Some Hardware Gateways for Small Networks
hardware Internet gateways offer a feature called multilink PPP (Point-to-Point
Protocol), which lets you combine two 56K modems (each on a separate phone
line) for a single Internet connection at 112 Kbps.
line of gateways is diverse: Some have serial ports for external modems or ISDN
modems, and others have built-in modems or ISDN modems.
Internet Station lets you add a fax modem that can be shared by all the
computers on your network.
Some Software Gateways for Small Networks
WinGate from Deerfield.Com
runs on Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT. Its main feature is a proxy server
that provides Web, FTP, and email access for all computers on your network.
It also includes an integrated DHCP server that automatically assigns IP addresses
to your computers.
Internet Gateway and Vicomsoft SoftRouter Plus are available for
Windows and Macintosh computers. Both use the NAT
process to share an Internet connection. Both products contain a lot of
features and are easy to set up. The Vicomsoft Internet Gateway costs more than
the Vicomsoft SoftRouter Plus because it comes with a year's subscription to
the CyberNOT service, which you can use to block Web pages whose content you
Ositis Software runs on Windows computers and allows connection to America
Online through the proxy server.