594e Twinax Remote Controller
with IP Capability
Network Controller Supporting Connection of Thin Client Terminals at Remote
594e is no longer manufactured and is only available
on a limited basis as
The replacement products are the
Corporation Xip+ Twinax Controller
(new) and the
BOSaNOVA eTwinax Controller (refurbished).
Click on either product name to be taken the
the respective pages for these two Twinax-Over-IP options.
Fully compatible with the IBM 5494, the Perle 594e is the
first and only controller built to support customers' Twinax connectivity needs today and
offer integrated IP routing and network computer server capabilities for the future.
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594E Feature Highlights:
Native TCP/IP and Frame Relay Standard
Optional IP Routing Feature Available 9/1/98
Supports all Twin Ax Connectivity Along with Thin Clients
in AS/400 Environments
Supports up to 168 Twinax Devices and 160 Ethernet or
Devices along with ASCII
Devices in 8 Port Increments
Software Download Feature allows for complete Distribution
and Management of 594E Software
Fully Compatible with any AS/400 and Configures as a IBM
Full 5494 workstation controller functionality
Enhanced workstation controller features:
Scalable beyond the capacity of equivalent IBM models
Native TCP/IP support-eliminates the high cost of setting
up and maintaining a multi-protocol wide area network
True multi-session/multi-host support-over 1000 sessions
across 40 hosts
Software Download feature allows for efficient
distribution and management of 594e software enhancements and upgrades across the entire
IP Routing component routes IP traffic from thin clients
from remote site onto corporate LAN
NC Server component provides Boot Server capabilities for
NCs at remote sites.
The Perle 594e Network Controller consolidates the full
functionality of Perle's award winning 494E controller in a new platform built to meet the
future needs of customers for Open Network computing. The Perle 594e is the first and only
Network Controller designed to support customers' Twinax connectivity needs today and
offer integrated IP routing and network computer (NC) server capabilities for the
future. This unique blend of features positions the Perle 594e to provide a seamless
migration path to thin client computing utilizing open systems connections.
A typical AS/400 customer will therefore be able to implement a Perle 594e for Twinax
connectivity today and then, as needed, integrate NCs and other thin clients into their
traditional SNA (Twinax and LAN workstations) environment. This integration is on a single
Network Controller platform and with no need to buy additional routers, FRADs or network
computer servers. And because new routing capabilities will be integrated into the 594e
itself, users of IP based devices connected to the 594e will be able to gain access to IP
based resources, wherever they may reside on the corporate intranet.
The Perle 594e will meet connectivity needs today and tomorrow. Using field installable
feature cards, the 594e can support up to:
Support for SDLC, X.25, X.21, Frame relay, SNA or
TCP/IP over Ethernet and Token Ring connections, Token Ring bridging
The addition of native TCP/IP support enhances the networking capabilities of the Perle
594e. Using IBM's AnyNet architecture (delivered as standard from OS/400 V3R1), network
managers can standardize on TCP/IP across their corporate wide area network. TCP/IP
support eliminates the need to bridge or route existing SNA traffic and dramatically
reduces network complexity and operating costs.
Support for multi-session/multi-host configuration
Allows over 1000 additional user sessions to be assigned directly from multiple hosts to
individual Twinax terminal users. This powerful feature can completely eliminate poor
performance overhead associated with APPN-based solutions or the need to acquire shared
addressing terminals. Once configured, concurrent active sessions can be accessed via a
simple hot key sequence - even on single session Twinax terminals.
Software download capabilities
Perle's PC Utility program allows users to distribute 594e software from any PC on the
network to any 594e on the network.
IP Routing Component
The routing component on the Perle 594e will allow users to route IP traffic from the
remote branch office onto the corporate LAN using Frame Relay protocol, eliminating the
need for IP routers or FRADs. This will provide the flexibility for IP based devices (PCs,
Network Computers, Net PCs etc.) attached to the Perle 594e to connect to other IP resource
on the corporate network e.g. their AS/400, their NT Server, or even the
Internet. Typically these IP devices would be thin client based, using a simple web
browser, Telnet,TN5250,TN3270 etc. to access host resources.
NC Server Component
With its NC server component, The Perle 594e will provide all the boot server capabilities
required by any NCs that are connected to it.
Typically NC's at the host site would get their start-up applications from their AS/400
which would function as their boot server. It is not practical, however, to download
start-up applications over the corporate WAN to NCs installed at remote sites. For
effective deployment of remote NCs, a boot server with storage and file transfer
capabilities must be available at each remote site (not cost effective), or each remote NC
must have its own storage capability to provide start-up applications (costly and
cumbersome). The Perle 594e, with integrated NC server capability, overcomes these
obstacles and in doing so provides an integrated solution that is both more cost effective
and more practical than either of these alternatives.
On-site maintenance plans and advanced exchange plans are optionally