Setting Up - more
Installing Yoggie is simple (famous last words). Step 1: pick how you want to install Yoggie (in-line or in wireless mode); Step 2: plug the USB cable into your laptop; Step 3: put the CD in your laptop and run the software installer; Step 4: Complete your registration over the Internet with Yoggie's web back end where you choose language, password, the Yoggie's device name, etc.
I could not get the 1.03 software on the CD that came with the evaluation unit to install on my Acer 4910-2028 laptop with Windows XP SP2. No problem: I downloaded version 5.1.0 from Yoggie.com, which installed fine. Next I was whisked to Yoggie's back end system and chose English, a password for my command window, and then was asked to enter my license key.
The quick start guide did not say where to look for the license key. So, without hesitation I used the serial number on my Yoggie evaluation unit, typed it into the web page dialog, the number was accepted, and then the installation process froze.
Note to Yoggie buyers: the License key is not the serial number on Yoggie. The license key is on the clear plastic CD cover. The licence key is 16 digits long. The Yoggie serial number is 20 digits long. So, if you confuse them, the back end web application has more than enough digits to cause problems. However, it will not catch your error and help you back out of the error.
So, I think by using the wrong license key during the installation, I somehow locked myself out of my Yoggie unit. What this means is that I was unable to log into the Yoggie Management Console (see next section) via a web browser, and control all the gateway parameters in the server.
After some back and forth with Yoggie's PR contact, I was instructed to email the company (support is based in Israel) so they could send an encrypted password to unlock the unit. Note: You need a small-capacity SD card. When I locked myself out of my unit, all I had were 2 GB and 4 GB SD cards, which did not work. Yoggie then sent me a 256 MB SD card with an encrypted key that did work.
Presumably, the key for unlocking a Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro is encrypted to the unit's 20 digit serial number. However, I was unable to test whether the key I obtained would unlock the password of another Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro. I am happy to say that the 256 MB rescue SD card worked perfectly, the first time, as instructed.
You can plug your laptop (or LAN) into a Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro in-line, install no drivers at all and have all of Yoggie's protections except the spyware and virus protection provided by Kaspersky. To fine tune Yoggie, you must use the web-based management console. I won't cover the entire management console here.
If you want every screen and every definition, then the best place to look is the excellent Gatekeeper User Guide (PDF). In what follows, I'm going to select a few of the management console screens to give the flavor of what using the Yoggie Gatekeeper is like, and to show the boundaries of Yoggie Gatekeeper's capabilities.
To enter the management console after you've gone through the installation, you need to right-click the green Yoggie "Y" icon. Then click on "Open Management Console" at the top of the dialog that opens... see Figure 7. If you don't want to install the management console application, you don't have to. What you lose by not installing the console is the link between web access and Yoggie Gatekeeper being plugged into the computer.
I had a professor in graduate school who was fond of saying "Biology... wins." So, if you don't install the Yoggie management console, and you expect a teen to keep the Yoggie plugged in to block pornography, biology will win by the teen "forgetting" to plug Yoggie in. With the management console installed, if Yoggie isn't attached, neither is the Internet.
Figure 7: Entering Yoggie Management Console
The "Open Management Console" command will open a browser window which will ask you for Username and Password. The default Username is "admin" and the default password is "yoggie". I was able to log into the Yoggie management console from Windows XP without any software installed, by going to the address: https://192.168.4.1:8443/.