WatchGuard introduces Firebox SOHO 6

WatchGuard Technologies is introducing a new piece of VPN/firewall hardware that upgrades its previous SOHO offering.

Called Firebox SOHO 6, the gear boosts the VPN performance of its previous Firebox SOHO from 1.3M bit/sec to 20M bit/sec. The firewall speed for the boxes jumps from 9M bit/sec to 75M bit/sec. The Firebox SOHO 6 costs US$399 vs. $359 for the old model.

The new gear comes in two other models, the Firebox SOHO 6tc and Firebox SOHO6tc-50. The SOHO 6tc comes with support for five VPN tunnels to other gateways as well as support for tunnels to five remote PCs that are equipped with VPN software clients. It costs $499.

The SOHO 6tc-50 has support for 50 tunnels and costs $749.

The new equipment comes on a new hardware platform. The previous Firebox SOHO had five 10/100 Ethernet ports. The SOHO 6 has six.

In addition to the extra Ethernet port, the new Firebox SOHO 6 hardware has more processing - 150 MHz vs 66 MHz - and memory - 16M vs. 4M bit of RAM - that help support the faster speeds.

All the new models are available by the end of the month.

These devices can be managed remotely via a Web-based interface and supports Watchguard's VPN manager software, which configures, manages and monitors VPN tunnels.

These upgrades follow on WatchGuard's launch of a new line of VPN gear call Vclass that includes an ASIC called Rapid Core that it bought when it acquired RapidStream. Watchguard said when it announced the Vclass gear in May that it would use the processors to beef up its lower-end gear.

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