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Network Station IBM native emulation NPT client
comparison to FutureSoft WinCE emulation products,
and Wyse (Pericom) emulation products
Raymond Romon
05/15/00 ACTNPT
The following table depicts similarities and differences between the VTxxx, 5250 and 3270 NPT
Clients compared with the IBM EZNS and the IBM WBT products, as well as the Wyse WBT
product. The Wyse WBT product emulators are provided by Pericom.
Initial table contents came from the Futuresoft web site, and reflects information on their
DynaComm Connectivity Series for Windows CE (DCS/CE) Release 3.0.0.0. The WBT emulation
clients were exercised on drops available in the week of 03/06/0 thru 03/29/00. Functions may
have been added after this chart was made. No print functions were serviceable in this code
level, so the printer section was extrapolated from FutureSoft documentation, and from the printer
session configuration entries.
A Wyse Winterm 3000 series device was reviewed, with version 3.3.1 system software, and
Pericom version 1.2.6 emulation software.
Significant functional differences include:
No on-line help for the Futuresoft emulation, or Wyse/Pericom products.
This implies that ease of set-up and use is limited by access to limited hardcopy provided with
the product. A web based help facility is provided on the IBM WBT, but requires an external
browser, or internet link to view. The IBM EZNS has fully integrated and translated help text,
with context sensitive display, and search capabilities. Without on-line help, or set-up
manuals, IBM service and support will be strained by customer questions to support the
FutureSoft emulation.
FutureSoft has no built-in euro support
This needs to be corrected before shipment begins. The Wyse product defaults to euro
mode, and the EZNS enables/disables euro mode with a single mouse click.
The IBM and Wyse WBT emulation products have no MRI translations (US English only).
The EZNS emulation products are translated to French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch,
Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese.
Futuresoft supports full screen only sessions, with hot key access as the only means to move
focus from one session to another. Although multiple emulation sessions can be defined,
along with ICA sessions, each session is a full screen operation. For customers requiring
multiple windowed sessions, and those that require cut and paste between emulator sessions,
this functional shortcoming can be significant.
Wyse does not support cut/copy/paste at all.
Determining current Futuresoft keyboard mapping is difficult. Default mapping differs from
EZNS and other IBM emulation products. The FS product does not have a graphical mapper.
There are no ways to print out the map assignments, and their is no included documentation
with the default mapping tables. The Wyse/Pericom product affords no native ability to
determine current keyboard mapping.
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No image or graphics, or 5250 text assist (officevision) datastreams are supported by the
WBT emulators. This restricts the full set of host applications that can be run with the WBT
devices.
X terminal support
Although the IBM EZNS has Xterm support, and WBT emulators do not, the X terminal
functionality has been de-emphasized with V2R1 development investment. Due to th e
declining functionality in this area, Xterm can not be claimed as a major differentiator.
Web delivered configuration files
The Futuresoft WBT emulation supports web delivered configuration files, with a selection
between a mixture of some configuration files available in local storage, and others available
from a web server. Our products do not match that functionality, directly, although we share a
different split of NSM based (and Configuration Tool based) configuration sources.
The FutureSoft WBT emulation provides the ability to modify individual code page translate
table entries, as well as map key scan codes from nonstandard keyboards, which is well
beyond the capabilities of the current NWS based products. Wyse has no such capabilities.
In general, the IBM EZNS based emulators have more functionality with the 3270 and
5250 types, while the Futuresoft and Wyse products are stronger in the VTxxx area.
As for the Pericom Wyse emulation function, cursor positioning in typematic mode was nearly
impossible. Keyboard remapping was nearly non-existent, and it is not possible to determine
the current keyboard remapping, unless the user modifies all keys to their liking. (The default,
as-shipped layout mapping is not displayable.).
The Wyse emulation allowed full access to user host system sign-on passwords, with full
display of the those passwords, after they had been stored in autologon sequences, and
without any other form of device lockdown..
In general, it was much harder to get the Wyse emulation products configured, as functions
pertaining to Vtxxx were mixed with 3270/5250 panels, and parameter controls were
scattered in several places, that were not logically connected.
Wyse, however, is the only product in this comparison to offer the IBM 3151 emulation
archetype.
All other functional deficiencies and differences fit well within an entry-level product defini tion,
matching what I understand to be the reduced functional requirements for a WBT marketplace.
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In the following table, cells with color codes represent the following:
Red-Signifcant function
missing from FutureSoft or
Pericom
Yellow- Function missing
Green-Futuresoft/Pericom
from Futuresoft or Pericom function missing from IBM
EZNS
Unless otherwise noted, each functional area item applies to all terminal archetypes (3270, 5250,
VTxxx, etc.)
