Nexland Pro400 ISB
| Fri, August 23 2002 | 10:39AM | PermaLink
Mikhailtech also looks at a Nexland product, they check out
the Nexland Pro400 ISB...
Each port has LEDs which indicate a 100BaseT, a 10BaseT and/or a duplex
connection (200mb). The speed depends on the type of ethernet card installed
in your system; most recent (a few years old at most) PCI cards are 100BaseTX
with duplex, in which case the 100 light will be on or flashing and the duplex
light will be on. The latter flashes when there's either heavy traffic and/or
packet collision. Then there's another more interesting feature. This is the
first router I've seen (although I've only seen a few total) that has dip switches.
What are they for? Well, you can use them to disable the DHCP server, reset
the unit, activate the Serial Console Interface and configure the ISB for firmware
upgrades. This comes in very handy if you input an incorrect setting or forget
your password which prevents you from accessing the unit. Think of it as a multi-functional
"CMOS clearing" jumper. But alas, that's not all. You can also back
up your configuration settings to external media (like a floppy or a CD) should
something happen to the unit. Then if anything gets screwed up, all you do is
flip up a couple switches, load the settings and you're back in business. The
manual details the entire procedure in terms even I can understand.
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