Chapter 3 Install and Uninstall

3.1. System requirements

Hardware requirements:

  CPU: Intel x86 or compatible; 266 MHz
  Memory: 64M RAM
  Network adapter: 10~1000M Ethernet adapter
  Hard Disk: 10 MB of disk space for installation
  Display: 800*600 resolution

Software requirements:

  Microsoft 32-bit Windows 2000/XP/2003 OS
  NDIS compatible driver
  TCP/IP protocols installed

3.2. Network environments

Gateway mode: (Recommended)
    <Active Wall> are required to install on the gateway server station when using a Windows server as a gateway in LAN. It is recommended that <Active Wall> is companied by RRAS or ICS provided in the Windows OS.

Gateway Mode

Bridge mode:
    If the gateway server is not the Windows OS, Bridge mode is recommended. In the Bridge mode, a computer with 2 net adapters should be deployed between the gateway and the switch (also connected with them). And the computer will serve as a network bridge, where <Active Wall> needs to be installed in. Please refer to [How to configure a network bridge] for more details.

Bridge Mode

Passby mode:
    Passby mode supports 4 kinds of network topology:
1. When the computers in LAN are connected with a shared hub, <Active Wall> can be installed in any one of the computers.

Passby Mode 1
2. When the computers in LAN are connected with a managed switch which can do mirror configurations, just configure a mirror port in the switch and connect the port to a computer which installs <Active Wall>.

Passby Mode 2
3. When the computers in LAN are connected with an unmanaged switch which cannot do mirror configurations. You need to deploy a new hub between the gateway and the switch and connect a new computer to the hub. <Active Wall> can be installed in the new computer.

Passby Mode 3
4. When the computers in LAN are connected with an unmanaged switch which cannot do mirror configurations, and if you do not deploy one more hub, you can select the Passby mode and check [Enable active redirect on passby mode] option in [Setting Option] menu.

Passby Mode 4

Note: There is some limit in Passby mode. Not all the filters can function well as usual. For details, please refer to Known problems.

Single mode:
    <Active Wall> can be installed in the single computer directly. All the filters will only filter the network actions of this computer.

Single Mode

Note: The monitor mode should be selected as a match with the current network topology. Otherwise, this software may not function well.

3.3. Installation guide

    Run the installation program. Firstly you will get a welcome page. Press <Next>.

    Please read the end user license agreement thoroughly. If you agree with it, please select [I accept] and press <Next>. If you do not agree, just press <Cancel>, it will terminate the installation at once.

    Set a path for the installation. The default path is "C:\Program Files\AWall"; other directories can also be selected by pressing <Browse>. Press <Next> after you set up the path.

    Press <Install> then begin the installation.

    When the installation program is copying files and installing drivers, the Windows OS may pop up a security dialog as follows. Just press <Continue Anyway>.

    After the installation, the software will run automatically.

Note: The network will be suspended for a little while during the installation. If you have some important network connections or applications, please save them before the installation.

3.4. Uninstall guide

    Run the installation program again. Press <Remove> to uninstall the software.

    Also you can uninstall the software through Windows [Control panel/Install Remove programs]. Open the [Control panel], double click the [Install Remove programs]. Find out the [Active Wall] item in the program list and press <Remove>.

    After the uninstall, please restart the computer at once.

Note: The network will be suspended for a little while during uninstall. If you have some important network connections or applications, please save them before the uninstall.

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