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Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations

You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.

 
 

ARA Options

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The Apple Remote Access family now includes several products that make it possible for users to select precisely what they need. These include a personal all-in-one package that replaces the original ARA 1.0 package, multi-port server packages, multi-user client packages, and upgrades for owners of ARA 1.0.

The Remote Access Personal Server, retail $249, includes both client and server software, licensed for a single user to use at "both ends." This is similar to the ARA 1.0 package, which included both client and server functions in the package.

The Remote Access MultiPort Server package, retail $1,799, includes the server software and client software for four users, and a multiport serial NuBus card and cable. The Remote Access MultiPort Server 4-Port Expansion Kit, for $1,499, leaves out the server software, but provides the multiport serial card, four clients, and cable.

The Remote Access Client 10-pack retails for $599, and adds a ten-user license to your existing ARA server.

Owners of ARA 1.0 can upgrade to the ARA Personal Server for $79. Owners of ARA 1.0 who just need the new client software can upgrade for $29. Proof of purchase is required.

Trilobyte's ARACommander client software, which requires ARA, fully supports ARA 2.0's new features, and also adds quite a bit of its own functionality, in ease-of-use and security areas. It costs $35 for a single-user copy, but only $675 for a 100-user license (there are various stages in between as well). In my opinion this software is well worth the extra investment.

Shiva and Cayman both have hardware servers that don't require a Macintosh to act as the ARA server, and I believe both have upgraded or are about to upgrade their products to support ARA 2.0. Global Village is about to introduce a hardware server that has slots allowing installation of its PowerBook internal modems, which will take up much less space than the hardware servers that use external modems.

Cayman Systems -- 800/473-4776 -- 617/494-1999
sales@cayman.com
Shiva Corporation -- 800/458-3550 -- 617/252-6300
sales@shiva.com
Trilobyte Software -- 513/777-6641 -- 513/779-7760 (fax)
trylobyte@aol.com

 

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