Cisco software aims to make routers easier to handle

Cisco Systems has unveiled new tools for simplifying the installation, setup and configuration of Cisco routers. Both ConfigMaker, designed to help resellers and network administrators, and Fast Step, intended for small and home offices, are available as free software downloads from Cisco's Website.

Cisco Systems has unveiled new tools for simplifying the installation, setup and configuration of Cisco routers.

ConfigMaker was designed to help resellers and network administrators configure either individual or a network of Cisco routers. It guides users through network design and addressing and simplifies the delivery of file configurations to routers on the network. It also gives administrators graphical views of the entire network. It will become a standard feature of the Cisco 1000, 1600, 2500 and 3600 routers.

Cisco Fast Step was designed for small and home offices and leads users step-by-step through the process of setting up and configuring a Cisco 700 series router. It will also be a standard feature of all 700 series routers starting in July.

Both Fast Step and ConfigMaker are also available as free software downloads from Cisco's World Wide Web site.

In other networking news, Acacia Networks has slashed the prices of its entire line of stackable, programmable 10M/100M/1G LAN switches. Acacia's net Gigabit Ethernet pricing will drop to US$1,495, and its 10M/100M bit/sec. autosensing Fast Ethernet will cost $350 per port. Pricing for Ethernet switching start at $99 per port in the TruStak Starter Kit and $145 per port for the NovaSwitch 2400EX.

Cisco is at http://www.cisco.com/.

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