Product Watch: A Router, Firewall,
Content Filter & More, All In One Package!
Internet Gateway 6.8.2 From Vicomsoft
As high speed internet connections become more common, many
Mac users are looking for ways to share their connection among the
computers in their house or office. One option is to buy a router
which allows you to create a private network and present only one
IP address to the web. The process of translating the private IP addresses
to a public one is called, appropriately enough network address translation,
or NAT for short.
Vicomsoft's Internet Gateway
is a suite of connectivity utilities that provide the NAT services
of a router and a host of other services to boot. The Internet Gateway
suite takes a modular approach, allowing you to add on services you
want and exclude others you don't need. In its most basic form, Internet
Gateway provides the following services:
- As mentioned above, NAT allows multiple users to share one internet
account/connection. Depending on which version of Internet Gateway
you buy, 5, 10 or an unlimited number of simultaneous users are
security - Protects data residing on your local network against
intrusion by examining incoming data before passing it along to
your local network. If the data is suspect it is not allowed through.
caching - DNS servers translate hard to remember IP addresses
like 126.96.36.199 into more familiar domain names like macspeedzone.com.
Depending on net congestion, pulling information from a remote DNS
server can take a few seconds for every page you access.
defined filters - Access to specific sites, or services (FTP,
e-mail, web) can be blocked.
Additional services and features vary depending on the version of
Internet Gateway you buy. Some of the highlights include:
teaming - Allows you to use two modems, DSL, ISDN connections
to speed up web transfers.
filtering - Block access to "objectionable material"
via a CyberNOT subscription.
Server - Stores web pages locally to speed up subsequent load
- Load a custom frame on all web pages accessed from your local
network. Allows organizations to create custom navigation bars,
broadcast announcements etc.
Most DSL connections in the US use an Ethernet connection. According
to Vicomsoft, "DSL modems" in Europe use USB to connect
to the Mac. With version 6.8.2, Internet Gateway now supports USB
as well as Ethernet DSL connections.
Depending on the options you select, Internet Gateway costs anywhere
from $99 to $599. A time limited demo can be downloaded
from the Vicomsoft site.