Sophos Debuts AP 5 Wireless Access Point
The AP 5 wireless access point can support up to five users and can be connected to Sophos' unified threat management (UTM) platform.Data security specialist Sophos released AP 5, the latest version of its wireless access point (WAP), which supports up to five users and connects via a USB port to the company's Remote Ethernet Device (RED) to create a secured wireless branch-office solution aimed at small and midsize businesses (SMBs). At the main office, wireless security is controlled through Sophos' Unified Threat Management (UTM) platform to ensure compliance with company security policies. The AP 5 supports the 2.4GHz frequency band and is compliant to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 b/g/n WLAN standards. It can transmit a single Service Set Identifier (SSID) (a 32-character alphanumeric key uniquely identifying a wireless LAN) and delivers wireless data rates up to 150Mbps. Sophos said it also plans to enable the UTM appliance to connect to the AP 5 in order to extend the platform's capabilities.
Sophos Access Points forward wireless traffic to the UTM appliance, where all security applications run, allowing wireless clients to obtain the same level of UTM security as if they were physically connected to the LAN. Network protection includes configurable firewall and intrusion-protection systems to protect against denial-of-service attacks, sophisticated worms and hacker exploits, as well as corporate email protection, Web protection and server protection.