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SoftRouter Plus 6.0
SoftRouter Plus is an integrated suite of extended Internet connectivity modules. They incorporate over 15 extended functions including: NAT (Network Address Translation) for Internet connection sharing; industrial strength TCP/IP router; web caching server for accelerated throughput; DHCP server for ease of administration; DNS caching for faster access; local DNS server; Remote Access Server; firewall security and multi-hosting to run multiple virtual web sites.
Available for Windows 95/98, NT Workstation, NT Server & MacOS, SoftRouter Plus offers flexibility, configuration options and compatibility. As the Vicomsoft SoftRouter Plus uses true TCP/IP routing technology, it supports almost any TCP/IP application running on the client machines, regardless of platform, simplifying configuration and offering the maximum in compatibility.
A comprehensive setup facility makes installation and configuration a breeze, with Darko, the setup assistant, configuring available options to suit your system configuration.
The software automatically detects the available hardware and configures itself appropriately, prompting the user with simple questions if required.
SoftRouter Plus allows multiple users to share a single Internet account by sharing a single IP address, reducing connection costs considerably. As SoftRouter Plus uses Network Address Translation (NAT), it offers all of the advantages of transparent NAT Internet Connection Sharing and proxy web caching. Each user accesses the Internet as if they were directly connected, but with the security features of an inbuilt firewall to prevent unwanted entry from the Internet back into the local network.
SoftRouter Plus supports almost any connection method to the Internet and other TCP/IP networks, including Telco Return Systems, offering possibilities for Extranets between offices, customers and suppliers.
With the flexibility of supporting different network connections also comes the ability to connect and route TCP/IP information between different network types, such as Ethernet networks to Token ring networks, or in the case of the MacOS based SoftRouter Plus, the ability to support Localtalk networks.
The Vicomsoft SoftRouter Plus WebCache Module reduces Internet Delays by storing copies of the web content on the user's LAN. The WebCache dramatically improves web browsing response times through rapid delivery of frequently accessed web content from a high performance caching server.
An in-built, fully enabled & configurable DHCP Server distributes TCP/IP information automatically to client machines on the local network, simplifying considerably any client configuration: Set the client to automatically get it's configuration information (a standard feature supported in Windows 95/NT, MacOS, Unix systems and most other systems that follow TCP/IP standards); Thats it! The combination of SoftRouter Plus' Network Address Translation and the DHCP server gives ease of use, performance and reliability.
DHCP/DNS integration allows users to retain the benefits of accessing hosts by name rather than by IP number while enjoying the advantages of DHCP. Frequently used Internet DNS Lookups are stored in the DNS Cache, eliminating many delays and speeding up browsing for the end user.
Access rights can be configured to restrict certain users from Internet access or restrict access from remote users or other TCP/IP networks connected through the SoftRouter Plus.
A fully implemented Remote Access Server supports dial-in access for remote networks and users, giving the opportunity to offer Intranet services, such as email, online databases or Intranet web servers to remote users, suppliers or customers.
Simple to use, configure and monitor, SoftRouter Plus continuously displays graphical & numerical real-time status reports of active connections, such as the Internet connection, Local Area Network connections, dial-in ports and Wide Area Network connections attached to the SoftRouter Plus machine. The client who triggers a connection to the Internet can be seen along with the users who are currently accessing the Internet through the Vicomsoft SoftRouter Plus. TCP/IP traffic throughput monitoring gives feedback on network and Internet connection utilization.
Vicomsoft SoftRouter Plus:
Plus requirements below for the WebCache Server Module:
Vicomsoft Administrator Console:
If you are using an old 68K machine and dial-up connection then a high speed serial port is recommended (PowerPC and G3 Macs already have these ports as standard).
Being software based, SoftRouter Plus is a future proof connectivity method. As your Internet requirements grow, and higher performance connections become available, Vicomsoft SoftRouter Plus can be simply reconfigured to support any new connection methods.
Initially a dial-up connection could be all that is required, but may expand to an ISDN, xDSL or even T1 connection.
As SoftRouter Plus is a true TCP/IP Router, with no proprietary client configurations or incompatibilities with client software, it will support almost any Intranet/Internet based TCP/IP applications running on any hardware platforms, including any web browsers, email servers, email clients, FTP clients etc.
A recent Macworld review gave SoftRouter Plus 6.0, 5 mice out of a possible 5 saying that "the big improvement in version 6.0 is a bundled caching Web server [...] In tests over an ISDN Internet connection with five remote users, SoftRouter Plus demonstrated T1-like performance when accessing cached sites."
Vicomsoft SoftRouter Plus 5 user pack MSRP: $149
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