by June 3, 2005 0 comments

The AR410S is a ‘security appliance’ and comes with options for monitoring and management. It is secure against gateway level attacks, illegal service requests, port-scans and in-bound connections from outside your LAN. It does not handle malware attacks. All the router’s functions can be configured and managed from its command line (via terminal), and Web-browser. Plus it is also a 4-port switch, making it an all-in-one network device for small networks. An uplink port cascades to another switch. You can use the Web interface to create VLANs in any combination of the four ports. 

Routers don’t usually have IPX routing but the AR410S has a separate submenu to configure IPX circuits, services and static routes. For failover routing and load balancing, the router provides PPPoE based link-quality and heart-beat monitoring. The router will then choose the best route to complete a connection.

Ping-polling is a useful feature that can check if important routes are active and you can use upto 100 ping targets, with different intervals of criticality and latency times. IP, RIP, Multicast, OSPF, IGMP and SNMP are some other protocols it supports. For advanced Layer-3 features such as IPv6, DMVRP, etc you need to contact Allied Telesyn and purchase, at a cost, licences to activate. 

The AR410S supports multi-level logging . These logs can also be e-mailed to a designated address or added to the system log of another system. 

The router supports three-levels of
diagnostic counters — 802.1x, PPP and PPPoE, and one each for supported protocols like IP and IPX. It can also keep track of DHCP request and response statistics for troubleshooting. 

Bottom Line: An excellent router with adequate security features.

Sujay V. Sarma

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