NetGear Launches ProSafe Gigabit VPN Firewall
Networking solutions company
NetGear announced the release of ProSafe 8-Port VPN Firewall (FVS318G) aimed at
small to medium-size businesses (SMBs). The compact firewall, which delivers
network security, remote access and Internet access, can support up to 10
users. Providing IPsec VPN for secure remote connections and firewall functions
to protect small business networks from hackers, the FVS318G offers eight
gigabit ports, one gigabit WAN port, and up to 25 megabit per second broadband
throughput. The appliance also features a software-configurable hardware DMZ
port to provide for server and other externally facing connections.
The company said the FVS318G
is ideal for small businesses that need externally facing network resources
like a Web server but have strict internal LAN security requirements. The DMZ
port can be activated or deactivated using a user-friendly graphical user
interface (GUI) and adds an additional layer of security to an organization's
Local Area Network (LAN); an external attacker only has access to the
external-facing equipment in the DMZ, rather than the whole of the network.
Jason Leung, senior product
line manager for security at NetGear, said with this VPN firewall, the company continues
to provide solutions that are affordable to the small business but offer the
same sophisticated security functionality enjoyed by larger businesses. "We're
proud to deliver secure platforms that push the boundary of what's considered
-standard' security fare for small businesses," he said. "With the FVS318G,
we're offering features never seen before at a small business price point."
The FVS318G incorporates the Web-based
ProSafe Control Center configuration screen and install assistant to reduce
initial setup time, and is compatible with Windows, UNIX, Macintosh, and Linux
OS. Backed by a lifetime warranty, the FVS318G is immediately available via direct
marketers, e-commerce sites and value added resellers (VARs) at a U.S. street
price of $139.
NetGear is positioning the
appliance the FVS318G for organizations that need more advanced protection than
that offered by consumer-focused firewalls, but that also require tools
available at a lower price point than units designed for the medium-sized
business. It features eight gigabit LAN ports and one gigabit WAN port to allow
for fast, secure connections at a rate of up to 25 megabits. In addition, RFC
compliant IPSec VPN tunnels enable as many as five client-based remote access
VPN tunnels to connect branch offices securely.
Johnny Chin, president and chief executive officer at Onesimus Enterprises, whose company participated in the beta test program, said his company's experience with the FVS318G on the network has been very positive. "For the price, we were impressed with the level of features offered along with enhanced security measures against outside attackers," he said. "Best of all, it's fast enough to keep up with our high-speed broadband Internet connection, so we're both protected and running at top speed."