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Linksys intros small biz managed switches, RAID BYOD NASes

Linksys today announced six new "fully managed" Layer-2 switches and its first line of RAID capable network attached storage solutions with both lines aimed at small business users.

The new switches include two stackable 24 10/100 + 4 gigabit port, two stackable 24 10/100/1000 + 4 SFP port and standalone 24 10/100 + 4 gigabit and 48 10/100 + 4 gigabit models. Four out of the six products include PoE ports and all feature a web management interface as well as SNMP, RMON and Telnet management options.

The new NASes represent the company's first foray into RAID networked storage. Both of the two models support up to four drives and feature redundant power supplies. They come either without drives or configured with 1 TB of RAID 5 storage and support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1 + Spare, RAID 5, RAID 5 + Spare, RAID 10, and JBOD configurations.

TRENDnet adds HomePlug Turbo product

TRENDnet had announced the addition of the TPL-202E 85Mbps Powerline Fast Ethernet Bridge to its family of Powerline products.

The product is based on Intellon's HomePlug 1.0 plus Turbo technology and is compatible with HomePlug 1.0 compliant products.

The TPL-202E is available now at $45-$55 street pricing.

Multi-Tech Announces Secure SMB Wi-Fi VPN Router

Multi-Tech Systems today announced two wireless routers with PPTP/IPsec VPN endpoint capability. The new RouteFinder SOHO Security Appliances are aimed at branch offices that need secure access to a corporate LAN while providing the convenience of Wi-Fi.

The new appliances combine a stateful packet inspection firewall supporting up to 15 client-to-LAN or LAN-to-LAN IPSec or PPTP VPN tunnels and 3DES / AES encryption with an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi router. Other features include browser-based management, syslog support and built-in 4 port 10/100 switch.

Netgear adds two gigabit stackable smart switches

Netgear today announced the expansion of its stackable "Smart Switch" line with the launch of the ProSafe 24- and 48-Port Gigabit Stackable Smart Switches (GS724TS and GS748TS).

The ProSafe Gigabit Stackable Smart Switches have 24 or 48 10/100/1000 ports and four shared SFP Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, plus two dedicated stacking ports. The stacking ports use off-the-shelf HDMI cables and provide a 20 Gbps, dual-ring, stacking bus that enables users to stack up to six switches, or 288 10/100/1000 ports and manage them all under a single IP address.

Motorola Completes Netopia Acquisition

Motorola today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Netopia, Inc. The transaction has a total equity value of approximately $208 million on a fully-diluted basis.

Netopia is a leader in providing carrier-class broadband customer premise equipment (CPE), remote management software, and services to telecom operators worldwide. The company provides a full portfolio of products designed for DSL networks, including wired and wireless modems, routers, and gateways. The company's products deliver voice, video, data, and other advanced services to residential and business customers.

Intellon says powerline IPTV biz is good

(OCALA, FL) Powerline networking chipmaker Intellon yesterday announced that twelve service providers in Europe and Asia are using its HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo powerline chipsets for in-home standard definition IPTV distribution.

The companies are 1&1, Chung Hwa Telecom, Club Internet, France Telecom, Free, Hanaro Telecom, neuf cegetel, PCCW, Simmin, Tele2, Telecom Italia France and TPSA.

Intellon raises $18 Million in financing

Leading HomePlug chipmaker Intellon Corporation yesterday announced it has raised $18 million in new equity financing. Samsung Ventures joins existing investors BCE Capital; Comcast Interactive Capital; Duchossois Technology Partners; EnerTech Capital; Fidelity Ventures; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Intel Capital; Liberty Associated Partners, LP; Motorola Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Motorola, Inc.; TL Ventures; and UMC Capital Corporation in the financing round. The round was led by Goldman Sachs.

Intellon will use the new funds to accelerate the global rollout of its HomePlug AV compatible ICs and to "develop innovative new products to meet customer needs".

InterWorking Labs announces portable $1,500 network emulator

InterWorking Labs today announced Mini Maxwell, a portable, low-cost network emulator.

The product is a Layer 2 network emulator with the ability to apply packet impairments including drop/lose, duplicate, delay and reordering to five user-defined traffic "bands" in both transmit and receive directions. A variety of packet filters can be applied including IPv4 source/destination address, Layer 3 source/destination port, protocol, MAC address and more.

The Mini Maxwell measures 6" x 6" x 1" weighs less than two pounds and is controlled via a web interface. Two 10/100 Ethernet ports are available for traffic and one for control.

The product is available now for $1,499 direct from InternetWorking Labs' website.

Netopia Signs IOC Distribution Deal with EMBARQ Logistics

Netopia today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with EMBARQ Logistics, the deployment, distribution, and logistics division of Embarq Corporation.

EMBARQ Logistics will offer all of Netopia’s products -- including the 2200 series cost-optimized gateways, 3300 series performance-optimized gateways, the MiAVo triple-play gateways, the NBBS physical layer management platform, and the eCare application layer customer care solution. Embarq will offer these products to North American network service providers to help provide the successful deployment and management of competitively differentiated broadband networks.

The agreement expands Netopia’s access to the IOC (independent operating company) community as these carriers face new competitive threats from cable and wireless providers.

HomePNA releases 3.1 spec

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HomePNA today announced the release of HomePNA 3.1, a home networking specification that increases data rates over existing home wiring to 320 Mbps.

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