USR anchors home and SOHO networks

US Robotics has launched what it claims is “the only device needed to anchor a home or small business network”, in the form of its new USR8001 broadband router.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 6, 2005

US Robotics has launched what it claims is “the only device needed to anchor a home or small business network”, in the form of its new USR8001 broadband router. Featuring software based on the firm's USR8000A product, this device allows home and small office users to share both a broadband internet connection and a USB 1.1 or 2.0 port printer. The USR8001 lets users network four PCs right out of the box and its integrated USB print server makes sharing a printer among multiple PCs a doddle. “Once a home or small office has broadband installed, there is no need to wait to get online. With our new broadband router, everyone can share high-speed internet access, data files, network printers and even music or multi-player games,” said Tony Field, EMEA product manager, U.S. Robotics. “To ensure data is kept safe, an integrated firewall, utilising the latest technology, is designed to protect the networked PCs from hackers while maintaining maximum performance.” The USR8001 is multi-platform compatible, as its plug-and-play functionality means it can work with Windows, Mac and Linux based set-ups. Its advanced Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall feature meanwhiel helps protect the network and Mac address filtering allows users to decide which PCs can connect to the network. The router’s resident RS-232 serial port also means it can be used to create a dial-up or ISDN back-up system. US Robotics claims a key differentiator of the 8001 is its simple network management protocol (SNMP). This allows mobile workers to remotely manage the product. The router also has what USR reckons is the industry’s first auto-detection and auto-switching functionality that automatically details 10/100 mbps connections, therefore eliminating the need for crossover cables.

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