3Com has introduced enhancements to its Netbuilder II routers to improve its performance in virtual private networks (VPNs).
The hardware and software features, available now, aim to improve capabilities, performance and management in VPN applications.
The company claims the changes will provide greater control over security, user access and bandwidth allocation on Lans and Wans. The routers can be upgraded to support IP Security (IPSec), the emerging standard for setting up encrypted communications over a public network.
The company also introduced Secure VPN Manager Software, for collecting statistical, diagnostic and security information on secure tunnels that terminate at Netbuilder routers.
To keep up with the processing demands of encryption and compression for efficient VPNs, 3Com introduced Dual Processing Engine (DPE) Plus modules to carry out processing intensive functions. The DPE Plus modules are priced at $12,995.
3Com also announced additional interface modules for the Netbuilder series. A four-port Wan module provides up to four T1/E1 ports and there is also an eight-port ISDN Basic Rate Interface (BRI) module. The four-port Wan is priced at $4,295 and the BRI interface starts at $1,895.
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