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DSD-150 Feature Tour

The DSD-150's functions are accessed through its web admin. interface. As previously noted, some of the functions are provided by Bsecure and its applications residing on your LAN clients. Other functions are provided by the DSD-150 hardware itself.

To access the DSD-150's menus, you can double click a shortcut left by the installer on your desktop, or you can point your web browser to a blocked web page. I do the latter since I don't like shortcuts on my desktop. When you go to a blocked web site, you get an intercept screen from the DSD-150 where you can click on the "My Account" menu bar item and to be taken to the login screen.

Once you enter your username and password, you are taken to the home DSD-150 Account Info screen (Figure 9).

Account Info screen

Figure 9: Account Info screen (click to enlarge)

The Account Summary (Figure 9) is an important screen because its Registered Systems section shows you what the D-Link security back end is seeing on your LAN. If you have no clients registered, you need to wait for the back end to catch up, lower your security level so you can use the Internet productively (I'll get to this shortly) or call D-Link technical support to figure out why your client computers are not registered. The remaining sub-menus are housekeeping information (contact info, billing info, and password set and resetting).

The DSD-150 has eight top-level menus, with approximately 73 specific menu item choices that branch from them. Four of these menus: Parental Control, Firewall, Reporting, and Spam Blocker have global toggles. That is, when you click on the menu for any of these, you can turn off all functionality for that function.

Three menus (Identity Protection, Popup Blocker, and AntiVirus/Spyware) don't run on the DSD-150 at all. These functions run on each client individually, in the thin client software suite. When you click on these menu items, the thin client software suite starts running. Note that Macs that view the top level menu don't even see identity protection or popup blocking menus (Figure 10).

Account Info Screen seen by Mac OS Client

Figure 10: Account Info Screen seen by Mac OS Client (click to enlarge)

One last tip and I'll get off the subject of my installation woes. The most important menu choice to help get the DSD-150 up and running is the Client Security option shown in Figure 10 (bottom left). Click on the double chevrons in the Client Security bar and you will see Figure 11.

The Client Security menu is helpful because you can use it to turn off the thin client software functions that might be complicating your installation. When you switch from high to low security, client PCs no longer need to have thin client software installed. Of course, the DSD-150 can actually be removed at this security setting without any complaint by any properly-installed thin clients. But nonetheless, the low-security setting is very helpful if your thin clients get corrupted or if they are downloading very slowly and bringing your work to a halt.

Figure 11: Client Security screen (click to enlarge)

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