SANTA CLARA, CA -- May 13, 2002 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. is making the delivery of network applications simpler and more affordable than ever with the introduction of the Sun Cobalt RaQ(tm) 550 server appliance.
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The Strongbolt2 ROM
With the arrival of Strongbolt2, we have a new ROM for Cobalt servers.
The new ROM is based on the source from sourceforge.net, but modified to include a 2.6 kernel. The reason for this is to facillitate booting from USB and support for extra hardware.
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Strongbolt 2 upgrade released
A new year sees a completely new release of Strongbolt.
The Strongbolt2 upgrade is an easy process that just involves installing a couple of packages through the package management interface (bluelinq).
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Support from OS Office is nothing short of amazing.
Finding companies that stand behind their products these days can be challenging, but the staff at OS Office proves they still exist.
I continue to be stunned by their response times and outstanding service.
Jim Murray
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Configuring a Firebolt as a router/gateway

Configuring a Firebolt as a router/gateway

This page is deisgned with UK internet users in mind. If you are outside of the UK, please alter your settings as appropriate.

You Must Purchase FireBolt First


Configuring your Firebolt appliance as a PPPoE (cable) gateway

  1. Ensure that your ETH1 connection is connected to your cable modem
  2. Log onto your Firebolt Appliance interface
  3. Select "Network" from the drop down menu, and select the "IP Settings" Submenu
  4. Inside the "Interfaces" Dialog box, click to edit the ETH1 interface.The edit dialog box will appear. 
  5. From the "Role" drop down menu, select tochange the interface to External.
  6. From the "Type" drop down box, select to change the type to DSL/PPPOE. The Usernam, password and MTU settings will appear.
  7. Insert the username and Password that your ISP has given you (See Figure 1. - Connection settings).
  8. Insert the MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) (usually 1500 for a BT connection)
  9. Click "Confirm" to save your settings

The PPP connection will now start.

Figure 1 - Configure connection settings

Configure Firebolt internet connection settings

Configuring your Firebolt appliance as a PPPoA (ADSL) gateway

Whilst it may seem simpler to connect you existing USB ADSL modem to the Firebolt, this is practice is harder to configure. There are several reasons for this:

  1. The connection software in the GUI is setup for creating a PPPoE connection
  2. Configuring ADSL modems on the command line can be problematic, and documentation is often out of date or incomplete
  3. The device drivers for your ADSL modem may not be available

Configuring a PPPoE to PPPoA bridged connection

We can use a router that is capable of bridging to make the connection.

The SmartAX MT882 is a very common modem in the UK. Distributed by TalkTalk, this modem is ideal for PPPoE to PPPoA bridging.

To configure Bridging on the SmartAX MT882

  1. Log into the MT882  control panel (usually located at, and typing the username and password.
  2. In the sidebar, click on WAN Setting.
  3. Set the WAN Type to RFC2684Bridged and let the connection type remain at Pure Bridged.
  4. Click on apply.
  5. The router will now reboot.
  6. The unit is now configured as a bridge.
  7. Configure the Firebolt as decribed above "Configuring your Firebolt appliance as a PPPoE (cable) gateway"