SCOUG OS/2 For You - December 1998
InJoy Got a Bad Rap Last Month
My Experiences with It Are Great
A rebuttal to Dan Napier's reported problems with InJoy
by Chris H. Lindley
As background, I first started using InJoy at around the 1.1 version. I finally registered it in June of 1997, after using it about a year. Apart from experimenting with Dial on Demand (DOD), I never really used any of its advanced functions.
About 6 months ago, I bought a 2nd PC, installed Warp 4 on it, and set up a TCP/IP-netbios network. Using InJoy, it was a breeze to add IP masquarading and let the 2nd PC access the Internet with the 1st PC's modem. When InJoy 2.0 came out, the IP masquerading function had been replaced by Network Address translation. This required no effort on my part (except turning the function on!) to get working.
Using DOD, the 2nd PC can trigger the 1st PC to dial out. Unfortunately this is triggered by Sendmail, which I run as a daemon to accept mail from either machine's mail client and to receive mail when I'm connected to my ISP. So, I usually have this turned off. This may be the only downside I've found with the product.
The only application that doesn't work reliably for me with InJoy is EZirc which is a freeware IRC client. It seems some servers need an Identd reply (something to do with checking that you are indeed calling from where you say you are calling from.) For some reason, on the second "NAT" PC this will not work, and I suspect the same would probably happen on other IRC programs as well.
InJoy is rock solid. This is on a flakey cardinal modem and a normal telephone line. I very rarely get dropped lines, but when I do, InJoy can redial while keeping all the connections open. Obviously this works best when you have a fixed IP address from your ISP.
Using another OS/2 product, Priority Master II, I run InJoy at a time critical priority level. When not in use, InJoy is minimized and never seems to cause any problems. It's almost become part of OS/2 to me. When ever I've had to reinstall OS/2 (thankfully rare), InJoy is the first program I always install. InJoy is the best OS/2 progam I've ever bought.
Chris H. Lindley can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org. He lives in Yorkshire, England and is a proud member of the WarpUK: UK OS/2 Users group.
InJoy is a product of F/X Communications and is available in several different levels. Find out more on their web site at www.fx.dk
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