Woburn, Massachusetts-based Cayman Systems Inc has launched GatorAccess MP, a multi-protocol remote access server for Ethernet. Geared specifically to workgroups, the product is expandable from 10 to 30 serial ports to provide up to 30 NetWare and TCP/IP users with transparent access to the corporate network, says the company. According to Cayman, GatorAccess will enable any authorised personal computer or workstation user to dial in to the corporate network with a standard modem. Moreover, by providing one dial-in number for both workstation and personal computer users, an ‘autosensor’ to detect whether a connection is Novell/IPX or TCP/IP, and automatic bandwidth and port configuration, the offering will fulfill the ‘easy to own’ and ‘simple to use’ requirements of its target audience, says the company. From a network manager’s vantage, the product is said to be manageable with any SNMP-compliant management station, Telnet, or GatorManager, an X Window management application; software upgrading will use Flash memory, loaded from a central management site. GatorAccess features support for the point-to-point wide area network transport protocol standard, and provides encapsulation, enabling different network layer protocols, including TCP/IP and NetWare IPX to be concurrently transported across simple serial links, says Cayman; Serial Line IP and Compressed Serial Line IP are also supported. Data rates are selectable up to 115.2Kbps for V.32bis, V.42bis and V.Fast modems. Security features claimed as standard include multi-level password protection, automatic dial-back, inbound and outbound packet filtering and point-to-point CHAP and PAP Authentication. Additionally, an optional Radius Authentication Server package is available, providing a single database for passwords and security access for multiple GatorAccess’s on the network. It can also server as a gateway to other security systems, says the firm. GatorAccess MP is available now with a list price of $2,700 for 10 serial ports, $3,300 for 20 serial ports and $3,750 for the 30 serial port model. The launch follows the introduction of GatorStar iHR, a multi-protocol router combined with managed 24-port 10Base-T hub, designed for workgroup communications and launched last November.
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