Secure gateway for remote connectivity protection

Lightning, a Swiss-based company, has released Speedsurf, an Ethernet-bridging gateway for remote offices, writes Eric Doyle.

Lightning, a Swiss-based company, has released Speedsurf, an Ethernet-bridging gateway for remote offices, writes Eric Doyle.

As part of its Multicom product range, Speedsurf provides a low cost, secure connection to the Internet for xDSL, cable or wireless modem. The unit is based on Linux and provides a firewall employing stateful connection inspection with filtering capabilities to protect against denial-of-service attacks, spoofing and port scanning.

The firewall comes with a standard security configuration but can be reconfigured to suit a company or ISP's preferred specifications using a software Wizard on a PC.

The MultiCom SpeedSurf connects a 10/100Mbits/s Ethernet Lan to a 10Mbits/s Ethernet Wan for xDSL, cable and wireless connection using PPPoE, DHCP or static addressing. For small office applications, an unlimited number of users can be connected to the firewalling gateway simultaneously to gain access to the Internet.

Beat Brunner, founder and CTO of Lightning, said, "The palm-sized Multicom Speedsurf gateway sets new standards with its integrated security features and ease of installation and management. We are already working with the likes of France Telecom and UBS, and are looking forward to expanding our client base further in the UK."

Speedsurf is slightly bigger than a handheld computer and costs £250.

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