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Nexland Pro100 Internet Security Box
Page 1 - Single Port Nexland Router
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: August 25, 2002
Category: Hardware
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Nexland Pro100 Internet Security Box

Today I am taking a look at the "Nexland Pro100 Internet Security Box." However, I'm going to toss out the manufacturer's product description and refer to the device as a "router". To be completely honest, prior to receiving the request to review the Pro100, I lacked any formal knowledge about Nexland. After reviewing this router my knowledge and opinion of this company has quickly changed.

Yep, The Boxshot
Yep, The Boxshot
Good Stuff Inside
Good Stuff Inside

The first thing I notice about any boxed product is the care that is put into the packaging and contents. Nexland includes:
  • Nexland Pro100
  • (2) CAT5 Cables (one short, one long)
  • Serial cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Manual
  • Software CD

  • The CAT5 cable is a nice touch (for me) because the last couple of routers I have used neglected to include them. Also, the packaging used here is very sturdy (strong cardboard and good packing).

    The Nexland Pro100 Internet Security Box (ISB) is a single port router. This means you will need to have a switch (or even hub) in order to share a broadband internet connection. Here is a partial list of the Pro100 specifications straight from Nexland.

  • NAPT Firewall to Protect your Computers
  • Analog / ISDN Backup 230k Serial Port for Truly "Always On"
  • Over 8MB Bi-Directional Throughput for Blazing Speed
  • Unlimited IPsec Tunnels Passing-Through (Patent Pending Nexland)
  • Supports PPPoE, IPsec Server Behind NAPT, SNMPv1, Full Routing
  • Solid Reliability of Nexland Technology... No Freezes!
  • CAT5 Cable Included ($15 value) + Null Modem Serial Cable
  • 5 Year Warranty & 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

  • For a complete list of specs, I recommend viewing this PDF document provided by Nexland.

    What sets this router apart from Nexland's other (lower cost) routers is the VPN support. The Pro100 comes with a free copy of Raptor mobile for use with VPN support. There is a catch though. Raptor mobile does not support Windows XP yet so if you're like me and have all the computers on your network running either XP or Linux, you're out of luck here.

    Installation of the Pro100 was a breeze; especially if I compare it to my previous router nightmare with Linksys. Anyway, I hooked it up to the switch and the DSL modem, reset the modem and I was golden. But I decided to change my internal IP to 192.168.0.x instead of 192.168.2.x. I took care of this switch in about 5 seconds.

    For those of you familar with Linksys (or most other SOHO routers), the configuration is done via a configuration web site hosted on the router. This has it's pros and cons. It allows the regular guy to easily configure his router but it leaves the command line guy who wants to ssh into his linux box and then to his router and configure via command line high and dry. Personally, I love the command line and I wish more companies would offer both with their routers. On the bright side, Nexland's web configuration tool is both powerful and easy to use.

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