Review: ClarkConnect Gateway / Server

Features

As I mentioned earlier, the web interface is probably ClarkConnect's most notable feature and is very slick, professional, and easy to use. To access it, just open up a browser on any computer on the same local network and point it to port 82 of the ClarkConnect box's IP address. You'll receive a prompt for your username and password. Login as root and you'll be greeted with something similar to Figure 1.

Figure 1: Current Status
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Obviously, this page gives you information about well, current status. You can tell at a glance here how much disk space you have left, for instance.

One of the first things you should do with any newly-installed operating system is install updates. ClarkConnect makes this very easy. You'll need to register online with the ClarkConnect company, but it's painless and free. Once registered, you can select Register System under the Services tab and enter your information. Once your ClarkConnect box contacts the mother ship to make sure everything's OK, you'll be able to view and select from a list of critical updates (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Critical Updates
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Go ahead and check each update, then click Go and all the updates are installed automatically. Since you're registered now, you can also view other available software for your system, such as recommended updates, contributed software, and extra modules. All of it installs with the same easy click-and-go simplicity.

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