CIFS Client/Server: File Sharing Middleware
CIFS-NQ (Network Quick) Client/Server middleware provides a practical, simple to implement and quick to market solution through integration of the Microsoft CIFS client/server capabilities into the Windows CE, Wind River VxWorks, Embedded Linux and other embedded real time operating systems. Enabled with NQ, these embedded devices are able to perform full client, server, and client/server file sharing functionalities in a Microsoft Windows networking environment. File sharing enables multiple embedded devices to remotely browse each other's shared folders and to read, write, edit, copy, delete and update each other's files... all operations being done without the need to transfer information to the device's local disk or memory.
CIFS-NQ product is a must for all Networked Embedded Systems, ranging from common network infrastructure peripherals such as Routers and Switches, over SOHO Scanners and Printers to PDA, MP3 Players, Set-Top boxes and Home Appliances such as Ovens and Stoves, Refrigerators, Washing Machines and Access Control Devices.
CIFS-NQ is a software product based on all industry standards with a small footprint and guaranteed Plug'N'Play. CIFS-NQ already runs on Wind River's VxWorks, Microsoft's CE and the Linux Operating System and can be ported to any other Operating System a device manufacturer may name.
Once integrated into the device, hooking the NQ enabled device onto the Microsoft Network will allow the user to see the device among Windows' "My Network Places" (formerly known as "Network Neighborhood"). Users and embedded devices can now perform full client, server, and client/server file sharing functionalities such as browsing each other's shared folders and reading, writing, editing, copying, deleting and updating each other's files.
Changing configuration settings, downloading, upgrading or whatever is now as simple as clicking on the device icon seen among My Network Places. NQ enabled products can be easily plugged into the network and requires none of today's installation procedures, which in most cases people simply don't want to even try.
Getting NQ off the shelf will allow manufacturers to save time and money on expensive R&D, enabling them to center efforts on their core technology.
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