Explorer consists of five software modules :
Explorer Server 4 : Softvision Explorer server
Explorer Manager 4 : administration programme to
control connections and manage users.
Explorer Client 4 : allows customers to navigate
and protects the machine it is installed on.
Explorer Printer Monitor 4 : allows monitoring of
customers’ print jobs.
Explorer Coins 4 : allows a computer with an
electronic coin acceptor to be set up as a re-charge workstation.
The Server and Manager modules are to be installed on the computer used as the
server while Explorer Client must be installed on all the stations used for
surfing. Instead, the other
two modules are installed using the ExplorerPrinterMonitor.exe and ExplorerCoins.Exe
installation programs. The Printer Monitor
must only be installed when you want to monitor USB printers connected
to computers that don't execute any other modules (Explorer Manager, Explorer
Client or Explorer Coins). Lastly, Explorer Coins should be installed
on computers with an electronic coin acceptor, to be set up as a recharge
Now we will look
in detail at how an Internet Café management system must be structured.
The premises must
have a network with a computer, with Explorer Manager installed, acting
as a server and all other computers used as navigation workstations. The
latter must have Explorer Client installed.
All the computers are connected to the network through
a router or switch. Generally the router includes an ADSL modem which
makes the connection to the internet, but any other device may be used
for the connection, for example an Ethernet modem, USB modem etc.
following diagram illustrates this configuration :
For the configuration
of the router/modem and network cards there are no particular instructions
: any address space which is assigned statically or by the router’s DHCP
server may be used.
The configuration we have just seen is normally used by the Cyber cafe module
of Softvision Explorer. An interesting feature of this configuration is
that the server does not necessarily need to be present in the local network,
but may also be remote.