Reader's Reply - More on hardware routers
by Naki Theocharides
for the excellent article last month by Chris Taylor
about the Linksys router. It was clear, informative and
got me thinking about a hardware solution for my home
While researching the subject (chatting with co-workers)
I learned about a competitive product - the SMC
Barricade, a 4-port router that has built-in print server
The hardware installation was simple. It took me only 20
minutes to configure two computers to connect to the net
through my Sympatico connection.
The paper manual is readable and easy to understand, but
extremely incomplete. It covers the hardware set-up,
which is ridiculously easy, and that's about it. The full
manual on the CD is a must read.
The Barricade has it's own default IP address on your
network: 192.168.123.254. You have the option of
specifying IP addresses for your computers along certain
parameters (192.168.123.1, 192.168.123.2, 192.168.123.3,
etc., through 192.168.123.253) or have DHCP do the work
The static IP address your ISP assigned to you, DNS
settings, gateway, subnet mask, domain name, etc. -
settings typically associated with a server - are entered
into the Barricade's firmware via your Web browser. You
just enter the Barricade's IP address (http://192.168.123.254)
into the browser's address/location field, the firmware's
GUI pop's up, you specify or enter your password, and
configure your settings. Don't have a static IP? It can
be configured to for dynamic IP addresses, as well as PPP
over Ethernet, and Dial-up Networking.
The Barricade also has a built in print server. You just
connect your printer to the Barricade, set things up in
Windows, and all the computers on your network can send
print jobs to the Barricade and then to your printer.
You get a Print Server, firewall, Internet sharing, NAT,
DHCPserver and a switch all in one. Here is the kicker:
at www.chapters.ca it is available for $134.99 CDN!! (plus
$4.00 shipping and taxes).
Hope this helps members.who are considering a hardware
solution for their home/business network.
The Barricade ($134.99)
Originally published: March, 2001
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