Apple IP Gateway
With the Apple IP Gateway, Macintosh users with Apple Remote Access (ARA), LocalTalk, or any other AppleTalk network connection can connect easily to an Ethernet-based TCP/IP network to use the full range of Internet Protocol (IP) services. These include the vast array of Internet services such as Telnet, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Gopher, World Wide Web, and Wide Area Information Servers (WAIS).
Acting as a translator between AppleTalk and TCP/IP networks, the Apple IP Gateway allows data to move between the networks easily and transparently. It can be used in many ways—depending on the particular needs of the individual or organization. As a stand-alone product, it allows AppleTalk-networked Macintosh computers to connect to an IP network and access any of its services. In conjunction with the Apple Internet Router software, it provides IP access to any Macintosh computer on any AppleTalk network that is part of the router’s network. And with an Apple Remote Access Personal or MultiPort Server, it provides ARA clients with remote access to IP and AppleTalk services—just as if there were a local connection.
The Apple IP Gateway builds on Apple's recent announcement to include MacTCP in its System 7.5 operating system. MacTCP client software allows Macintosh computers on IP networks to communicate using TCP/IP protocols. With the Apple IP Gateway, the MacTCP client can now be used on Macintosh computers connected to an AppleTalk network. The Gateway acts as a translator between AppleTalk and TCP/IP network protocols, allowing Macintosh computers on AppleTalk networks to access IP services as if they were on the IP network.
Together with MacTCP, the IP Gateway enables multiprotocol connectivity. While accessing TCP/IP services, using tools such as Telnet, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Gopher, World-Wide Web and Wide-Area Information Servers (WAIS), customers continue to have full access to their existing AppleTalk services. Customers can, for instance, simultaneously connect to an AppleShare file server through AppleTalk and a UNIX host through FTP. Macintosh customers can now easily get access to both AppleTalk and TCP/IP services from the office, home or on the road with Apple Remote Access.
The Apple IP Gateway runs in the background of Macintosh computers that utilize System 7 or later, including Power Macintosh systems, or Macintosh OS-based Workgroup Servers from Apple, which are connected to an IP network through Ethernet. It is especially powerful when run concurrently with the Apple Internet Router or Apple Remote Access Server products. When run with the Apple Internet Router, the Apple IP Gateway provides IP access to any AppleTalk network connected to the router. When run with the Apple Remote Access Personal or MultiPort Server, the Apple IP Gateway provides IP access to any remote Macintosh computer, including Macintosh PowerBooks, dialing into the server.
Additionally, the Apple IP Gateway allows network administrators to manage user access so that only users on specific AppleTalk networks can get access to the IP services. This gives administrators tight control and allows them to easily track users of these services. The gateway also enables the monitoring of network activity and errors, keeping administrators up-to-date on network status. In addition, the IP Gateway has built-in support for the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), so it can be easily monitored by any SNMP-based management station.
Availability and Pricing
The Apple IP Gateway is expected to be available through Apple authorized resellers in the U.S. by September 15, 1994. The Apple IP Gateway is a standalone software package and will carry an Apple Price of $249 in the U.S.