NetEqualizer February Newsletter


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February 2009 NetEqualizer Newsletter

Valentine’s Day Special and URL-Based Shaping
Greetings!

Enjoy another issue of the NetEqualizer Newsletter. This month, we’re kicking off our Valentine’s Day special and introducing our plans for the NetEqualizer’s URL-based shaping. As always, feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested in NetEqualizer and AirEqualizer news.

In this issue:

  • NetEqualizer Valentine’s Day Special
  • Interested in NetEqualizer URL-Based Shaping? Let Us Know
  • Couldn’t Make the Latest NetEqualizer Tech Seminar? Check Out the Video!
  • Managing Your Network Getting You Down? Extensive Networks Can Help
  • Tips & Tricks

NetEqualizer Valentine’s Day Special
Garmin, Marriott, CCF

Due to the popularity of our recent Garmin promotion, we’re not only extending the offer, but we’re making it that much sweeter. Now, in addition to the option of a complimentary Garmin GPS system, we’re offering NetEqualizer purchasers our special Valentine’s Day package.Beginning February 9, 2009, all customers who purchase a NetEqualizer NE2000-20 model and above will have the choice between a $200 Marriott gift card or the Garmin nuvi 200 (Part Number: 010-00621-10). In addition, all purchasers of NetEqualizer models NE2000-10, NE2000-4, NE2000-2, or any NetEqualizer Software Subscriptions (NSS), can choose between a $100 gift certificate to The Cheesecake Factory or the Garmin eTrex H (Part Number: 010-00631-00).

To receive the hotel or dinner package, or the Garmin GPS systems, customers should send both the serial number and purchase date from the qualifying NetEqualizer via e-mail to admin@apconnections.net.

Requests must be received by March 31, 2009. Only NetEqualizer models and NSS packages purchased between February 9, 2009, and March 15, 2009, will qualify. The offer is good only while supplies last. Standard mapping software as provided by Garmin is included. All other accessories and mapping software must be purchased separately.

For more information on terms and restrictions, please contact us at 1-800-918-2763 or via e-mail at admin@apconnections.net.

Interested in NetEqualizer URL-Based Shaping? Let Us Know
We are currently looking into offering a module that will allow our customers to shape traffic going to a particular URL. As you know, currently we can set rate limits by MAC, IP, VLAN, SUBNET. However, we have not done anything to date for URL-based shaping in the main product line.If you are interested in this feature, let us know as this will influence our release date. Give us a call at 1-800-918-2763 or shoot us an e-mail at admin@apconnections.net. We look forward to hearing from you.

NetEqualizer Tech Seminar Video Is Up!
NetEq. Seminars

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to our most recent Tech Seminar at Eastern Michigan University, we’ve posted a short video on our blog that highlights some of the major points.In the video, we’ll cover:

  1. Basic traffic shaping technology and NetEqualizer’s behavior-based methods
  2. Internet congestion and gridlock avoidance on a network
  3. How peer-to-peer file sharing operates
  4. How to counter the effects of peer-to-peer file sharing
  5. Providing QoS and priority for voice and video on a network
  6. A short comparison by a user (a university admin) who prefers NetEqualizer to layer-7 deep packet inspection techniques

While the video doesn’t replace the experience of an actual seminar, it gives an informative overview of the NetEqualizer technology. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

And, as usual, we’re always planning future seminars. So, if you’d be interested in hosting a NetEqualizer Seminar in the months to come, let us know at either admin@apconnections.net or 1-800-918-2763.

Managing Your Network Getting You Down? Extensive Networks Can Help
Ex-Net

Over the past several years, Extensive Networks has been making the lives of many of our customers much easier.They provide complete turnkey management of on-premise voice, video and data services for apartments, condos, hotels and student housing, offering hassle-free telecom services that ultimately add value to the properties they serve.

So, if your network is getting you down, or you’re just looking for an upgrade, Extensive Networks can help. For more information on their services, visit http://www.ex-nets.com/.

Tips & Tricks
Did you know that some of our users use two configurations and switch them out by time of day?

Although it is always best to keep your configuration simple, here is how you can change a configuration over at 5:00 every day:

First, you must be logged in via the console or SSH to the NetEqualizer.

Second, assuming you have a daytime configuration already in use, you will need to save your current NetEqualizer configuration so that it can be put back at a later time. You can do this with:

  • cp /etc/arbdefault.conf /root/daytime.conf

Next, you should change the NetEqualizer settings to how you would want them at night and then save that away with:

  • cp /etc/arbdefault.conf /root/nighttime.conf

Now, create a shell script that can be run at 5:01 p.m. If using nano, enter:

  • nano -w /root/nightconfig.sh

And then insert the following four lines:

  • cp /root/nighttime.conf /etc/arbdefault.conf
  • /etc/init.d/arbitrate stop
  • sleep 5
  • /etc/init.d/arbitrate start

Now, create a shell script that can be run at 7:01 a.m. If using nano, enter:

  • nano -w /root/dayconfig.sh

And then put in the following four lines:

  • cp /root/daytime.conf /etc/arbdefault.conf
  • /etc/init.d/arbitrate stop
  • sleep 5
  • /etc/init.d/arbitrate start

To make these two shell scripts executable, use:

  • chmod +x /root/nightconfig.sh
  • chmod +x /root/dayconfig.sh

Next, create a crontab file in the roots home directory. You can do this with nano. If using nano, then use:

  • nano -w /root/crontab_entries

In the /root/crontab_entries file you’ll next enter:

  • 01 17 * * * /root/nightconfig.sh
  • 01 07 * * * /root/dayconfig.sh

Now, to make NetEqualizer start using different configurations at different times of day, you will use:

  • crontab /root/crontab

Then, in the /art/autostart file, enter:

  • crontab /root/ crontab_entries

That should do it!

NOTE: When using nano, you use CTRL-o and enter to save and CTRL-x to exit. There is a menu at the bottom if you forget. The “-w” means don’t wrap lines.

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