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Thursday, June 27, 2002

Asante has announced new virtual private network (VPN) routers for the home and SOHO market: The FriendlyNET VR2004 series both include 4-port switch, VPN, intrusion detection, backup modem port, and SPI firewall. The VR2004C is $169 MSRP, the VR2004AC which includes 802.11b goes for $325.

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

CD/CD-RW drive maker Teac is entering the network attached storage business. The company's Vendotto Microservers will come with 80, 120, 160 or 240 gigabytes of space and can serve as a file, web, or print server, or Internet router. Each Vendotto will have a dual network interface cards so it can be a gateway for the network plus a connection to the ISP. It will come installed with iOffice, a groupware software tool for office communications. It will support networks running versions of Windows, Mac, Solaris, Linux, and SCO Unix, among others.

TROY Wireless has announced the EtherPortal 802.11b access point. The product is a combo AP and router with packet filtering firewall and 4-port 10/100 switch, plus print server. The product comes with a Java-based administration utility.

Monday, June 24, 2002
Monday, June 24, 2002

Netgear's ProSafe line of secure products has been announced. Models include the ProSafe 802.11b Wireless Firewall with Print Server (FM114P, $271), ProSafe Wireless-Ready Firewall (FR114W, $154, can use an 802.11b PC Card) and the ProSafe Firewall with Print Server (FR114P, $154). Each has a 10/100 WAN port for faster Internet throughput to client PCs.

Thursday, June 20, 2002

SMC Networks is going to be using Texas Instruments' ACX100 MAC/baseband 802.11b chip. It offers a 22Mbps turbo mode, but can also work with standard 11Mbps 802.11b products. The chip will appear in SMC's EZ Connect Turbo 802.11 product line. Other companies using the ACX100 include US Robotics and D-Link.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

SMC Networks is now shipping two new Barricade Plus Cable/DSL Broadband Routers, one wired (the $159 SMC7004FW with four 10/100 ports) and one wireless (the $259 SMC7004WFW with three 10/100 ports and 802.11b ). Both support up to three VPN tunnels (PPTP and IPSec), NAT firewall, SPI firewall, parental control, access control, URL blocking, IP and MAC filtering, and logging. The standard Barricade router line has also been expanded to include new wired ($80 SMC7004VBR) and wireless ($150 SMC7004VWBR) models, each with a 4-port switch, VPN pass-through, NAT and SPI firewalls, and even Denial of Service attack protection. All the new routers feature SMC's new EZ 3-click installation Wizard.

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

D-Link has announced the cheapest router yet, the $59 MSRP DI-604 Express EtherNetwork Cable/DSL Router features a 4-port 10/100 switch, Web-based configuration with profiles you can save to your hard drive, URL/domain/IP address blocking, remote management, logging, MAC authentication, NAT firewall, VPN pass-through for IPSec/L2TP/PPTP, Stateful packet inspection, DHCP server, dynamic routing, DMZ hosting, and probably a couple more things they didn't mention. It is available now and comes with a one year warranty and 24/7 free tech support.

Netlock Technologies is making available the Netlock SOHO Security Suite, a software bundle for encrypting and protecting communications on any size network. The suite comes with a manager tool for Windows or Solaris servers, and either five or ten Netlock Agent clients that can run on Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, or Macintosh.

Monday, June 17, 2002

Proxim is buying out the entire Agere Systems line of products, including the ORiNOCO branded gateways, access points, and client cards. Read all about it at 802.11 Planet.

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Netgear has announced a DSL Modem Internet Gateway (DG814), part of its Platinum family of products. The product is a combined DSL modem, router and 4-port switch, with NAT firewall and VPN pass-thru support.

Similar to HP and Netgear, now D-Link will be offering the security and privacy products from Zero-Knowledge to customers at no cost, with an option for subscribing at a reduced rate. The shipped Zero-Knowledge tools will include form filler, password manager, and others; users can subscribe to get the personal firewall, parental controls, and anti-virus software.

Tuesday, June 4, 2002

US Robotics has announced a new suite of broadband modems, the SureConnect Modem Family. The line consists of a USB-based DSL modem (model 9000), an Ethernet-based DSL modem (model 9001), a combo USB/Ethernet (9002), and a router with two 10/100 Ethernet ports and one USB port (9003). The SureConnect software that comes with each product checks the PC for minimum system requirements.

The fourth announcement in two days of an ADSL modem with built in router: SMC Networks' new EZ Connect ADSL Router/Modem (SMC7002AR) has Ethernet and USB ports.

D-Link has made available its first set of 802.11b products based on the Texas Instruments chip set. The D-Link AirPlus line provide up to 22Mbps throughput in the 2.4GHz band, supposedly even when used with other TI chip set products (such as US Robotics). Products include the Wireless Router/Firewall with parental control (DI-614+ for $149), a quad-mode Wireless Access Point (DWL-900AP+ for $129), a Wireless CardBus Adapter (DWL-650+ for $89), and Wireless PCI Adapter (DWL-520+ for $99). All have three year warranty and free 27/7 tech support.

IOGEAR is moving into networking by introducing new HomePlug based products: the HomePlug Ethernet Bridge (GHPB01) and HomePlug USB Adapter (GHPU01) are both priced at $149.99.

Monday, June 3, 2002

Siemen's Efficient Networks has announced the Efficient Networks 5930 ADSL Business Gateway, a combo ADSL modem, router, firewall, VPN, and 10/100 switch, with a built in V.90 backup modem. It has support for RADIUS authentication, SSH and IPSec, and even IP Quality of Service.

ZyXEL has a similar product coming to market, the Prestige 650HW all-in-one ADSL router/modem with 4-port switch and 802.11b WLAN functions. The product will retail for $499 to customers of broadband services that use ZyXEL products and should be available in mid-July.

 


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