Some Hardware Gateways for Small Networks
Netopia's 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.
The WebRamp line of gateways is diverse: Some have serial ports for
external modems or ISDN modems, and others have built-in modems or ISDN modems.
Intel's InBusiness 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.
Both Vicomsoft 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
WinProxy from Ositis Software runs on Windows computers and allows connection
to America Online through the proxy server.