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SOHOware previewed its new BroadGuard secure cable/DSL router in January. BroadGuard, which includes a 10/100 Mbps autosensing switch to boost performance, features one of the industry's most comprehensive Internet security solutions for residential, telecommuting and small office/home office broadband connectivity applications, according to the company.

Up until now, broadband routers have typically offered Network Address Translation (NAT), which isn't sufficient to stop intruders, especially those intent on destruction, according to the company. SOHOware's BroadGuard is one of the first products to bring professional-level security and broadband sharing to consumers without requiring IT support.

In addition to NAT, a front-end firewall to hide the network, and Demilitarized Zone, which safely isolates a server PC within a network, BroadGuard's advanced Internet firewall includes Stateful Packet Inspection, Denial of Service protection, and HackerAlert messaging.

Other key benefits include access controls–outgoing packet inspection, application security level policy and text screening/URL blocking. BroadGuard also supports Virtual Private Networking by creating a secure tunnel from a home or branch office computer to an enterprise server.

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