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N+I: Security firms show off their wares

Security and networking companies attending the Networld+Interop conference in Las Vegas unveiled their firewall/VPN (virtual private network) appliances yesterday.

SonicWall announced its Tele3 TZ appliance, which allows workers who have home networks connecting multiple PCs in their houses to attach their work PC to a separate port on the device, thereby keeping their work PC on a different network than their home network.

The Tele3 TZ achieves this physical and logical separation by adding a second networking port to the device for the remote worker to plug their computer into.

The device can also be configured so that the second port, or work port, will be the only way that has access to the corporate VPN, thereby blocking any unintentional or malicious access to a corporate network from the home.

A VPN is a method of securely connecting to a corporate network using the public Internet.

The device includes support for user level authentication and sports a firewall and can integrate antivirus and content scanning software, and will be available in Europe and North America this month. The Tele3 TZ will sell for $545 (£373).

Adtran has added two new devices to its NetVanta line of Firewall/VPN combination boxes. Both devices offer VPNs, firewalls and NAT (Network Address Translation) routing that are compliant with IPSec (IP Security).

The higher-end NetVanta 2400 offers 45Mbps (bits per second) of 3DES encrypted throughput, support for up to 1,000 simultaneous VPN connections, unlimited users and three 10/100 Ethernet ports. The box, which is aimed at larger enterprises, will be priced at $5,895 (£4,000).

The NetVanta 2050, aimed at home users and small offices, offers 2Mbps 3DES throughput, two 10/100 Ethernet ports and five simultaneous VPN connections. The box sells for $495 (£339).

Zyxel Communications offered an entry into the broadband security device market with the Prestige 652 ADSL router.

The box, which is designed to be plugged into a high-speed DSL connection, offers an IPSec VPN, a firewall and four 10/100 Ethernet ports. The router also sports an external modem connection so that users can attach a modem as a backup device in case their DSL goes down.

The box will ship within the next month at a price of $499 (£342).

German company Astaro took the wraps off version 3 of its Security Linux device, which offers a VPN, firewall, antivirus proxy and more to users. It sports an IPSec-compliant VPN running at 33Mbps, or 650Mbps without IPSec. The device sports antivirus support via a Web and e-mail proxy, and offers optional load balancing and high availability features.

Astaro Security Linux version 3 will be available this month for $390 (£267).

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