VPN Router enables LAN access and Wi-Fi communication.

Press Release Summary:

RouteFinder(TM) SOHO Security Appliance features 1 or 2 WAN Ethernet ports for DSL or cable broadband Internet access, and secure client-to-LAN and LAN-to-LAN connectivity. It combines packet inspection firewall with up to 15 IPSec VPN tunnels, and 3DES and AES encryption with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi capabilities. Providing shared Internet access via PPPoE, DHCP, or static IP, they include dual WAN load balancing, serial port, and built-in 4-port 10/100 Mbps switch.

Original Press Release:

Multi-Tech Announces Secure SMB Wi-Fi VPN Router

MINNEAPOLIS, February 20 // --

- Includes Features Needed for Remote Office Security

When a company wants to add a router with Wi-Fi(R) capability to a remote office, the same security concerns exist at the remote office as with the main office. Because of these concerns, the best choice may not be a basic wireless router that just adds Wi-Fi, but a more advanced security appliance.

It only makes sense to equip remote office network gear with the same advanced security as headquarters. That means, in addition to Wi-Fi capability, a remote router needs VPN tunnels for corporate network access over the Internet, 3DES and AES encryption for securing data, a Stateful Packet Inspection firewall for attack protection, and a way to separate Wi-Fi traffic from wire LAN traffic to prevent sensitive data from being accessed by nearby Wi-Fi clients.

Multi-Tech(R) Systems, Inc., a leading data communications technology company, based in suburban Minneapolis, is announcing a new product that combines the advantages of having Wi-Fi access at remote offices with the security of a full-featured network security appliance. The new
RouteFinder(TM) SOHO Security Appliance is ideal for the small branch office that needs secure access to the corporate LAN while providing the convenience of Wi-Fi communications. In addition to providing secure and selectable isolated Wi-Fi communications, it features one or two WAN Ethernet ports for DSL or cable broadband Internet access, secure client-to-LAN and LAN-to-LAN connectivity, and Internet firewall services. Both the single and dual Ethernet port RouteFinder SOHO Security Appliances (Models RF820-AP and
RF830-AP) are expected to start shipping next quarter.

"Some companies utilize two routers at small offices to accomplish Wi-Fi connectivity and VPN access," states Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. "While this solution typically is more expensive, it does provide basic Wi-Fi and VPN connectivity. The problem is that this solution does not answer the separation of data issue. Being able to separate sensitive corporate data from general Wi-Fi usage can be important in any office. Without this capability, visitors cannot safely use Wi-Fi connectivity without having to manage their access. Multi-Tech's new RouteFinder SOHO Security Appliances allow for this separation of sensitive data from Wi-Fi traffic while combining the functions of a VPN and Wi-Fi router into a very robust and cost effective product for branch offices."

The Multi-Tech Systems RouteFinder SOHO Security Appliance combines a stateful packet inspection firewall with up to 15 IPSec VPN tunnels and strong 3DES and AES encryption with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi capabilities into a complete remote office security system. The new Wi-Fi VPN routers are available in one (Model RF820-AP) or two (Model RF830-AP) WAN Ethernet port models. They support IPSec VPN tunnels and PPTP tunnels, include dual WAN load balancing (RF830-AP) Internet and VPN Failover (RF830-AP), provide shared Internet access via PPPoE, DHCP or static IP, include a serial port for dial-backup (RF820-AP) and include a built-in 4-port 10/100M bps switch.
They feature network monitoring via Syslog, configuration management using any web browser and include advanced packet filtering rules for controlling network access.

Multi-Tech Systems is an ISO 9001:2000 certified global manufacturer of award-winning telephony, Internet and device networking products that connect voice and data over IP networks, add connectivity to equipment using embedded technologies, and provide the latest in cellular wireless technologies. With a 36-year history of inventing products known for their reliability and performance, Multi-Tech Systems still employs the same mission on which the company was founded: To provide solutions that solve real business problems.

To reinforce this philosophy, Multi-Tech Systems prides itself on developing and fostering mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with its worldwide network of technology partners, sales channels and customers.

Privately held, Multi-Tech Systems has 75 U.S. patents and numerous international patents. The company's intellectual property portfolio includes patents covering transmission of multiplexed voice, data and video packets used in technologies such as Internet telephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVD modems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech in the U.S. at +1-800-328-9717 or +763-785-3500, via fax at +763-785-9874, EMEA at T: +44-118-959-7774 (UK) or T: +33-1-64-61-09-81
(France), and via fax at F: +44-118-959-7775 (UK) or F: +33-1-64-61-09-71
(France) or browse the company's World Wide Web home page at www.multitech.com.

Multi-Tech and Multi-Tech product names referred to in this news release are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.
Other company names and their products mentioned in this news release may be the trademarks of their respective companies.

Web site: www.multitech.com

Source: Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.

Paul Kraska, +1-763-785-3500, or pkraska@multitech.com, or EMEA: Dilip Mistry, +44-118-959-7774, or dmistry@multitech.co.uk , both of Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.

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