Networking manufacturer Linksys turned to the channel and some of its customers for feedback when it designed its latest cable/DSL router. The result is the new EtherFast Cable/DSL VPN Router (BEFVP41), with built-in virtual private network functionality boasting up to 70 IPSec (IP security protocol) VPN tunnels straight out of the box. It also features more than five user licences free of charge and free 24x7 technical support. It can be remotely managed via the Web and supports high-level security encryption and authentication protocols such as DES and 3DES (Data Encryption Standard) encryption and MD5 and SHA-1 authentication support. The embedded four-port 10/100 switch allows multiple users to connect to the Internet simultaneously while also achieving faster speeds when performing internal networking tasks such as file sharing and printer sharing. Linksys says the BEFVP41 broadband VPN router meets the needs of SME and SOHO users looking for secure remote office and telecommuting. Distributed by Servex, Multimedia Technologies and Ingram Micro, the product has a retail price of around $405.
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