Celestix Aires Micro Server
Small businesses may not have the onsite expertise or resources to set up e-mail, a firewall, Web server, FTP server, content filtering, virtual private networking (VPN), Web caching, Telnet access, and other network services from scratch. Celestix Networks has come up with a solution -- the 6.5-inch tall, 4-inch wide, and 5.75-inch deep plug-and-play Aries Micro Server for up to 25 users.
Aries supports an extensive array of connectivity options. The Aries has two Ethernet ports: a primary Ethernet for the local area network (LAN) and a secondary Ethernet for direct Internet connection.
You can use dial-up V.90 or ISDN connection through an external serial modem or the PCMCIA card modem. When using dial-up, mail queuing and schedules for mail retrieval can be set up. For broadband modem users there is a second Ethernet port available.
If all you want to do is share a cable/DSL account, buy a cable/DSL router for under $200. If you want a lot of Internet services in one place, however, the Aries can be a comparatively low-hassle solution.
Celestix Networks, Inc.
PROS: Built-in Internet software takes on advanced tasks, print server, file storage, tiny footprint
CONS: Pricey if all you want to do is share Internet access