Let's say I have a MicroVAX/VAXstation dealy in my apartment, and in the days when Plain Ol' Telephone Service (POTS) was more commonplace than 'tis today, I could dial up. Just run an RJ11 cable out of the V.90 modem jack on an old laptop, fire up the term em software, and voilà; I'm connected.
Here at my new job, it seems POTS lines are tough to find (and if they're here, I'm too new to feel comfortable monkeying with any wires, even plug-n-play). We're 3 levels below street so there's no cell service except via Verizon; they've got a thingy in our ops center.
So if I signed up with Verizon, and got some cellular modem type dealy to plug into the USB or PCMCIA port on my ThinkPad R50, would I be able to dial up my home VAX just like I used to do over POTS? I am suspecting there'd be problems since the signal out of the Verizon card is digital (isn't it?) and the modem the VAX is hooked up to is analog. Unless the Verizon card is just digitizing an audio signal that the VAX's modem can understand?
If my fears are correct and this won't work, any other recommendations for logging on to my home VAX from the road, in this madly digital world?
(I hear that you need a biz class 'net access account with your ISP if you want a static address, and that even if you were willing to pay for that they still might not do it for a residential hookup, so I'm looking for non-Internet methods...)