Celestix Networks Inc. says that it now has an access point upgrade kit for its Aries Server Appliance. The kit enables the compact server to communicate with 802.11b networks, making it possible for the server to communicate with Macs that use AirPort cards.
The Aries is a multipurpose server designed for small and medium-sized companies. The server runs a custom version of Linux, and already communicates with systems running Mac OS, UNIX, Linux and various flavors of Windows. Now, the box can work on a wireless network operating via 802.11b.
The backplane of the Aries features a PCMCIA card interface, and that’s where the 802.11b interface goes. The kit itself is comprised of a wireless card, an antenna, and an installation CD. The kit’s retail price is US$399.
The Aries integrates file sharing; Web service; POP or IMAP e-mail service; support for virtual private networking via PPTP; Firewall service; and DNS, NAT and DHCP protocol support.
The Aries has prices that start under $1000, depending on memory and storage capacity.