If your small office or home office is being serviced with a cable model or DSL connection to the Internet and you’d like to expand the connection securely to the entire office, there’s a new offering from
Netgear Inc. that might fit the bill — the RO318 Cable/DSL Security Router. The router combines security features and an eight-port 10/100baseT Ethernet switch (plus one 10Mbps WAN port to the cable modem or DSL connection).
The new router contains three features that don’t exist in conventional network address translation (NAT) routers currently on the market, according to Netgear. The first is SPI, or Stateful Packet Inspection. The second is static content filtering, and the third is logging, reporting and e-mailing alerts.
SPI helps to prevent Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and malicious data packets, according to Netgear. NAT and Virtual Private Networking (VPN) are supported, too. The router supports PPPTP and IPSec protocols, as well as RIP-1, DHCP, PPPoE and TCP/IP.
Administrators can use the RO318’s filtering options to adopt restricted access policies that limit Internet access based on time of day, day of Week, specific Web addresses, or Web address key words. Policy violations and hacker attacks are reported to the administrator through regular activity reports and instant e-mail alerts as well. The RO318 also sports master user access, enabling admins to have full access to the network while other users remain restricted.
The eight-port router supports up to 253 users, and is compatible with Mac OS, Windows, Linux and Unix. The router is available now through Netgear’s distributors and retailer. It carries a suggested retail price of US$240.