Connectivity Briefs: D-Link, Nokia, Home networking

Connectivity Briefs: D-Link, Nokia, Home networking

D-Link unveils SOHO cable/DSL router

D-Link last week announced a small office/home office cable/DSL router for $US50 - about $20 less than competitors' products. The Express EtherNetworkTM Cable/DSL Router features a four-port 10/100 auto-negotiating switch and includes a network address translation firewall, VPN pass through, stateful packet inspection filtering, content filtering and basic network management.

Nokia clusters VPNs

Nokia has announced software for its VPN appliances that will let users strap together the devices to improve performance and protect against critical VPN sites crashing. The clustering technology included in Version 3.6 of Nokia's IPSO operating system will let businesses group as many as four of its IP series of VPN appliances so that if one fails, the others will pick up its work without dropping active sessions, the company claims. In addition to keeping sites alive, the clusters will share the workload, which will increase the VPN processing power at a clustered site. IPSO 3.6 is available as a free download to customers who have a software subscription, and it will ship standard with new boxes. IPSO 3.6 is in beta testing now and is scheduled to ship next month.

Home networking evolves

According to a new study by US-based analyst In-Stat/MDR and company, home networking has evolved beyond the early adopter phase and is on the verge of widespread adoption. The report says equipment such as basic home routers, wireless LAN cards and access points are the most prevalent devices connecting homes. This will evolve to include networked entertainment devices such as wireless Web pads, networked home systems and home servers. Forty-five per cent of survey respondents that did not currently have home networks indicated that they plan to buy some home network equipment within three months. Driving home network adoption is broadband access, printer and file sharing.

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