Pipeline 50 Specification Sheet

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Pipeline 50
Remote users demand a networking
solution powerful enough to handle
the complexities of accessing an
enterprise LAN or the Internet.
The Ascend Pipeline 50 delivers
the performance needed to make
reliable, high-speed connections.
R emote Access
Internet Access
Small Office
The award-winning Pipeline® 50 is an Ethernet-to-ISDN router with
integrated ICSA-certified SecureConnect™ Firewall, 40-bit IPSec encryption
for VPN support, simultaneous IP, IPX and AppleTalk routing, and
multiprotocol bridging. Included is an integrated NT1 (US only), Network
Address Translation (NAT) for dynamic IP addressing, simple Java GUI
for set-up, and DHCP server functionality. The high-performance
Pipeline 50 capitalizes on digital technology to provide transparent
connections that are free of the corruption and noise found with analog
solutions. With the Pipeline 50, remote users access enterprise
resources or dial into Internet services as easily as if they were at
the central site. The Pipeline 50 is also now field-upgradable to the
Pipeline 75 functionality.
Bandwidth optimization features in the Pipeline 50 minimize recurring
network operating costs while increasing performance. The Pipeline 50
offers a broad range of advanced remote management features that
enable network managers to achieve maximum control over their entire
network – from the central site to remote offices. The Pipeline 50
delivers all the features and functionality needed for making highquality, cost-effective remote network connections.
Advanced Remote Networking/VPN Solution for Small and Remote Offices
Digital technology provides reliable remote
network connections
SmoothConnect ensures easy and
cost-effective connectivity
The Pipeline 50 uses an ISDN BRI line to make
resilient remote connections to the corporate LAN
or the Internet. Simultaneous connections to different
locations can be made using a single digital line.
Ascend SmoothConnect™ provides all the features
and functionality that make it easy and cost-effective
to connect to a corporate headquarters or the Internet.
It allows even novice users to configure and setup
their Pipeline for access, removing the barriers that
used to make remote connectivity cumbersome. In
addition, SmoothConnect reduces costs by making
efficient use of protocols and bandwidth. This
functionality includes the following ease-of-use
and cost savings features:
• Standard U interface (National ISDN 1 compliant;
S/T model also available)
• Certified for operation in more than 40
countries worldwide
Centralized management capabilities simplify
maintenance of remote sites
Remote management capabilities reduce the cost of
installation and ongoing support by enabling network
managers to monitor and troubleshoot remote user
problems directly from the central site. Network
managers can continuously “fine tune” the network
at any time, either locally or remotely.
• SNMP MIB II support
• NavisAccess™ software for extensive and complete
control of all devices, components and services
• Telnet remote management
• Ascend remote management protocol
• Syslog
• WAN loopback
• Flash memory for easy software upgrades
Concurrent routing and bridging ensures efficient
connectivity to all LANs and the Internet
Concurrent routing and bridging eliminates the need
for two separate devices by providing one configurable
solution for accessing any LAN and the Internet.
• IP, IPX and AppleTalk routing
• BCP standard multiprotocol bridging
• PPP, Multilink PPP, Multilink Protocol Plus™ (MP+)
and Bandwidth Allocation Control Protocol (BACP)
Virtual Private Network
Diverse remote employees connected
with a central site via encrypted VPNs.
• The Java-based Pipeline Configurator is a state-ofthe-art configuration utility for graphical point-andclick Pipeline setup and configuration
• AutoSwitch and AutoSPID detection automatically
detects the ISDN switch type and SPID numbers
• Ascend’s patented Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation™
saves money by increasing/decreasing bandwidth as
needed for the duration of your connection
• Integrated idle timer allows Pipeline users to remain
connected without paying for telecommunications
resources when they aren’t being used
• Network Address Translation (NAT) eliminates the
need to pay for a dedicated TCP/IP address by allowing
the Pipeline to accept a dynamically assigned address
from a central-site pool of addresses
• Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
spoofing allows network managers to configure and
dynamically assign IP addresses across multiple
clients from the Pipeline
• Data compression that boosts throughput up to
512 Kbps to handle bandwidth-intensive files
Ascend SecureConnect Solution
Comprehensive security for iron-clad
remote networking
Support for user authentication makes it easy to manage
the security of large-scale remote access applications.
• Authentication profiles: PAP, CHAP,
Calling Line ID (CLID)
• Token-based security with support for multiple
vendors’ products
• Callback assures connections are made with
known users
• Transmit and receive packet filtering
• Ascend SecureConnect™ Firewall and 40-bit IPSec
encryption provides complete network protection
• Telnet password
Built-in Ethernet interface maximizes
performance and compatibility
The Ethernet interface gives you the flexibility to connect
any type of computer directly to the Pipeline 50. With
10 Mbps Ethernet, you can take advantage of the full
throughput of an ISDN BRI line.
