Home from Tech Ed...#

Things I found upon returning home from Tech Ed:

  • My wife and children still remember my name
  • My water-cooled machine leaked enough to run out of water and shut down
  • There was a power outage, my stand-by generator worked fine
  • My cat is mad at me for being away nine days
  • I've lost my insane craving for Haagen-Daz
  • I had a lot of toys delivered while I was gone!

The solar recharger for AA batteries arrived. Very cool. Bit bigger than I thought, even though they had the dimension and I measured them off a couple of times.

Pile of MSDN stuff, equal numbers of checks and bills, bunch of magazines and books...

Here's the coolest gizmo to arrive so far: a Xincom DPG-402. This is a dual WAN NAT router. I already have the equivalent device from Nexland, but since they were bought by Symantec, the product seems all but dead.

Yes, I have two Internet connections - DSL and Cable. I hate being offline, most of the time these are both up. When either one of them is down, the dual WAN NAT router takes care of switching everyone over to the other WAN connection. Its quite transparent - if it wasn't for the warning emails, I'd have no idea one of my connections was down.

Unfortunately, like most NAT routers, the Nexland can only handle one IP per WAN port. But the Xincom can handle more. You can pass multiple IPs through a given WAN port, only one of the IPs uses NAT, the rest pass through to specific machines. Cool.


Sunday, May 30, 2004 1:26:01 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) #    Comments [1]  | 


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