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Pre-configured Internet Servers, Gateways and WWW Servers

We offer a wide variety of Pentium Based Internet Servers, Gateways and WWW Servers for prospective Internet Service Providers (ISP's):

The Net Express ISP Software Package, Ver. 2.2.X, is a complete Suite of ISP Services optimized for performance and security. The software is shipped with all the TCP/IP, DNS, mail, news, Radius, WWW and FTP services custom configured for your site and ready to run.

The Net Express ISP Software Package may be ordered simply by filling out the questionnaire at the end of this form and e-mailing it in along with your order form. The whole package will be delivered via Federal Express pre-installed on the hardware outlined below. Allow approximately 12 days for your package to arrive. After you are online we will log into your ISP servers and make certain everything is running. The total cost for this service is $ 1500 plus the cost of hardware you choose and shipping. We outline our suggested hardware below. However, you may choose to change this configuration. Technical Support is limited to the pre-purchase questions and installation. Our technicians will make sure you get up and running on line. Additional Technical Support is available from a qualified technician for $ 125 per hour.

Net Express ISP Software Package, Ver. 2.2.X

Prices

 

 

Part # Description Price
SOF-ISP Mail and FTP Server: includes software installation and configuration $ 500
SOF-ISP Fully Configured WWW Server: includes software installation and configuration $ 500
SOF-ISP INN NEWS Server: includes software installation and configuration  $ 500
SOF-ISP Combination Server: We generally suggest a three server package for $1500. This splits up the load. However, we can combine all or some of the services on one box for small low volume site. This costs only $500 per server.  $ 500

 

The Full ISP Package Includes

You will also need:

We will outline the specific expenses below. You may buy the complete package from us or any part of it. If you plan to us alternate hardware you should check with us before buying anything.

You're access provider will need to provide:

The domain name, class C license and DNS services are free and easy to obtain. There is a fee for the T1 line and Internet access. We will explain how you can setup these services.

Internet Servers

The ISP hardware:

ISP's generally spend thousands of dollars on consultants when they first get setup. Our aim is to get you up and running with a pre- tested $1,500 software package plus hardware.

An ISP has three computers. One computer handles the mail, FTP, Radius and DNS and may handle shell accounts. The second computer is a World Wide Web Server. The third handles the news. These three computers are connected by cable on a Local Area Network (LAN). The LAN cable also attaches to a forth device called a terminal server/router. This is a small box with a lot of ports on it. The terminal server is a 386 computer with many serial ports. Each serial port connects to a modem. Each modem connects to a separate phone line. In the same box as the terminal Server you'll have a router. (Some folks opt to buy a router in a separate box). The router acts as a traffic cop. It decides which data will stay on your LAN and which data will be forwarded to the Internet. Therefore the router is connected both to your LAN and the Internet. A cable runs from the router to a CSU/DSU. The CSU/DSU is in turn connected to your T1 line which extends to the Internet. The CSU/DSU translates your LAN data into Internet data.

Why Linux

Why Linux? Let's look at some benchmarks

Byte UNIX Benchmark 3.2:

System Bytemarks
Linux on a Pentium 133MHz 12.2
BSD on a Pentium 133MHz 9.8
Solaris 2.5 on a Pentium 133MHz 6.2
Solaris on a Sun Sparc-II Ultra 167MHz System 13.7
Solaris 2.5 on an Orion Pentium Pro 200MHz 13.5

Unix Bytemarks of the Intel and Sparc Systems:

System Bytemarks
Sun Sparc Ultra 167MHz System 13.7
Pentium Pro 200MHz with an Orion 450GX Chip Set 13.5
Pentium Pro 200MHz with a Natoma 440FX Chip Set 12.5
Pentium 133MHz with a Triton-II 430HX Chip Set 6.2

From these results we can see that Linux is a very efficient OS. Scores for Linux on the Pentium 133 were nearly as fast as Solaris 2.5 on a 167MHz Sparc Ultra or a 200MHz Pentium Pro and at a fraction of the cost. Using Linux on a Pentium Pro you can reliably server over 2,000 users. Our Linux/Apache based WWW servers have achieved over one million hits per day and our news servers are ranked among the top 100 fastest in the world.

Let's itemize what we need here

 

Internet Servers

 

Mail/FTP/DNS/Radius Server

For the mail server, we suggest the following base system. This system will handle your mail, FTP, telnet, DNS and Radius. With a WWW Server and a news server, you can handle over 2,000 users on PPP or SLIP. We suggest you only offer SLIP or PPP and not shell access. Allowing shell access requires about 4MB's of RAM per user and shell access is a major security hole. The mail server comes equipped with a 4mm DAT (Digital Audio Tape) drive to backup all the hard drives on your network onto 4mm DAT tapes via NFS.

