This new VPN feature on offers a secure communication environment that prevents unauthorised users from accessing a company’s network, while at the same time reducing costs. Fishbone™ uses all available broadband/access, allowing customised VPN implementation. The VPN feature supports multiple lines and sessions with automatic failover, which means that if a line goes down, the VPN session is not interrupted.
The firewall feature ensures a network's availability, as well as the security of the company's resources, by protecting the network infrastructure against unauthorised access, network- and application-layer attacks, viruses, and worms. It offers features such packet-filtering, source and destination NAT, session limitation and L7 (application) filtering, offering the ability to limit or block applications such as P2P (e.g. Bittorrent), games and instant messengers (e.g. MSN, Yahoo).
Bandwidth management / QoS
The bandwidth management feature allows control of bandwidth by implementing guaranteed and burstable IP or protocol-based bandwidth policies.
The reporting feature provides comprehensive and detailed analysis of the Fishbone™ environment. The following reporting is available via the GUI (Graphical User Interface) and is exportable:
- Fishbone™ hardware performance
- Source and destination IP usage (charting)
- Statistical usage by protocol (TCP, UDP, ICMP)
- Statistical usage by application (web, mail, etc.)
- Statistical usage on user-defined filters
- Traffic accounting
The content filtering feature enables an organisation to control user access to inappropriate content, which reduces organisational liability and increases productivity. Using the Fishbone™ web-based interface, a company administrator is able to set custom policies for website filtering, mail filtering, instant messenger filtering and FTP filtering. Advanced layer 7 (application layer) filtering is also available, allowing control of bandwidth-heavy P2P applications.
Video and voice support
Using the Fishbone™ proprietary bonding protocol, the bonded access lines (DSL) are dynamically managed via line speed and quality differences (packet loss, latency, etc.), which allows for greater tolerances on a traditionally “uneven” DSL infrastructure. This feature, which is unique to Fishbone™, offers unrivalled video and voice quality over a bonded DSL connection.