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Configuring the Barricade
The familiar sound of a “beep” from a PC speaker greeted me as I powered up the unit. The whole NAS server was ready for file sharing in an extremely impressive 15 seconds. Do not forget that this encompasses the time taken for the server to be booted, the Unix OS to be loaded and the initialization of various daemons.
As with all SMC routers, the default IP is 192.168.123.254. After connecting my PC to Port 1 of the Barricade and my cable modem to the 10/100 WAN port, I pointed my browser to http://192.168.123.254.
The main administration screen. Colorful, ain’t it?
Users will be glad to know that the interface of the NAS server is extremely intuitive and easy to configure, with an on-line help at hand to assist you in case you have any difficulties in router configuration.
The Main Menu is classified into 9 distinct sections:
- Configure the TCP/IP, DHCP Server function and DNS
- Configure AppleTalk
- Configure Microsoft Networking
Setting up Microsoft Networking support and WINS server.
Settings for your network.
Previous Barricade only allowed you to clone your cable/DSL modem. With this NAS unit, you have the ability to enter the MAC address directly, making it more convenient and flexible! Certain Cable/DSL ISPs lock on to the specific NIC in your system, thereby blocking you from accessing the services from other machines. With such a feature that allows you to change your MAC address, you are no longer bounded by such a rule.
Entering the MAC address directly.
- Configure the method of connection – Serial or via WAN
- Enable and configure the Component Filter and Site Filter
- Special Applications – Use non-standard Internet applications which would normally be blocked by the built-in firewall
- Virtual Servers – Allow Internet users to access Web, E-Mail, FTP, and other servers on the LAN
- Status – Check the status of the Internet connection
Setting up the Special Applications to allow certain programs to bypass the firewall.
- Set the NAS server’s name, date, time and time zone
- Configure the Barricade to send E-Mail messages to designated accounts when there is a problem with the server
- Configure the printer server
- Shutdown the Barricade, or create a shutdown schedule
Upgrading the Barricade’s software has never been easier! Just point to the file and click!
- Check the disk for errors (similar to Scandisk), as well as the ability to format your new hard drive
- Upgrade the Barricade’s software
Doing a scheduled Scandisk on the NAS unit.
Checking the print server.
- Check the disk usage
- Check the printer status, and delete the current print job, or all print jobs
- Check system status and view the system log
Checking the disk status.
Checking the server status. Hey, it’s still alive!