SMC Unveils New Broadband SOHO Router


SMC Networks Tuesday introduced a new wireless DSL router for residential and SOHO use, available through SMC's DSL service providers at an MSRP of $199.

SMC said the SMC7404WBRA Barricade Wireless DSL Router is a multifunctional router that combines a DSL modem with an IEEE 802.11b-compliant Wireless Access Point, a four-port 10/100-Mbps dual-speed switch with automatic MDI-MDIX ports, and a parallel print server.

The new router also features built-in security features such as Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall security with hacker attack logging, denial-of-service (DoS) and client filtering; Web-based management; content filtering and VPN tunneling via L2TP, PPTP and IPSec passthrough, SMC said. It also supports G.DMT mode, as well as G.Lite, to provide compatibility with DSLAMs, and uses ATM over ADSL technology.

Kelaine Hamilton, product line manager for SMC's broadband access products, said the emphasis in this new router is on ease of use and security in its design "so that at-home users and busy small-business owners don't have to spend a lot of time setting up or maintaining their networks."