According to Jim Hsia, vice president of marketing for Asante, the new router is designed for flexibility and growth. An integrated 2-port Fast Ethernet switch provides the fastest local connections, he said. When directly connecting two computers in the home, the switch moves network traffic at up to 100 Mbps (200 Mbps in full duplex mode). As network needs grow, users may add 10/100 switches to connect up to 253 people over standard Fast Ethernet cabling, Hsia said.
When users want wireless support, they can plug an Asante AeroLAN PCMCIA adapter into the router to begin talking with other 802.11b compatible devices — including Apple’s AirPort, he added. A built-in print server contains support for most Mac OS, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
Hsia said the FR3002AL was designed to have multiple levels of security. It contains a natural firewall with network address translation (NAT) to protect users’ privacy — the security-hardened FriendlyNET router is the only IP network address exposed to outside elements, he said.
Spread-spectrum signaling, domain access control, wired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption, and group security, the 128-bit high-security configuration is designed to safeguard all wireless data transmissions, Hsia added. To protect against unauthorized removal or theft, the Asante FriendlyStack case design features special hooks (to attach security cables) and four mounting holes (including two concealed holes), that makes it easy to secure the router in schools, hotels, and other public areas.
Asante showcased its router and Gigabit Ethernet technologies earlier this month at the Networld+Interop tradeshow in Las Vegas. The FriendlyNET FR3002AL was one of the products highlighted at the show.