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OvisLink RS-1000 Security Gateway
OvisLink may be a relative newcomer to the UK but this Taiwan-based manufacturer has come in with a bang in the past few months by offering an extensive range of low cost networking products, some of which are quite unique. Its latest range of Security Gateway products are prime examples as these target small businesses and aim to offer a healthy dose of broadband security features along with access authentication and bandwidth management for incoming and outbound traffic based on firewall policies.
The RS-1000 isn’t very interesting to look at with its grey metal chassis offering nothing more than a quad of switched Fast Ethernet ports, a single RJ-45 WAN port at the rear and a bunch of status LEDs at the front for link status, speed and activity on the LAN and WAN ports. Processing isn’t radical either with a Waveplus MIPS 100MHz unit in the driving seat and backed up with 16MB of Flash and 32MB of SDRAM memory. Even so it should be enough for the target market. Power is provided by an external supply and a small reset button alongside returns the unit back to factory defaults if you make a mess of configuration. The appliance focuses purely on broadband security so wireless networking is not on the menu which is a pity considering the price.
Initial installation won’t take long as you point a PC at the appliance’s default IP address where you’ll be greeted by a tidy browser interface. It supports both transparent and NAT routing and we’d expect most users to opt for the latter which allows all LAN systems to use IP addresses and DNS information dished out by the appliance’s DHCP server. You’ll need to provide your own ADSL modem but be careful here as OvisLink products still only support PPPoE and not PPPoA, so you may have problems with a dumb ADSL modem and an ISP that uses this protocol. As we test over BT Broadband this included us but we did come up with a solution to our dilemma by using an intelligent ActionTec R4500U ADSL modem. We connected its Ethernet port to the RS-1000 WAN port and used the Cable Modem User setting which happily took the DHCP information supplied by the Actiontec modem.