This page controls
how the Appliance interacts with
Plug-in. This page
controls how the Appliance interacts with
Plug-in support is a
licensed option; so this page is greyed out if no Plug-ins are supported by
Channel Configuration Tab
Figure 1. Signaling
Channel Configuration Tab
This tab controls
the basic operation of the Appliance when dealing with Plug-ins.
- Signaling IP--This is
an IP address that is used for the signaling connection between the Plug-in and
the Appliance, which transfers status information, and for data connections
when using redirector mode.
- Signaling Port--This is
the port used by the signaling connection. Defaults to port 443 (HTTPS), which
is generally the best choice,
since it is rarely blocked by firewalls.
- Signaling Channel
Source Filtering--This feature allows Plug-in clients to be accepted or
rejected based on their source IP. This in turn allows Plug-in acceleration to
be disabled when it is not appropriate (such as when the client is at the same
site as the appliance). If this feature is enabled, a list of rules appears.
The appliance compares the source IP of every signaling connection with the
list of rules. If the IP matches an "allowed" range, the signaling connection
is accepted. If it does not, it is rejected, and the client receives no Plug-in
acceleration (and does not consume a Plug-in license.)
Mode--Choices are transparent mode (where
connections are intercepted and accelerated by
the Appliance transparently, as with
Appliance-to-Appliance communication) and redirector mode (where the Plug-in sends
accelerated connections to the Appliance
explicitly, using the Appliance as a proxy and the signaling
the proxy address. Transparent mode is recommended because redirector mode has
several liabilities that make it a mode of last resort.
Detection--This feature prevents acceleration when the Plug-in and
Appliance are on the same LAN. Such “local acceleration” is undesirable because
the Appliance’s bandwidth limit will be applied to local connections, which
will greatly reduce the speed of LAN-to-LAN traffic. To
use this feature, enable it and set the "Round Trip Time" to a value smaller
than your shortest accelerated WAN RTT, but larger than your largest LAN RTT.
- Refresh/Cancel/Apply--Depending on context, some subset of
these buttons will appear.
Note: Changes to the Status
fiels are not updated
in real time. Click
Refresh to see the actual status.
This tab enables
various housekeeping and diagnostic features related to the
Plug-in. The operation of
most features is TBD.
Figure 2. General