LAN via power points
Netgear will this month release a product in the US that will allow any power socket in a home or business to become an access node to the Internet or a private LAN. The SME networking manufacturer is set to release its Powerline product, which uses multiplexing technology to piggyback data traffic over standard electricity cabling. A plug-and-play appliance bridges an ADSL or Ethernet connection to the home or office's electricity circuit. At the power point another appliance is used to transfer the data from the electricity circuit back to a regular ADSL or Ethernet port. Powerline will retail in the US for around $US300 per pair. According to Netgear officials, the product will be available in Australia mid-year.
Check Point for SOHO
Check Point Software Technologies has released three new firewall and VPN products for the small office/home office and branch office markets. Safe@Home Pro is designed for telecommuters and home offices that are part of a corporate network, integrating firewall security and VPN access. Safe@Home is priced at $US399, which includes the SofaWare S-box appliance. Safe@Office offers firewall and site-to-site VPN access for small business and branch offices of 10-25 users. Safe@Office starts at $599. Check Point's SmallOffice NG is designed for companies with up to 50 employees. Pricing starts at $899 for complete systems and $399 for software only.
CacheFlow appoints LAN
LAN Systems has added the entire CacheFlow product range to its books after announcing a distribution agreement with the networking manufacturer last week. CacheFlow develops appliances and software that enable companies and service providers to accelerate, deliver and manage content across a network. CacheFlow officials said the appointment of LAN Systems brings opportunities in the decongestion of servers and content acceleration in the corporate market.