Connecting Netopia Serial Router
Once you have purchased your Netopia Serial Router, the next thing you will need to do is establish Internet service. The first thing to note is that many companies will function as a self ISP, or Internet Service Provider. Many large enterprises have offices which may utilize the Netopia Serial Router for getting on the Internet through the primary office.
When you set up the Netopia Serial Router in this manner, you will want to make sure that the router has been configured in a proper manner. For most people, it will be necessary to find an ISP in order to get Internet access. In any given area, there will be multiple ISPs. To find an ISP in your area, all you have to do is pick up your local phone book.
If you find that there are multiple ISPs to choose from in your area, then you will want to be sure that you pick the right one. The ISP that works for one person may not work for another. Generally, your goal should be to find an ISP which offers Internet access via a line which is digital.
When it comes to the digital line, there are three types of services that you can choose from, and these are DDS / ADN, E1, or T1. The DDS / ADN will have a speed that ranges from 56 to 64 kbps, the T1 will have a speed that ranges from 56 kbps to 1.544 mbps, and the E1 line will have a speed which ranges from 64 kbps to 2.0 mbps. All of these lines will use the Frame Relay, PPP, and HDLC as far as their protocols are concerned.
Now, there are a number of requirements that your ISP should meet before you use them in conjunction with your Netopia Serial Router. First, the ISP should offer either dynamic IP addressing, or static IP addressing. The ISP should also offer a custom domain name, IP address change, numerous email addresses, web hosting, VPN support, and e-commerce.
Of course, you will want to compare prices among all the IPS once you have established that they all offer the things mentioned in this paragraph. If they do not offer these services, they need to be disregarded. You should also compare the reputation for service and technical support among these firms.
Picking your ISP Account
Most ISPs will typically offer a group of account access options. Generally, these plans will be distinct based on their charges and the amount of host IP addresses which will be given. You will need to analyze your networking requirements and talk with your ISP about them prior to picking a plan for the network.
Once you have done this successfully, you will next need to setup the Netopia Serial Router account. You will need to determine whether or not your ISP has this router type listed under their supported products. If your ISP does not have this router type on their list, have them optimize your account to ensure its compatible with this router. Once you have done this, you will next need an IP address.
Generally, every computer that needs access to the Internet must have an IP address, an address which is unique only to it. If you have a group of computers which all need Internet access, you will need to acquire a group of the IP host addresses which are big enough for every computer to have its own unique address.
You will also need one for the Netopia Serial Router. It is also possible to use NAT so that you only need a single address through your ISP. You will need to think in terms of the growth of the network when deciding the amount of addresses you wish to get.