Mail, DNS, Radius and FTP Server

Item

Price

Option III: Rack Mount 400MHz Pentium II Server 440BX with 128MB of Fast PC100 SDRAM $2165
HP C1554A DDS3 DAT 12-24GB with Bracket $950
Mail Server Installation $ 500
Total $3615

 

Add $ 95 for FedEx Shipping within the USA.

Check our current price list for the latest prices.

These prices may be out-of-date.

News Server

For a news server, we suggest the following base system which includes three BusLogic SCSI Controllers and three hard drives for improved I/O. Your news server will be your hardest working machine and the majority of this work will be in disk I/O.. The most efficient way to process news is to split the processing tasks over three separate channels with three or more spindles. This way these processes can go on in parallel. We suggest one controller and one hard drive for each of these tasks:

a) 4GB hard drive for Linux OS and news history files
b) 9GB hard drive for the news overview files
c) 9GB hard drive for the news hierarchy

One 9GB news hierarchy drive can hold about one day of news. How much news you receive will vary greatly depending on where you get your news feed. The overview file drive should be at least 25% of the capacity of the news hierarchy drive. The news server below can serve over 2,000 users as shown. This news server design is among the fastest on the market and has made the top 100 list for total news served. Note that the total volume of news is growing. Therefore more disk space may be required in the future or you may have to expire news more rapidly. If you plan to add more disk space you should consider buying this news server with the 11 bay chassis option.

Your news feed will probably use about a third of a T1 if you have a good news feed. If you decide the overhead is too high, you may want to just lease a news service from another provider. Your clients can read news from another provider upstream. This saves the the expense of the news server, the administration of the news server and all the associated T1 bandwidth.

News Server

Item

Price

Option III: Rack Mount 400MHz Pentium II Server 440BX with 128MB of CL2 PC100 SDRAM $2165
Additional Adaptec 2940U2W Ultra Wide SCSI Controllers $280
Additional IBM Draco UltraStar 9ES    DDRS-34560 22L0221 Ultra2 Wide LVD SCSI $250
Additional IBM Mako UltraStar 9LZX DRVS 08L8621 Ultra2 Wide LVD SCSI, 9GB OEM w/4MB Cache $690
(2) Bay Coolers each with two 40mm fans for hard disks $70
Two More Wide SCSI Cables $70
WWW Server Installation $ 500
Total $4025

Add $ 95 for FedEx Shipping and Boxing.
(add $160 for upgrade to 11 bay chassis plus $55 more for shipping and packaging)

Check our current price list for the latest prices.

These prices may be out-of-date.

WWW Servers

This is our suggested WWW server configuration. We have run this system with well over a million hits per day. This should be able to handle all your personal WWW accounts. However, many ISP's make additional money by installing and co-locating dedicated commercial WWW servers. Indeed, WWW co-location is a major money maker.

 

WWW Server

Item

Price

Option III: Rack Mount 400MHz Pentium II Server 440BX with 128MB of Fast PC100 SDRAM $2165
WWW Server Installation $ 500
Total $2665

Add $ 95 for FedEx Shipping and Boxing.

Check our current price list for the latest prices.

These prices may be out-of-date.

Routers, Terminal Servers and CSU/DSU's

This is the WAN hardware we suggest. We've listed some street prices but you can buy this same hardware directly from the manufacturer, from us or from any other vendor.

CSU/DSU: Adtran $750

Livingston (Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs) PM-2-ER30, Router/Terminal Server Combo:
o 30 Asynchronous serial ports (115.2Kbps) for 30 modems
o One Ethernet connection (w/AUI, BNC, RJ-45)
o Includes Router
o One synchronous T1/E1 routing port
o Includes V.35 Cable for CSU/DSU connection
o Price $2875

Cables
5 Ethernet Cables $ 25
1 V.34 Cable $ 105

8 10Base-T port Hub $ 100

USR Courier 33.6 Modems or Rack Mount Modems. Budget about $200 per modem. We suggest a 9:1 user to modem ratio.

Additional information on 56K modems and digital terminal servers is below.

We also sell Rose monitor/keyboard/mouse switching systems. These allow one keyboard, mouse and monitor to control all the servers. You can find these units on our "Cables, Floppies, Keyboards and Mice Page."

However, good old telnet works fine too.

