LAD: LateralAccessDevice

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Hardware Recommendations


While we do not have any specific brand or model of motherboard to recommend, the motherboard should have at least a dual core processor. Most motherboards with processors manufactured after 2010 would likely work, however, you will likely have better results with more recent, rather than older, ones. In any case, before installation the LAD installer will check the compatibility of your motherboard (and other hardware).


You will need a minimum of 8GB RAM if you are not using a hard drive. Depending on the motherboard, if you are using a hard drive LAD may work with as little as 4GB RAM. No particular brand or model of memory is required.


If your motherboard does not have at least two Ethernet ports, you will need a network interface card to bring the total number of Ethernet ports to two or more. The greater the number of Ethernet ports you have, the greater the number of devices you can connect directly to LAD. We have tested LAD with the following NICs:

  • Intel i250 series
  • Intel i350 series
  • Intel 82574L
  • Intel 82583V (NOTE: While this model of NIC works with LAD, it has a packet payload limitation of 1500 bytes and does not support jumbo frames)

USB Sticks

The USB stick you use should have at least 2GB, however, we recommend 8GB or more. No particular brand or model of USB stick is required.


IMPORTANT! While you may run LAD on a HDD-less computer, which reduces power consumption, no data would be stored. Having a hard drive would allow you to store data and retain it through a reboot or power down.

No particular brand, model or capacity of HDD is required, other than that it must be SATA.

LAD: LateralAccessDevice is software that turns a computer chassis into a high-performance, multi-purpose Internet / network tool that combines multi-dimensional firewalling, network monitoring, access control, packet capture, DNS, NAT and a host of other applications into one easy to use, integrated, high-security package. You can get it already preinstalled on a computer from your own vendor or you can download it directly from this website. The software is the same either way, though the version might be different.