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November 29, 1993

APPLE BUSINESS SYSTEMS OFFERS ENHANCED REMOTE ACCESS

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple Computer Inc’s Business Systems division has announced a new release of the Apple Remote Access Product family. Included in the new release is a new multiport server, a personal server, and a new remote access client for the Macintosh. In addition, the company says it plans to introduce a remote access client for Microsoft Corp Windows and multiprotocol support next year, while an X25 extension kit for the Remote Access MultiPort Server is set for launch in the spring. The new Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server has a four-port remote access serial board and cable, and requires a Macintosh with one or more NuBus slots. It is said to include security features including password aging, location validation and the ability to filter access to services. In addition, it supports SNMP, and features an automatic activity log. The software-based Remote Access Personal Server can be used to enable a Macintosh to communicate with another Macintosh or an AppleTalk network over telephone lines, or using a cellular connection. Featuring both client and server software, it replaces the existing AppleTalk Remote Access 1.0 product. According to the company, the new release incorporates enhanced network management and more security features. Aimed at PowerBook and remote Macintosh users, the new Remote Access Client software is said to connect to any Remote Access-compatible server: it is said to incorporate DialAssist software, to simplify dialling back to the office, by enabling users to build dialling sequences capable of dealing with different international dialling sequences. Apple says that all of the products will be available shortly from its resellers and dealers, with upgrade packages available in the spring. The Multiport Server is to cost $1,800 for a server-four port configuration, with the Personal Server costing $250 for a client-server system plus $80 per node. The Client package is $70 per user, or $600 for a 10-pack; the upgrade price for existing users is $30.

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