Functional Area
IBM NWS
3270/5250/
VTxx
IBM WBT
3270/5250/
VTxx
(Futuresoft)
Wyse WBT
3270/5250/
VTxx
(Pericom)
Supported Datastreams:
3270 Unique Functions
3279 ExtendedChar Attributes
TN3270E negotiations
Graphics (3179/3278/GDDM)
Image/ Viewing
APL support
Validate Numeric Only input
Yes
Yes
Yes
PSS
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
5250 Unique Functions:
TN5250E negotiations
5250/3488 model fcns (EUI)
5250 Text Assist/Hex entry
5250 5292/BGU Vector Graph
5250 3489 Image/Fax Viewer
5250 AS/400 Console
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes ++
2ndary only
Yes
No
No
No
No
2ndary
Yes
No
No
No (Note8)
No
2ndary only
VTxxx or ASCII terminal
functions
VT52, 100, 102, 220
VT131, VT132
VT320
VT340 (Graphics)
VT420 (Multiwindow)
WY 50,60
Xterm
ANSII
SCO ANSII
IBM 3151
TV1910,TV1920,TV1925,
ADDS A2,HZ1500
7 and 8 bit modes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No (Note 18
No
Yes
only
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes Note 5
No
Yes
Yes Note 2
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Functional Area
Keyboard Related Functions:
Keyboard types supported
101 US PC-like
102 Non US PC-like
IBM NWS &
EZNS
IBM WBT
Futuresoft
Wyse WBT
Pericom
Yes
Yes
(18 layouts)
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
(16 layouts)
No
No
Yes (Claimed)
Not Graphical
Note 16
No
Yes
Customizable Type ahead
VT DEC Numlock keyboard mode
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes, 10 layouts
Note 15
No
Yes
Yes Note 11
Not Graphical
Note 6
Yes
No
Audio:
Keyboard click feedback
Alarm Beep on error
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes, VTxxx
only
Yes
122 NPT Native Interface
122 with PS/2 Interface
106 key DBCS
Graphical Keyboard Mapper
Input Automation:
Record/playback
Auto Logon
Editable macros
Yes
Yes (No on
EZNS stage I)
Yes
Yes ( But only
1 per session)
Yes
Light pen mouse emulation
___________________________
Appearance Related Function
Yes
_________
No
Color mapping support
(Basic vs Enhanced)
Basic +
Enhanced
Basic
Basic
Type of logical session window
sizes supported:
(24x80, 32x80, 43x80, 27x132
M2
M3
M4
M5
Full Screen M2 VGA coverage
3270 All,
5250 M2&M5
Yes
3270 All
5250 M2&M5
Yes
3270 All
5250M2&M5
No
OIA support level:
Differences 5250/3270 Client
Differences PC EMU/ACT Clnt
Differences to real NPT's
Minor
Moderate
Minor
Minor
Moderate
Minor
Minor
Moderate
Minor
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Functional Area
IBM NWS &
EZNS
IBM WBT
Futuresoft
Wyse WBT
Pericom
Rule Line Cursor style
Block & Underline & Blink Cursor
Customization
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Attribute code value display
Yes
No
No
Dynamic
Full Screen
only
Static
Full Screen
only
Static
Dynamic font size selection
with window re-size
Scaleable Fonts
Yes
Automatic
Yes
Yes
No resize
Yes
No
No resize
No
Geometry persistence window
size/position)
Save/restore session parameters
Yes
Full Screen
only
Geometry N/A
Others, Yes
Full Screen
only
Geometry N/A
Others, Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No (Note 13)
No
No
No (Note 13)
No
No (Note 13)
No
No (Note 13)
Window resizing support
Mouse
___________________________
(via NSM, or
Auto)
_________
Edit cut/copy/paste:
Mouse driven
Keyboard driven
Menu driven
Inter-client
Copy input only option
Linear and block marking mode
Cursor based or mouse based pntr
Line select/word select shortcut
___________________________
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
_________
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Functional Area
IBM NWS &
EZNS
Hotspots:
Fixed (AKA "Auto Action")
Yes
Programmable
No
PF key keypad pop-up
Yes
Customizable general keypad
Yes
Macro assigned to key-pad/tool bar
Yes
___________________________
_________
Ease of use:
On Line Help Viewer
Yes
With Search
Yes
Host Name selection Pop-Up
Yes
Persistent session names
Yes
Print Support:
5250 Specific:
Host Directed:
System Printer emulation
TN5250 RFC 1647 LU 4/7
525x print emulate
3270 Specific:
Host Directed
TN3270E RFC 1647 LU 1/3
390 Native print emulation
VTxxx/ASCII Specific
Printer escape print datastream
Generic Print Functions
Local screen copy:
(With Trim Print?)
Print customize PDT/PDF
ASCII/PCL/Postscript
Redirect to network pr inter
Yes(HPT)
Yes (LPR)
Notes19,20
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
IBM WBT
Futuresoft
Wyse WBT
Pericom
Yes
Yes
Tool bar
Tool bar
No
Yes
No
Tool bar
Tool bar
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes Native
No
No
Yes
P3812
No
No
Yes
Yes
P3287
Yes
Yes
P3287
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (ALL)
Yes
Yes
Yes(Note1)
No
No
PCL only
Yes(Note4)
Yes
No
No
???
