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SMC rolls out three new ADSL2+ modem routers

Posted: 18 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SMC? ADSL2+ Barricade? modem routers? SMC7901BRA2? SMC7904BRA2?

SMC Networks has launched three new ADSL2+ Barricade modem routers that promise leading-edge performance and QoS features. SMC7901BRA2 has one Ethernet and one USB port, SMC7904BRA2 has four Ethernet ports and the SMC7904WBRA2 has four Ethernet ports and 802.11g wireless capability.

Based on a new chipset, the new routers combine ADSL2/2+ modem, router, a one-Ethernet/one USB port or a four-port 10/100 LAN switch, and a stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall with ample support for key service provisioning and end-user requirements. SMC7904WBRA2 adds 802.11g wireless access to its features for cable-free connectivity.

"These new Barricade routers are enhanced to excel with higher-bandwidth applications like VoIP, with support for the new ADSL2+ services and QoS," said James Harris, worldwide product manager for broadband products at SMC. "The new chipset used in these SMC Barricade modem routers allowed us to deliver a product that provides more features at a lower price point than the competition."

For service providers, ANNEX M support is included to allow the voice part of the connection to be transmitted via upstream data at up to 3.5Mbytes. Meanwhile, ANNEX L support increases geographical reach of ADSL connectivity past the current 5km barrier. To help reduce implementation and ongoing management costs for ISPs, SMC also developed an optional software module to allow service providers to benefit from TR-069 WAN management protocol.

For end-users, additional service features such as Wi-Fi multimedia in the wireless version of the product and support for differentiated services for IP allow the unit to automatically optimize and prioritize real-time applications like voice and video.

"The new features we have built into the unit cater to the current needs of the market while supporting the next generation of ADSL technologies to provide investment protection to our customers," Harris added.

In response to the growing concern around endpoint security, the new modem routers incorporate a NAT firewall with SPI, intrusion detection system and denial-of-service modules for robust security against hackers. VPN pass-through is also provided to connect securely to an office or corporate network.

All three Barricade modem routers are already available. Pricing is set at $59.99 for SMC7901BRA2, $69.99 for SMC7904BRA2 and $99.99 for SMC7904WBRA2.

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