Big Abilities, Small Package
Internet appliances that provide network and Internet capabilities for small or regional offices come in a variety of shapes and sizesInternet appliances that provide network and Internet capabilities for small or regional offices come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the distinctive Cobalt Qube to familiar tower shapes to rack-mountable units. Coming in on the smaller side of these devices is Celestix Networks Aries appliance, which is close to the size of most computer speakers. The Aries provides a full list of features such as file sharing, a Web server, a POP or IMAP mail server, a VPN through PPTP, and a basic firewall, as well as DNS, NAT and DHCP. And at $999, the Aries is priced competitively with most other small-office Internet appliances.
The Aries setup is unique. Most appliances require either a direct PC connection or a special installation program to configure the device. The Aries has a built-in LCD panel on the front that lets you do the initial setup, such as configuring the IP address.