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Flexible Setup

alt Patronus is available in a variety of setup options for ease of installation and to meet your networking requirements. This flexibility includes the following configurations: Internet (2 or 3 Ethernet), Internet Gateway (PPPoE), Proxy Only, Transparent Bridge (with or without firewall) and URL Filter Server.

Internet Gateway (2 Ethernet)

  • This model of Patronus includes a LAN firewall, Web caching, filtering, the Kids Zone, and the Virtual Administrator. It is compatible with many forms of Internet access, including ISDN, DSL, Cable, and T1 and works with an external router.

Internet Gateway (3 Ethernet)

  • This model of Patronus requires the installation of a third network card. Depending on the system, this third network card may be pre-installed and provides a separate physical network. This network can be used as a DMZ for the protection of public servers such as a Web or an e-mail server, or it can be used as a separate internal network. For both networks (depending upon the setup), this Patronus includes the LAN firewall, filtering, Web caching, the Kids Zone and the Virtual Administrator. It is compatible with many forms of Internet Access, including ISDN, DSL, T1 and works with an external router.

Internet Gateway (PPPoE)

  • Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) is used by some DSL-based ISPs to establish communications. If using a DSL line, check with the ISP to see if they use PPPoE. If they do use PPPoE, it must be enabled. Remember to remove any existing PPPoE routers on the network and plug the system directly into the DSL modem. This model of Patronus includes a LAN firewall, filtering, Web caching, the Kids Zone, and the Virtual Administrator.

Proxy Only

  • In this configuration, the system is not in the direct path of network traffic. It sits adjacent to a router. The Web browser on each of the workstations needs to be configured with a proxy setting so that all Web requests are directed to the system. The DNS setting on each of the workstations also needs to be pointed towards the IP address of the system to properly resolve the system interface addresses. The system then performs filtering and Web caching. This model of Patronus also includes the Kids Zone and the Virtual Administrator.

Transparent Bridge

  • In this configuration, Patronus is in the direct path of network traffic. All traffic flows through it, but only Web and DNS requests are intercepted. The system performs Web caching and filtering. This model of Patronus also includes the Kids Zone and the Virtual Administrator.

Transparent Bridge with Firewall

  • In this configuration, Patronus is in the direct path of network traffic. All traffic flows through it. The system acts as a Web cache, filter and firewall. This model of Patronus also includes the Kids Zone and the Virtual Administrator.

URL Filter Server

  • Use this selection if a Cisco product (that supports the URL-filter command) is on the network and Patronus will be used for filtering only. In this configuration, the system is not in the direct path of network traffic. Instead, it is adjacent to the Cisco product and is used for filtering Web requests. This model of Patronus also includes the Kids Zone and the Virtual Administrator.

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Splash Screen

  • This feature allows a library to create a WiFi hotspot for a portion of their network. For patrons using their own laptops your library may wish to institute an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) which requires agreement of your Internet guidelines in order to access the Internet. The screen can also be used to alert patrons of any vital information. For flexibility in administration, specific computers and/or IP ranges of computers can be excluded from receiving the AUP screen.
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