In addition look into buying a good UPS and air conditioning unit. You'll find APC UPS's on our Power Supply and UPS page. Sorry, we don't sell air conditioners.

In addition you'll need a monitor of your choosing.

Summary of Costs

Here is the total cost for all three servers including software and shipping:

$3615 Mail/DNS/FTP Server Hardware and Software configured
$4025 News Server Hardware and Software configured (Add $125 for 11-bay chassis)
$2665 Web Server Hardware and Software configured
$220 14 inch Monitor
$130 Cables
$100 HUB
$750 CSU/DSU
$2875 30-port Terminal Server/Router Combo
$5400 30 External USR 33.6 modems ($180x30)
$150 30 Modem Cables ($5x30)
$430 FedEx Shipping within the lower 48 US states
$20,360 Total Delivered

You will also need to budget funds for your T1 line and modem lines. This price does not include a cabinet. We can provide cabinets or you can make your own rack (or simply use a table).

Note this quote is for 30 modems running at 33.6bps max. For each additional modem add $2625 per 30 port terminal server, $180 per modem and $5 per modem cable. Rack mount modem units are also available.

We can also accommodate ISDN or 56K access. 56K access requires a terminal server with 56K integrated digital modems. We also offer this option in one small rack mount unit, the Livingston (Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs) Port Master 3 2T Digital Access Server (PM3-2T) which can accommodate from eight to 48 56K or ISDN lines. The PM3-2T accepts up to six cards. Each card includes either eight or ten 56K digital modems. For each 24 56K modems one channelized T1 line must be brought in to carry the incoming calls. This is known as "trunk side termination." So for 48 modems, two channelized T1's would be required for incoming lines. Alternately 23 64K ISDN lines can be accommodated per PRI. A sample quote including a PM3-2T with 48 56K digital modems is below. However, you may wish to start with fewer modems and add cards as you need them.

$3615 Mail/DNS/FTP Server Hardware and Software configured
$4025 News Server Hardware and Software configured (Add $125 for 11-bay chassis)
$2665 Web Server Hardware and Software configured
$220 14 inch Monitor
$130 Cables
$100 HUB
$750 CSU/DSU
$14,454 Livingston Terminal Server with 48 56K Digital Modems Rack Mount
$1599 Livingston IRX 111 Router
$430 FedEx Shipping within the lower 48 US states
$27,988 Total Delivered

You will also need to budget funds for your T1 line and modem lines. This price does not include a cabinet. We can provide cabinets you can make your own rack (or simply use a table).

ISP Order Information

If your interested in ordering you can fill out an order form and send it to sales.Order forms and order information is at:

http://www.netexpresslabs.com/info/orderform.html

All systems are Custom made. pricing is a la carte. Our pricing is straight forward. The total cost of a system is merely the sum of the individual parts. There are no discounts nor hidden fees (Except Net30 PO prices which are 3% higher). You can buy either parts or a whole system. If you want to make a part substitution or addition, you can cut and paste any price from our price list. Assembly is free.

We will also need the following information which will be provided to you by your Internet Access provider:

Your Domain Name:
Your IP Addresses:
Your Secondary Name Server IP Address:
Your Secondary Name Server Name:
Gateway Router IP address:
(Assuming IP Numbered or Destination Route if using IP Unnumbered)
Net Mask for your Gateway Router:
The Name of the server Feeding You News:
Type of line(T1, FT1, 56K, Frame Relay or Point-to-Point):
If T1 line, standard or extended super frame:
If Frame Relay, speed, DLCI numbers and circuit ID:

Watch Out!

Make certain your service provider does not change your IP numbers on you. If they do we'll have to reconfigure the whole kit-and-caboodle. To do this we'll need to make up a custom set of installation disks to reconfigure your system. If they change IP numbers within 30 days of the time we get your IP information, we'll charge $ 250 to make up a set of these custom disks. After 30 days we will charge by the hour. Therefore, it's a good idea to tell you service provider that you'll charge them $ 250 if they break their contract and change your IP numbers on you.

One last warning. You should plug in your ISP setup and confirm that it's working before you start to change any settings. That way you'll be able to confirm that everything is in good working order when you start. If you reconfigure it before getting online you could do serious damage and we will have to charge by the hour to undo that damage.

For additional technical information please contact tech@netexpresslabs.com. For prices contact sales[at]netexpresslabs[dot]com. You can substitute any part from our price list.

Give yourself plenty of time to get everything going. Good Luck!

Technical Resources in Print

 

Books:

For an excellent selection of books see our book page at: http://www.netexpresslabs.com/software/software.html

Technical Resources Online

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