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-- Testing the SOHO
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   Everyone that has owned a home Gateway/Router for sometime has realized that hosting a game server or hosting a ftp server is very difficult if you are running NAT (Network Address Translation). What NAT does is take your WAN IP (the IP from your internet service provider) and translate it into local IP addresses. So if you are running NAT and your WAN IP is 24.12.12.12 for example, then NAT would route data to your internal LAN IP range 192.168.0.x. This translation is a good strategy for a home firewall as it will keep 99% of the people out of your systems. The downside to this security is that it keeps people on the outside that you want to connect, (using the internet, etc..) from connecting to your game server or FTP server.

    There are a few options that allow you to overcome that NAT protection. The first one is to setup a port forward, which is pretty simple in concept. What you do is take the port that your server uses, lets say 21 for your FTP server and routes it to a specific IP address. So if your FTP server was 192.168.0.12 it would route all traffic over port 21 to that IP address. The second way would be to use a DMZ. DMZ is a commonly used term in routing that stands for DeMilitarized Zone. What this actually means is, there is a virtual place between your LAN and your WAN that a server can reside that can be viewed from both the WAN (internet in this case) or from your LAN. With NAT protecting the private information on your LAN, you can allow everyone else access to the information on your server. In this example, 192.168.0.3 on my lan is being used to host servers

    The way you do that with the Nexland ISB SOHO is to setup an exposed server (DMZ). The beauty of the SOHO is that you enter the IP address of the server that you want to expose to the internet, click on save and it's set for you.

    Immediately after setting up the DMZ IP, I started up Counter-Strike (one of the Half-Life FPS mods) and created a server. I wanted to see if it is really that easy to setup a public game server using DMZ.

    I was pretty skeptical when I was setting up the Counter-Strike server thinking that nobody will be able to connect. The other thing is, that machine has never been used as a server, so it's in its default configuration. I asked some of the readers of GideonTech to join the server and see if it works, well quite surprisingly they showed up in a few moments and we played for a little while. I'm very happy with the performance of the ISB SOHO and its DMZ feature, but lets try something a little harder, hosting a FTP server.

    Now that I know hosting a game server works, I'm going to install a FTP server. I'm using U-serv version 4 for the tests. I installed the software and created a couple of user accounts. Just like the game server, the FTP server worked right away. Again having GideonTech readers available, I had people connect from the US and Canada without issue and download a few files and so forth. DMZ is a really solid feature of Nexland's ISB SOHO.

    The SOHO features a Full Duplex option if your network card supports it. Well after some investigation, none of my nics support full duplex so I ran some file transfer tests using half duplex(standard 10/100). For this series of tests I'm using a Netgear FA310tx nic, a Netgear RT314 Gateway/Router, and Crystal FTP Pro 2.5 beta 6. I'm testing 2 things with this setup, downloading a 20meg file from a site in another state, and transferring a 143meg file across the router. I ran 3 samples of each to eliminate temporary bandwidth issues and ran the internet downloads about 1 minute apart when I switched from the Netgear to the SOHO to maintain the same environment.

FTP across LAN using Crystal FTP Pro

Netgear: 146220544 bytes received/sent in 34 seconds (4275000 Bytes/sec)
Netgear: 146220544 bytes received/sent in 20 seconds (7139000 Bytes/sec)
Netgear: 146220544 bytes received/sent in 21 seconds (6923000 Bytes/sec)
Average: 25 seconds

SOHO: 146220544 bytes received/sent in 21 seconds (6679000 Bytes/sec)
SOHO: 146220544 bytes received/sent in 32 seconds (4551000 Bytes/sec)
SOHO: 146220544 bytes received/sent in 21 seconds (6784000 Bytes/sec)
Average: 24.67 seconds

FTP from internet using Crystal FTP Pro

Netgear: 20996110 bytes received/sent in 307 seconds (68000 Bytes/sec)
Netgear: 20996110 bytes received/sent in 368 seconds (56000 Bytes/sec)
Netgear: 20996110 bytes received/sent in 296 seconds (70000 Bytes/sec)
Average: 323.67 seconds

SOHO: 20996110 bytes received/sent in 343 seconds (61000 Bytes/sec)
SOHO: 20996110 bytes received/sent in 359 seconds (58000 Bytes/sec)
SOHO: 20996110 bytes received/sent in 316 seconds (66000 Bytes/sec)
Average: 339.33 seconds

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