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General Information

The MF840 Mutli-function Appliance is the easiest way to network your entire office and get connected to the Internet. Taurus has everything you need to get started (hardware, cable, software, etc...). In a single purchase, you have file and peripheral sharing, shared Internet access, e-mail, schedule back-up, secure firewall, and Intranet. The Taurus provides all the functionality and performance needed to network and run a small business. Standard with built-in networking software and optimized applications, the Taurus supports up to 500 users and supplies high capacity internal storage. The MF840 Mutli-function Appliance is the perfect solution for a growing small business.

  • Combines a powerful processor and large storage capacity with state-of-the-art networking capabilities in one ultra-compact box.

  • Optimized for small and medium-sized businesses with up to 500 users.

  • Plug-and-Play simplicity and reliability.
    No per-user software licenses or other hidden costs

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Features in the MF840 Mutli-function Appliance include:

  • Powerful Pentium III based CPU with compact footprint
  • LCD configuration panel
  • Smartcard drive
  • Internet Gateway/Router
  • Web cache/DNS/DHCP
  • Firewall/VPN
  • Network Address Translation
  • Support broadband connection
  • Support 802.11b wireless network (optional)
  • Print Sharing and Spooling
  • Remote Access VPN (PPTP)


File and Print Sharing

MF840 Mutli-function Appliance uses the Open Source SAMBA to provide Windows users with Server Message Block (SMB) file sharing. Windows users can find a MF840 Mutli-function Appliance using the Network Neighborhood without installing any additional software on their systems. Network File System (NFS) lets you make folders (or in UNIX terms, directories) available to UNIX and Linux users.

To share files with users who aren’t on your local network, MF840 Mutli-function Appliance includes an Internet file sharing server. Remote users can transfer large files over the Internet using a Web browser or a dedicated File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client. You control what known and anonymous users may access.

Taurus makes it very easy to share printer for any computers connected to the local area network via the parallel port. This is a faster connection than a serial connection.

Taurus does not require any printer drivers. Taurus receives the formatted print job from a client PC/notebook and sends to the printer connected to Taurus. Hence the printer driver only needed to be installed on the client PC or notebook.

Access Control using Smartcard Drive

The smart card is one of the latest additions to the world of information technology. Similar in size to today's plastic payment card, the smart card has a microprocessor or memory chip embedded in it. The chip stores electronic data and programs that are protected by advanced security features. When coupled with the Taurus built-in reader, the smart card has the processing power to serve many different applications. As an access-control device, smart cards make personal and business data available only to the appropriate users.


To prevent unauthorized network and server access from the outside, MF840 Mutli-function Appliance includes packet filter firewall. The firewall protects your company’s private data while giving your users full Internet access. NAT hides your internal network from the Internet, giving you additional protection from hackers. With new SSH remote access, system administrators will be able to securely connect to their MF840 Mutli-function Appliance without fear of hackers or snoops. Encrypted passwords, secure key authentication, and root logins can all be enabled or disabled.


Taurus supports POP3, IMAP4, SMTP and Multi-drop POP protocol.

Post Office Protocol (POP) is a standard protocol for receiving email. POP is a client/server protocol in which email is received and held for you by Taurus. When you read your mail, all of it immediately downloaded to your computer and no longer maintained on the Taurus. POP3 is built into the Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers.

POP and IMAP deal with receiving email from your Taurus; Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is a protocol for transferring email between points on the Internet. You send email with SMTP and a mail handler receives it on your recipient's behalf. This mail is read using POP or IMAP.

Web Hosting

MF840 Mutli-function Appliance makes it easy to set up, configure and monitor multiple Web sites. You don't have to be an expert to run and manage a reliable and powerful Web server. MF840 Mutli-function Appliance uses industry leader Apache to serve Web sites out of the box. During installation, the Configuration menu automatically configures your server to start Apache if you so choose.

Wireless LAN Ready

Enabling Wireless Access Point is as easy as plugging in a Samsung 802.11b Wireless WI-FI certified PC card into the server. The Wireless Access Point's high-powered antenna offers a range of operation of up to 600 feet (open space), providing seamless roaming throughout your wireless LAN infrastructure.

The upgrade kit instantly transforms your MF840 Mutli-function appliance into a complete wireless access point that allows file sharing for Windows or Macintosh based clients. It also makes it much easier to add or move workstations, and to provide connectivity in areas where it is difficult to lay cable.

It is compatible with any 802.11b (Wi-Fi-certified) wireless LAN PC Card or PCI adapter installed on the client PC. The Taurus Access Point operates in 2.4 GHz Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) for wireless networks in the home or office environment with transparent bridging and roaming capabilities. It can be managed remotely via the web-based configuration menu. It also supports WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) and user authentication to ensure a secure network connection.

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• Intelฎ Celeronฎ Processor 900MHz and above (Socket 370 FCPGA/FCPGA2).

• 2x 168-pin DIMM sockets.
• Up to 512-MB SDRAM (PC-133).

Internal Storage
• 40-GB IDE Hard Disk Drive. (3.5" ATA-100).

External Ports
• 2x 10/100BaseT Ethernet ports.
• 2x USB connectors.
• 1x PS/2 port
• 1x SPP/EPP/ECP Printer port.
• 1x RS232C Serial port (9-pin).
• 1x IrDA Infrared port.
• 1x VGA Display connector.
• 1x Smart Card slot.
• 1x DC Power connector.

Front Panel
• 5x Status LEDs (Power, HDD, LAN-1, LAN-2, PCMCIA).
• 128 x 64 backlit graphics LCD display.
• 1x Soft Power button.
• 1x 4-way menu navigation pad.
• 4x programmable soft keys.

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• 1x CardBus slot (for WLAN card).
• 1x internal PCI expansion slot.

• Chassis Lock.
• Security Lock.

• Dimensions: 225(H) x 110(W) x 251(D) mm
• Weight: 3.50 kg (System Unit).

• Operating Temperature: 0 - 40 C (32 - 104 F).
• Humidity: 10 - 85 % (non-condensing).

Power Supply Unit
• Universal AC adapter.
• Input: 100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz.
• Output: 19V, 3.7A.
• Typical Power Consumption: 40W.
• Power Cord: International options.

Regulatory Approvals
• FCC Class B, CE, C-Tick, VCCI, CISPR-22B.


Software Specifications

Internet Gateway/Router
Share a single high-speed connection to the Internet. Save costs by eliminating individual dial-out modems. Automatically disconnect from the Internet when there is no activity.

Web Cache
Enhance web browsing experience by caching frequently accessed web pages in the local hard disk. Minimize ISP connection charges.

Email Server
Enhance communications using advanced electronic messaging capabilities.

File and Printer Sharing
Enhance workgroup productivity with document and file sharing capabilities. Share expensive high-speed printers.

Web Server
Create secure Intranet and Internet web sites. Enhance intra-company communications. Bring your business online.

Protect your network from hackers and unauthorized intruders.

VPN (Virtual Private Networking)
Gain secure access to network resources while out of the office or telecommuting.

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Network Address Translation
Share a single IP address for the entire office network. Hide your private network from the public Internet with NAT, port forwarding and port redirection capabilities.

Automatically configure your network settings and services.

WAN/Internet Connectivity
Choose the type of Internet connection best suited to your needs.

Wireless Networking (optional)
Deploy mobile and scalable networks without the cost and hassles of laying network cables.

Simple Administration
Use the Front panel LCD display and browser-based administration tool to manage user profiles and network services and to monitor system status. No special networking knowledge required.

Optimized Linux Operating System
Based on the Linuxฎ 2.4 kernel. Proven reliability and compatibility.

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