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Introduction
Product Specifications
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Physical Examination
Setting Up For Use & Interface Screens #1
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Nexland ISB Pro 800 Turbo
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Physical Examination
The Nexland ISB Pro800 Turbo itself is a well-constructed box, measures a comfortable 14 by 28.4 by 3.2 centimetres, and comes housed in a purplish metal case. Clearly the ISB Pro800 Turbo was never meant to be rack-mounted, but even on the desk, it does not have a stand that allows it to be seated upright to reduce its footprint.

Fortunately, it does have smarter aesthetics that gives it an edge over other more conventional network products.






At the unit's front, there are two WAN ports and eight 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN ports - all of which are marked clearly to indicate the port numbers. One will also find rows of diagnostic LEDs that serve to provide quick feedback on the router and the network's health.





The photograph below shows LEDs for the power indicator, a router error indicator, LAN/WAN transmit and receive indicator (link activity), as well as the 'Backup Active' LED that lets a user know when the broadband connection has been dropped and analog/ISDN backup is in progress.





There are also three banks of LAN Link LEDs, the 100Base-T, 10Base-T and the Duplex LED link indicators for each of the eight LAN ports in use. A port's link type and link condition can be quickly read off - as long as the LEDs remain ON, you have got a good link. Then whenever there is a collision state in the network, the Duplex LED will flash.





Turning our attention to the back side of the unit, there is a power connector which takes a 9V DC, a somewhat tiny power switch and a reset button. But looking further right, we will find a small block of DIP switches used for disabling the DHCP server and also resetting the unit in the event that one forgets the password. Other than these, the DIP switches also come in handy when you need to make any firmware updates or activate the serial console interface.







Next, there are a couple of functionalities provided through the serial port interface, of which the ISDN/Analog modem backup feature is an astounding addition, considering its budget pricing. Last but not least, the serial port connector also allows the user to configure router options such as its IP address, enable/disable DHCP server and set the DHCP range of IP addresses.



 
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