3Com Introduces Secure Broadband Gateway
3Com Corporation on Monday unveiled a new, higher security version of its OfficeConnect broadband Internet gateway for small business.3Com Corp. on Monday unveiled a new, higher security version of its OfficeConnect broadband Internet gateway for small business. The OfficeConnect Cable/DSL Secure Gateway is an expanded version of the 3Com OfficeConnect gateway offered in February of this year. The new product features an "industry standard" firewall that tracks transactions to ensure that inbound packets were requested by the user, and contains "basic security capabilities" such as Network Address Translation, Port Address Translation, traffic filtering, and hacker pattern detection, said 3Com officials. It also has secure VPN (virtual private network) capability, employing either PPTP or IPSec protocols.
As in the earlier OfficeConnect product, multiple users can also access a shared broadband connection, either through a cable or DSL modem via an Ethernet cable, thereby reducing access costs. They can also use groupware, for such things as e-mail or scheduling.