Product Watch: Share Your Internet Connection Without Shelling Out For A Router.

SurfDoubler 6.6

Mountain View, CA, March 22, 2000 - Vicomsoft announced SurfDoubler version 6.6. For those of you not familiar with SurfDoubler, it is a product that allows 2 or (optionally) 3 users to simultaneously share one Internet connection and account. SurfDoubler will definitely appeal to people wanting to share high bandwidth connections like DSL or cable modems, but even those of you with dial up can put it to good use. Considering the amount of "idle time" involved in typical web surfing (load page, read page) sharing a 56k connection is not impractical. In its most basic form, SurfDoubler provides you with the following features:

  • Firewall - To separate your local area network (LAN) traffic from prying eyes on the Internet.
  • DHCP Server - Serves up IP addresses on the fly to machines on your LAN. Eliminates the need to manually configure each computer. Two computers can be online at the same time although multiple computers can be setup to use SurfDoubler. Computers are simply served on a first come first served basis.
  • DNS Caching - When you enter a domain name like in your browser, it must be translated to an IP address like before the connection is made. Typically, your ISP will assign you one or more "DNS server" addresses. SurfDoubler keeps a local log of visited domain names and their corresponding IP addresses eliminating the trip to an external DNS server.
  • Connection Support - SurfDoubler supports a wide variety of Internet connections including: dial-up modem, cable modem, DSL and ISDN.
  • Support for Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) - A protocol being adopted by DSL providers which allows for login functions on DSL accounts.

Add on Modules
With the introduction of version 6.6, SurfDoubler has moved to a modular, or to use Apple's vernacular, build to order approach. This allows you to pick just the additional features you need and skip the ones you don't. Additional modules include:

Connection Teaming - Allows you to add additional supported connections (see above) on a mix and match basis. Extra connections can be initiated and dropped as needed and can be to the same or differing ISPs. You can define the order in which connections are initiated as well as assign services (mail, web, news etc.) to individual connections/ISPs

Parental Controls - Allows parents or administrators to selectively restrict access. Access can be restricted by time of day and/or total time allowed. Access to specific site and services (FTP, news, mail etc.) can also be restricted. Support for CyberNot content filtering is also part of this module.

Vicomsoft SurfDoubler Requirements:

  • PowerPC (Including G3, G4, iMac), 68040
  • Highly optimized application for PowerPC
  • System Software 7.5.3 or newer
  • Open Transport 1.1.1 or later
  • 5MB free RAM
  • Up to 3MB available disk space
Vicomsoft SurfDoubler Basic - 2 concurrent users $29
One additional concurrent user $10
Connection teaming $19
6 month subscription to CyberNot $19 or $26
Time controls $5
Total Cost $29 - $89

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