No
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Functional Area
NLS Related Features:
# of Host Session Language
Groups
Euro supported for legal minimum
DBCS(Japan, China(2), Korea)
Bidi (Hebrew/Arabic)
Thai
Host negotiated language
NLS enabled for Menus,
Messages, Buttons, Dialogs,
Translated Help Text
Miscellaneous Function
Menu Bar Customization
- Disable selected menu options
Iconic Tool Bar
Multisession support
Dynamic start/stop new session
Disable user new session start
Auto reconnect on session stop
___________________________
Screen updated alarm function
Iconic launch/start-up
EHLLAPI/HACL/ECL JVM
access
___________________________
File Transfer/ File system
TFTP, FTP, RFS, NFS
IND$FILE
___________________________
SSL (Secure Sockets) support
HTML tag click starts emulation
IBM NWS &
EZNS
IBM WBT
Futuresoft
Wyse WBT
Pericom
37(V1R3)
20(V2R1)
17 (missing
nl_BE, it_CH,
pt_BR)
No (Note 10)
No
No
No
No
13, with 9
code pages
Note 17
Yes
No
No
No
No
No (English
only.)
No Help
No (English
only.)
No Help
Yes
No
No
Yes, (>5) hot
key only
Yes
Yes (note 3)
Yes
No
No
Yes (Note 12)
Yes, (5) hot
key only, see
note 14
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes*
(3270 NSM
Static)
Yes (11
Languages)
EFIGS+ (11
Languages)
Note 7
Yes
Yes
No
Yes(99),
subject to
memory size
Yes
Yes
Yes
_________
Yes
Yes
Yes (N/A on
No
EZNS phase I)
_________
Note 9
No
_________
Yes
No(N/A for
EZNS phase I)
No
No
No
No
No (N/A no
browser)
No
No (N/A no
browser)
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Notes:
1.) NT utility required for print operations was not available at the
time the chart was made. Print support is claimed to work by
Futuresoft. The price for this utility is $750 per server, with
unlimited client usage.
2.) This function was not verified, and field reports indicate that it
is not full function.
3.) The only way to disable user start of new session is to totally
remove the menu bar, with the side affect of losing other functions, as
well.
4.) Requires network printer redirector code component (NetPrint)to be
installed on an NT in the network.
5.) Not full function, does not set transmission speed or other port
configurations, scrolling speeds, or turn off monitor.
6.) The FS emulators do not use the same default keyboard layouts as the
IBM products. This means that migration from one product to the other,
or coexistence with both products in the same installation will have
different behaviors from the same key sequences.
7.) French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian,
Finnish, Danish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, MRI translations are
provided.
8.) Although Pericom provides a 5292-2 archetype in the configuration
utility, the AS/400 BGU product refused to render graphics on the
emulation screen.
9.) Other clients provide these file services within the Network
Station. The listed file transfer functions are intended to replace
IND$FILE.
10.) FutureSoft requires a 30 step procedure to edit character
EBCDIC/ASCII translate tables, and to assign a non-standard keyboard
sequence to euro codes. This procedure must be repeated for each
emulation type to be used. Wyse/Pericom defaults to euro enablement, as
standard, and requires no configuration modifications for full euro
operation. Native NSM/EZNS emulation employs a single step to select
euro enablement.
11.) None of these emulators support DBCS natively. 106 key DBCS
keyboards are used in English-only mode. ICA utilizes the host NT input
methods, so no native client input methods are used in the WBT.
12.) Icons only, no floating help descriptions, and no help available,
leads user to try each one without knowing the functions being
triggered.
13.) No mouse marking functions seemed to work, although mouse action
configuration options indicated that this function should be available.
In web based PDF files found on the Wyse site, it was acknowledged, that
even though these options appear, they are not functional.
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14.) Ran out of memory (16MB system) when attempted 6th emulation
session. I had 1 VTxxx, 2 3270, and 2 5250 sessions running.
15.)
US English, UK English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (Spain
Spanish), Danish, Finnish-Swedish, Norwegian, Swiss (Switzerland
French, Switzerland German). The following keyboard layouts are
proposed for support after initial GA: LA Spanish, Belgium English,
Dutch, Czech, Polish, Japanese, ISO English
16.) Wyse/Pericom does not provide a means to discover the current, or
default mapping.
17.) Wyse/Pericom documentation shows the following host EBCDIC code
pages supported: Swiss(French/German), Swedish/Finnish, Spanish,
Italian, German/Austrian, French, Danish/Norwegian, UK English, US
English/Canadian Bilingual/Netherlands
18.) Not in the shipped product, however an IBM 3151 character/echo mode
emulation prototype does exist.
19.) AS/400 supports LPR/LPD related print operations, S390 does not.
20.) AS/400 support uses Host Print Transform functions, there is no
equivalent for this is S390. (i.e. There is no native 3270 host
directed print.)
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