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LinuxWorld: NetWinder brings Internet server appliance for home offices & small businesses to life

Nov 03, 1999, 01:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"The NetWinder is an Internet server appliance designed for the small networks in home offices and small businesses. Starting at $895, the device has simple operating instructions, and is managed entirely through a Web interface. It competes in the same arena as the Cobalt Networks Qube2 or RaQ2 and the Penguin Computing 1U rackmount system, although the NetWinder is smaller than the others. It does not compete with devices like WebTV that are used mostly as client appliances and have much lower price points...."

"I have to say that the NetWinder merges style with practicality when it comes to the exterior design. Other Internet appliances, such as those from Sun Microsystems, are artistically interesting but almost clumsy for the desktop. The NetWinder is basically a small, flat rectangle, not much larger than a thin textbook, that has a slight curve in the front and lots of ports in the back. It can sit horizontally or on a stand on its side, thus saving desktop space. The entire unit weighs just over 2 pounds and consumes a miniscule 15 watts of power...."

"The Firewall Services panel provides a list of rules on how to process incoming, forwarded, and output packets. The base set of rules is provided and configured according to the network interface addresses. You can also add other rules for specific hosts or networks to allow or deny access. This is essentially a nice visual interface to Rusty Russell's ipchains firewall software, the de facto standard firewall application for Linux."

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