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1998 CRN Test Center

Product Review

JES Hardware Solutions Inc. NetRaptor

Recommended

* Price: 1 node, $2,500; 5 nodes, $2,500; 10 nodes, $2,500; 25 nodes, $2,400; 50 nodes, $2,200; 100 nodes, $2,100
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Distributors/Integrators: Ingram Micro, Tech Data
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JES Hardware Solutions Inc.
Miami, Fla.
(305) 597-3980
(800) 482-1866

http://www.jessolutions.com

The advent of Windows 95 with its built-in networking has made the workgroup and small office network a reality. However, even with local hard drives on workstations hitting 6 Gbytes, often there is not enough space for one machine to be the "server" where all the shared files reside. To make the installation of network-available drive space as easy and painless as possible, JES has released the NetRaptor.

The NetRaptor is basically a hard drive with a network card and some memory in a box. It is available in a variety of hard drive sizes and also supports access via TCP/IP. The drive can be accessed from any Windows 95/NT machine that has TCP/IP or a UNIX system using NFS.

Analysis

Setup of the NetRaptor could not be easier, requiring only plugging in the network cable, the power cord and the supplied SCSI-3 terminator. If using DHCP, the unit works at this point. Otherwise the TCP/IP settings must be configured, which is done through a serial port connection and VT100 terminal emulator such as HyperTerminal.

Configuring the TCP/IP settings is extremely easy and requires only minimal networking knowledge, such as IP address, subnet mask and default gateway address. The unit includes a quick start guide that details setting up the TCP/IP settings on the NetRaptor as well as on a PC. The unit tested included a 9 Gbyte SCSI-3 Seagate hard drive and 32 Mbytes of RAM.

When the NetRaptor is turned on, it boots up a proprietary operating system called AutoNet, which handles all the management and configuration of the system and includes a Web server. The Web server allows management of the device via a Web browser from anywhere on the network once the initial IP settings are configured.

Commentary

The CRN Test Center engineer found the JES NetRaptor simple to install and easy to use; it was operating in about five minutes. The Web-enabled management utility makes managing the unit, including formatting the hard drive, getting statistics and upgrading the firmware, a task anyone can do.

The NetRaptor provides resellers with a cost-effective way of adding shared drive space to an existing network or setting up a small/home office network without the client needing to purchase and maintain an expensive file server with a conventional network operating system. The CRN Test Center at PC Expo recommends the NetRaptor from JES Hardware Solutions Inc. for situations where a small network needs to add shared drive capacity.

-- Rich Neves

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Computer Reseller News
June 22, 1998
Issue 795



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