• Supports multiple platforms
(PC, UNIX workstation, or Macintosh)
• Supports varying software configurations
Protect corporate resources with Ascend SecureConnect
Ascend SecureConnect is a suite of integrated software features
that run on Ascend router platforms, WAN access switches, and
personal computers to provide network users with sophisticated
and complete firewall and VPN security solutions. SecureConnect
offers advanced firewall and VPN capabilities that have traditionally only been available in expensive stand-alone products.
SecureConnect integrates these value-added features in the
Ascend Pipeline, MAX, and Client PC platforms to provide unparalleled cost-effectiveness and ease of management and support.
• SecureConnect Firewall is a sophisticated, stateful inspection
firewall that utilizes state-of-the-art technologies that are
similar to those which can be found in competitive standalone firewall solutions costing $15,000 or more.
• SecureConnect Encrypted VPN includes the industry-standard
IPSec encryption implementation for a comprehensive smallto mid-sized company VPN solutions. With 40-bit (standard),
56-bit, and Triple DES IPSec encryption options*, users can
choose the level of security that is appropriate for their business.
• SecureConnect Client (SCC) is the SecureConnect feature
for personal computers that has been added to Intragy
Access™ client software. SCC includes SecureConnect
Firewall and IPSec encryption.
*Subject to U.S. export restrictions
Java-Based Pipeline Configurator
Network Address Translation
Pipeline 50 users can avoid paying for a dedicated IP
address with the Network Address Translation (NAT)
capability. When a Pipeline user connects to the Internet
or any other IP network, a network address can be
transparently assigned to the user for the duration of
the connection session. And when NAT is used in conjunction with the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
(DHCP) spoofing, IP address management becomes a
breeze. Network managers can configure and dynamically
assign IP addresses to multiple workstations on the
remote office LAN in one easy step.
Internet Access
The Pipeline 50 connects remote users to the Internet over an ISDN
BRI line. At speeds up to 512 Kbps, it’s a breeze to download highresolution graphics and video clips, or just simply surf the Internet.
The Java-based Pipeline Configurator is a graphical user
interface (GUI) that lets Pipeline users configure, save,
and restore their Pipeline configurations from a PC or
Macintosh over an Ethernet LAN connection. It is included
free of charge on the Pipeline Companion CD-ROM or
you can download via anonymous ftp at
The Pipeline configurator offers a comprehensive QuickStart
utility designed to get users up and running in less than
15 minutes. Because the configurator runs over Ethernet, it
eliminates the need for a serial cable, VT-100 terminal, or
terminal emulation software.
Navis network and service management provide advanced
network control
The Ascend Navis™ suite of powerful network and service management
applications lets service providers deliver new networking services to business
and enterprise customers more quickly and profitably. In turn, this gives
enterprise managers access to public networks with services that meet their
needs. Navis software provides service providers and enterprise managers
with extensive wide area network (WAN) and service management:
• Integrated solution for complete control across the WAN
• A robust solution that drives down service provider operating costs by protecting
data, ensuring network uptime and reducing on-going maintenance costs
• Superior network management across the access, edge and core layers
of the WAN
Hardware Specifications
8.63 in x 6.19 in x 1.25 in/
22 cm x 15.7 cm x 3.2 cm
2.25 lbs/1.13 kg
LAN Interface
10 Mbps Ethernet (AUI, 10Base-T)
WAN Interfaces
BRI U Interface (model: P50-1UBRI)
BRI S/T Interface (model: P50-1SBRI)
Software Upgrade
Via built-in flash RAM
Power Requirements
90-130VAC, 0.4A
220-240VAC, 0.2A
Operating Requirements
Temperature: 32-104˚F/0-40˚C
Altitude: 0-14,800 feet/0-4,500 meters
Relative Humidity: 5-9o% (non-condensing)
Safety Certifications
FCC Part 68, FCC Part 15
Software Specifications
Protocols Supported
TCP/IP, IPX and AppleTalk routing, BCP standard bridging
of all protocols, Network Address Translation, DHCP
WAN Protocols Supported
PPP, Multilink PPP (MP), Multilink Protocol Plus (MP+)
Bandwidth Management
MP, MP+, TCP header compression, STAC data compression,
Bandwidth Allocation Control Protocol (BACP)
PAP, CHAP, Callback, Telnet password, token-based
security, CLID, packet filtering, SecureConnect Firewall
with 40-bit IPSec encryption
40-bit IPSec encryption standard; 56-bit/3 DES optional
SNMP, Telnet, Syslog, Ascend’s remote management
protocol, direct serial cable connection (DB-9)
Pipeline 50 Back Panel
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Ascend Communications, Inc. is a leading provider
of wide area network and intelligent networking
technologies for the next-generation public network,
a packet-based infrastructure that integrates data,
fax, video, and voice communications.
Ascend markets the Ascend SS7 Gateway, B-STDX,
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