Home-network gateway makers are growing more enamored with the small- to medium-sized business market, and products aimed at that market are only starting to emerge.
A player in the residential gateway market, San Jose, Calif.-based 2Wire Inc., released the OfficePortal broadband router line to address the networking needs of small and SOHO businesses.
The new gateway products build on 2Wire's residential gateway, the HomePortal, and layer on security and connectivity features essential to the small-business environment.
OfficePortal — in addition to providing connectivity via USB, Ethernet, HomePNA, and 802.11x wireless protocols as the HomePortal does — adds an ICSA-certified professional firewall, 4-port 10/100 switched Ethernet, and software to support multiple static IP addresses and traffic shaping to the mix.
OfficePortal models come in various combinations of functionality and connectivity; some combine a DSL modem with basic routing capabilities, while others offer different combinations of wireless and wireline connectivity.
"For a small, little box, we've loaded it up as much as we can," says John Marshall, 2Wire's senior director of product marketing.
The company priced OfficePortal models toward small businesses with fewer than 20 employees, it says.