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InterJak Linux-based server appliance upgraded

May 30, 2001, 07:29 (1 Talkback[s])

By Kevin Reichard

With new features designed for the SOHO and ISP markets, the latest release of the InterJak 200 Linux-based Internet server appliance adds integrated ADSL or ISDN S/T connectivity, as well as a software upgrade that adds content filtering, network monitoring, traffic shaping, PPPoE support, and network printing.

Some of the new features include:

Network Monitoring
The InterJak platform proactively monitors LAN and WAN network resources and provides real-time alerting in addition to historical data collection and graphing for quick problem detection. With a browser interface, the InterJak Network Monitor gives service providers a means to access a customer network behind the firewall, perform tests to track network-attached peripherals, show bandwidth utilization, and report issues. Phase 1 of network monitoring is available at no extra charge and shows CPU, memory, and Ethernet statistics.

Traffic Shaping
The InterJak platform will shape inbound and outbound traffic to ensure high priority applications (e.g. web-based business applications) are serviced before lower priority applications (e.g. file transfer). Bandwidth across a given interface (e.g. Ethernet port) can be constrained to shape traffic across a slower WAN interface (e.g. broadband wireless link). In addition, outbound traffic will be tagged to enable service providers to deliver end-to-end prioritization. With this feature, ISPs can ensure that their customers are receiving appropriate utilization of their available bandwidth.

Content Filtering
InterJak provides advanced content filtering by checking user web access against a proprietary database from SurfControl that is automatically updated at regular intervals. It blocks objectionable and non-productive sites with profiles based on a combination of categories specified by the system administrator.

PPPoE Support
PPPoE client support on the InterJak platform eliminates the requirement to install PPPoE client software on individual PCs. PPPoE is often required to obtain an IP address from ADSL service providers. The InterJak will utilize PPPoE to obtain an IP address, and users on the local network can share the address for Internet access.

Network printing and spooling
Print spooling to Ethernet or USB-attached printers using the InterJak offers the ability to print without tying up the PC for the duration of the print job. This option requires a USB or IEEE 1394 hard drive which can be hot plugged into the InterJak platform for temporary storage of print data. With the print spooling feature, users can print to a network-attached or USB printer without a special print client.

The InterJak 200 Internet service appliance is extensible in both hardware and software using a Filanet engineered ASIC and embedded microLinux. The InterJak 200 serves as a fully featured LAN networking device, supporting IP routing, network address and port translation, DHCP client and server capabilities, and file and print sharing. Using dual USB ports and dual IEEE 1394A (FireWire) ports, the InterJak 200 supports instant Plug and Play capabilities with printers or hard drives. The InterJak 200 supports a wide range of WAN options from V.90 and cable modems to ADSL, SDSL, and ISDN. In addition to these options, the InterJak 200 also provides dual 10/100 Ethernet ports that can be used for internal Ethernet LAN, optional WAN connectivity and DMZ support. Pricing for the InterJak 200 series ranges between $645 and $795, with add-on capabilities like VPN and content filtering available for an additional price.

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