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Working with Interfaces and Roles

Note: This topic applies to the Hearst Release.

Note: Support for Internet connections using dial-up modems has been withdrawn. For more information, contact your Smoothwall representative.

“Interface” can refer to both a software interface, such as a virtual LAN, and a physical network interface card (NIC). Within the Smoothwall, “interface” typically refers to a software interface, whereas NICs have “roles”.

New NICs added to your appliance are automatically added to the configuration as a BASIC interface. You must configure additional interfaces for Internet connections, connections from internal clients for web filtering purposes, and so on.

Note: The configuration entered for the NIC during the installation is to allow access to the Smoothwall from the administration user interface. For more information, see Using the Quick Installation Method or Using the Advanced Installation Method.