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How to Use Cookbook

Before you read the book, there are a few tips you need to know.

Target audience

Cookbook is written with new users in mind. However, if you use this book, you still are required to know how to use WebUI, connect cables and log in the system. Such information can be found in Getting Started Guide.

StoneOS Versions

This cookbook you are reading now is based on StoneOS 5.5.

With system updates, the user interface is subject to change, and WebUI layout may vary depending on hardware platforms. This cookbook may not comply with every detail on WebUI, please check your web pages for difference when you use this book.

Reading Sequence

When you open the book, it is better to read it in the sequence below:

  1. Go to Table of Contents, and locate the feature you need;
  2. Jump to that feature, read the scenario description and topology;
  3. Go through step key points (marked as "Step1", "Step2") to understand configuration logic;
  4. Read the left text and right screen shots to get the details.
  5. Configure your device accordingly, but substitute with your own IP address or names.

Text vs. Screenshots

The step details are explained by combing description text and screenshots. The text on the left gives configuration details, highlights and notes; the sceenshot on the right is the exact screen capture of this step.

Getting Started and Other Chapters

In this cookbook, the chapter "Getting Started" is the prerequisite for other chapters. Other chapters deem that the protected network has already finished its basic networking settings mentioned in the Getting Started chapter. In other chapters, steps like NAT, default routes and DNS are not included. So, when you reference to user scenarios in chapters other than Getting Started, you should ensure that your protected network has already been basically established.

Interface, Name, Topology

This book explains function configuration by writing scenarios (also called "cases" or "recipes"). Interface addresses, object names, and topologies are the real laboratory settings. When you configure your own network, substitute the names and addresses with your real names and addresses.

Clicking OK or Apply

Generally, when you finish filling or editing an option, you must click OK, Apply, or Confirm button to make the setting take effect. This kind of operation is universal. This book will not write specifically about this operation otherwise else is needed.