Connectivity and multi-user access

Atola TaskForce has three connectivity options:

  1. 10Gb Ethernet network
  2. Standalone mode
  3. WiFi access point (optional)

10Gb Ethernet network

TaskForce is equipped with two 10Gb Ethernet ports. Whenever the system is connected to a local network via one of its Ethernet ports, an IP address will be displayed on the IP screen on the front panel of the system.

Supported network features:

  • Two 10Gb Ethernet ports
  • Dynamic (DHCP) IP / Static IP address
  • Settings: DNS nameserver, Default gateway, Jumbo frames
  • Secure connection with password-protected network folders
  • DFS (Distributed File System) support
  • Support of HTTPS with external organizational and self-signed certificates
IP address of Atola TaskForce

IP address of Atola TaskForce

If the system is connected via both Ethernet ports, two IP addresses will be displayed on the screen. These IP addresses are assigned to TaskForce by your DHCP server.

Multi-user access

With the help of these IP addresses, TaskForce can be operated by multiple users simultaneously from their workstations or mobile devices:

  • enter either of the IP addresses as shown on the IP screen in Chrome browser on another device within the same local network.
Enter IP address in Chrome browser

Enter IP address in Chrome browser

Through Chrome browser one can remotely track and manage tasks, power devices on and off, open, edit and print cases etc.

Types of devices that can be used to access TaskForce simultaneously include:

  • Desktop PC
  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • Smartphone
  • Built-in TaskForce touch screen

TaskForce software can be open in Chrome browser within any OS.

This functionality enables a group of users to work on different assignments using the same tool. This helps utilize TaskForce’s multitasking capabilities to the maximum and track operation progress remotely. The number of users accessing TaskForce simultaneously is unlimited.

Standalone mode

TaskForce is equipped with highly responsive HD screen (see Hardware specs), which allows the system’s use in standalone mode.

Whenever the system is not connected to a network via its 10Gb Ethernet ports, Standalone mode status will be displayed on the IP screen.

In this mode, you can image data from multiple source drives to target drives in parallel. Thanks to its compact size TaskForce can be easily used in the field.

Wi-Fi access point

The third way to access TaskForce's user interface is via Wi-Fi 802.11n 150 Mb/s adapter. The adapter is optional and can be purchased from your preferred retailer. Here is a link to the supported adapter sold on Amazon. To enable the adapter, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the adapter to one of your TaskForce's USB ports.
  2. Go to Menu in the top right corner of the TaskForce web page.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Enable Wi-Fi Hotspot. An IP address will appear underneath the Wi-Fi Hotspot category.
  5. Click Settings.
Enable Wi-Fi Hotspot

Enable Wi-Fi Hotspot

  1. Enable Wi-Fi Hotspot.
  2. Set SSID and Password. To make the network invisible to other devices, select Hidden mode. Click Save.
  3. Use these details to connect to the Hotspot from another device.
Adjust Wi-Fi settings

Adjust Wi-Fi settings

  1. To open the TaskForce interface, enter the IP address (indicated under Wi-Fi Hotspot category in the Settings window, see Step 3) in the Chrome browser of the device you have connected to the Hotspot.

The vast connectivity options make TaskForce a great tool for using both in the lab and in the field.

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