Allied Telesyn this week announced aggressively priced routers to give home office or small corporate branch office users Internet and VPN access.
The AR240 and AR250 asynchronous DSL routers - priced US$100 less than competing 3Com products and about the same as rival Cisco gear - combine the functions of ADSL modems and routers, thereby eliminating the need to deploy separate boxes.
The AR250 is a single-port ADSL router aimed at small offices and includes a four-port 10/100M bps Ethernet switch and one Universal Serial Bus (USB) port. The AR240, aimed at home users, comes with an ADSL connection, a USB port and one 10M bps Ethernet port.
Both routers support Layer 2 VPNs using Microsoft's Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol for securing WAN connections across the Internet. The routers provide firewall capabilities through network address translation.
Analysts say the popularity of small routers will grow as more small businesses get on the Internet. According to market research firm IDC, the worldwide market for small office and home office routers will grow steadily from 1.21 billion this year to 1.55 billion in 2003.
The AR250 and AR240 are available now and cost $500 and $420, respectively.