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Setup and Administration

As you can see from Figure 1 below, the Plus' browser-based admin interface is essentially the same as that on its non-VPN-endpoint cousins. So see the 7004VBR's review for a detailed run-through on the feature set... I'll just concentrate on the differences here.

SMC7004FW: Virtual Servers screen

Figure 1: Virtual Servers
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The first difference is that the Plus doesn't support PPTP authentication, which is used by some US and many European xDSL providers instead of PPPoE. Update 10/24/02 2.03e firmware adds PPTP support.

Both products are the same, however, in their lack of support for static IPs with PPPoE service.

A closer examination of Figure 1 shows two new menu items VPN and SNMP. I'll cover the VPN features later, but take a quick look at the SNMP screens now.

SMC7004FW: SNMP trap screen

Figure 2: SNMP Trap
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Figure 2 shows one of the two SNMP screens. The other is used to specify 5 different community strings, read or write access, and whether the community is enabled. No SNMP MIB is supplied, nor is there one available for download from SMC.

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