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8Wire.com: Review: NetMAX FireWall ProSuite

Jul 17, 2001, 19:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Walter Arellano)

NetMAX's FireWall ProSuite is Linux-based server software that manages routing, firewall, Internet connection sharing, users, machines, DHCP, DNS, and APC power management. This review is fairly positive (noting some inexplicable installation problems), and indicates that the product does a good job of turning a headless PC into a decent server appliance. The installation issue, by the way, is something mentioned in previous reviews we've linked to on this product.

"On the next machine, the suite installation went smoothly, taking a little over 15 minutes. The manual states that setup can be done in as little as 15 minutes, which is fairly accurate. Aside from the fact that one of my machines did not work with FireWall ProSuite, I would say installation went smoothly and followed the manual exactly.

The NetMAX FireWall ProSuite supports Linux, Apple file sharing, and Windows file sharing (Samba). It therefore integrates well into any network, offering protection to all of its clients. Also, the system can be configured remotely from any machine regardless of OS. This makes the product easily accessible to an admin from anywhere on the network, and also means the server does not require a monitor or keyboard after the initial installation.

One minor note: as with programs such as Office 2000 and Office 2000 Premium, you cannot run multiple versions of this product concurrently. You would only want to install one version, anyway; they all do the same thing, some just have more features than others."

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