isn't crippled
in any way, so all you get when registering is your name in the login
screen. Main features include a very powerful B-tree index which is
used for very quick filebase searches, built-in message encryption,
internal QWK system and all the usual things. There are several third
party utils for UltraBBS, for example several bulletin generators,
filebase managers, filelist generators etc. For the latest utils,
here's the contact info:
UltraBBS HQ EuroUBBS support
Pinecliffe UBBS Underground UBBS
(303) 642-7463 +358-39-374265 (ZyXEL 19k2)
(303) 642-0703 +358-39-374719 (USR 21k6)
(303) 642-0971 +358-39-374823 (Zoom 28k8)
v32b/HST, 16 nodes +358-39-374311 (ringdown)
PO Box D.
Pinecliffe, Colorado USA 80471
Where Can I download UltraBBS
UBBS files can also be retrieved from gallifrey.ucs.uoknor.edu:
/pub/bbs/msdos/ultrabbs. For internet users, please use the
address email@example.com for questions instead of the author's address
for a quicker reply. The current version is now UltraBBS II v3.01
revision B, filename ubbs301b.zip.
- VBBS/Virtual BBS
- Info for VBBS will be available in future versions of the
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