Pro400 Internet Security Box
by David, 10 July 2002
my home is one of my dreams, given the cheap price of network cards, simple switched
hubs and liberal lengths of Cat5 cabling. I would have broadband, and the broadband
connection will be shared among all the networked PCs, so that I can accomodate
friends and family in terms of internet access, as well as enabling me to get
my online fix from anywhere in the house.
to do all that, I must own more than one PC, which is currently out of my financial
capablities given the lack of a steady income. Until then, i'm stuck with my single
work/play PC. To top it off, i'm stuck on dial up for internet access. Until recently,
I was staying in Cyberia, an apartment complex located outside my university,
while looking for employment. Cyberia is about an hour's bus ride to Kuala Lumpur,
thus looking for a job was tough, considering my location from the city. In Cyberia,
there was broadband internet access, supposedly providing 1MBps speeds from each
apartment. The problem with the broadband access was that there was only one access
point in each apartment, thus sharing internet access would require a hub of sorts.
is where the Nexland ISB Pro400 comes in. Kindly provided by Nexland
for this review, the hardware is not just your ordinary hub, as it's feature set
is huge, as well as impressive for it's size. Incidentally, this is the first
piece of telecommunications / networking equipment reviewed by 8BallsHardware.
from the Nexland website,
the feature list reads as follows:
4 Port 10/100 Switch with Duplex (200Mbps)
a Small Network Easily and Quickly
Firewall to Protect your Computers
Speed 4-Port 10/100 Switch with Duplex (200Mb)
/ ISDN Backup 230k Serial Port for Truly "Always On"
8MB Bi-Directional Throughput for Blazing Speed
up to 253 Computers
IPsec Tunnels Passing-Through (Patent Pending Nexland)
PPPoE, IPsec Server Behind NAPT, SNMPv1, Full Routing
RaptorMobile VPN Client & Personal Firewall (10 User)
Internet application compatibility
Reliability of Nexland Technology... No Freezes!
Cable Included ($15 value) + Null Modem Serial Cable
Year Warranty & 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
simple terms, this device is basically a switch-router, all rolled up into one
that this product is sold in the USA, and purchasing it for use overseas might
require a permit of sorts, depending on your country's laws and regulations. I
had to apply for a Telecom Permit, for FedEX to be able to release this package
to me, as required by the Malaysian Customs people. All the hassle aside, i'm
just happy they didn't decide to tax me on the Pro400. All I had to pay for were
the permit application forms as well as the fee for the permit itself, which came
up to about RM 75, which equates to a little under USD 20.
take a look at whats in the box.
the Box >>