Cisco Systems Inc. businesses support mobile employees and link computer workgroups using a variety of connections.
On the business side, the Irvine, Calif.-based company has announced availability of a new 10/100 four-port virtual private networking router. Like other routers, the $199 RV042 allows a maximum of four computers to share an Internet connection and common network resources, but it also provides 30 VPN endpoints allowing employees at home or in the field to connect to the home office. It also comes with SPI firewall, and a dual Internet port allows the business owner to link a second cable modem or digital subscriber line modem, either as a backup or a second connection to balance data traffic loads.
Linksys also unveiled a new combination wireless Ethernet bridge and five-port switch developed specifically to solve connection problems stemming from multiple workgroup networks and mixed connections within a business. Also priced at $199, the WET54GS5 provides a wireless bridge between remote networks within an office, as well as connecting computers that can't be wired with standard Ethernet cabling. The port switch can link a maximum of five wired devices using 802.11b or 802.11g in a mini-cluster that can then be linked to a main network located in another part of the office.
Not only will that solve the problem of linking more isolated work groups, but it will also allow companies to set up computers in warehouses and other areas where wired Ethernet connections aren't available.