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SMC, Panda eye additional market share in wireless router space

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The recently-released SMC BarricadeTM N Pro Draft 11n Wireless 4-port ADSL2/2+ modem router (SMC7904WBRA-N) and N Draft wireless 4-port broadband router (SMCWBR14S-N) are now available with free Panda Internet Security 2008 through SMC Networks South Africa.

The latest solutions are designed for home and small office use and include three months free Panda Internet Security software.
“We are pleased to have the support of Panda Security and the incorporation of its security solution on board this initiative. The company is an international provider of IT security solutions and shares SMC Networks’ global vision of supplying reliable, high quality and cost effective next generation technology to existing and emerging markets,” says Paul Luff, country manager of SMC Networks South Africa.
“Security within the wireless arena remains an area of focus for manufactures and distributors within the broader ICT market. The profile of wireless as credible infrastructure for the small-to-medium or home user environment has also increased substantially,” he adds.
The routers are all-in-one IEEE802.11n draft v2.0 networking solutions for sharing high speed Internet connections.
The ADSL2 BarricadeTM N Pro provides the high speed, coverage and bandwidth benefits of IEEE802.11n in a platform independent, multi-functional router. It combines a built-in ADSL2/2+ modem, firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and a user friendly web-based management interface, in one convenient device.
Alongside the ADSL2 BarricadeTM N Pro, SMC Networks has added the SMCWBR14S-N Draft 11n wireless 4-port broadband router to its Barricade range. It combines a 4-port 10/100 LAN switch to directly connect four computers or expand a network, a NAT firewall with SPI, Wi-Fi multimedia (WMM) and a web-based management interface.
With security being a key consideration for SOHO environments establishing wireless networks, both Barricades N support the latest WPA and WPA2 wireless encryption standards, which prevent unauthorized access to wireless networks and ensure data is secure.
Wireless security can also be set up easily using Wi-Fi Protected SetupTM (WPS) that enables push button or PIN configuration.
With a built in IEEE802.11n draft v2.0 wireless access point, they both enable data transfer rates of up to 300Mbps, allowing bandwidth demanding applications to be used simultaneously – such as high-definition video and audio streaming, online gaming, VoIP calls and web surfing.
With three months Panda Internet Security suite included, both routers benefit from a leading security package featuring online backup and recovery, antivirus, anti-spyware, firewall, and anti-spam.
Panda Internet Security 2008 has enhanced threat detection capacity with low-level scanning anti-rootkit technology. It also includes a system for blocking malicious URLs to prevent access to websites used for phishing or identity theft or which could download threats into computers.
Compatible with Windows Vista, the award-winning Panda Internet Security 2008 is one of the most highly featured security products available.
“Many consumers are sceptical about wireless networking solutions that only touch on the issue of security. This is an area that requires key focus and we have the experience, product knowledge and insight into the dynamics that characterize this particular segment of the greater ICT market. We immediately identified the value in alignment with SMC Networks and realized that the synergy between the two companies will immediately benefit consumers,” says Jeremy Matthews, CE of Panda Security (South Africa).
“The ADSL2 Barricade N Pro is ideal for customers looking for a complete solution with added security benefits,” says James Harris, product manager at SMC Networks. “We are also proud to be the first networking company in the market to offer an 11n broadband router and a free security add-on.”