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Hot off the Press - Product News
San Jose, California, April 29, 2004

Asante First to Provide 802.11g, WPA, and AppleTalk in 4-Port Router

Asanté Technologies, Inc. today announced the release of advanced Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption, AppleTalk, and enhanced system log (syslog) services for its top-selling FriendlyNET® FR1104-G wireless router. These new features provide improved security and interoperability for small- and medium-sized business networks.

By upgrading the router’s firmware to version 1.1, users can secure their wireless networks with WPA, an encryption and authentication protocol that is superior to the commonly available wired equivalent privacy (WEP) protocol. In large networks with 802.1X RADIUS authentication servers, the FR1104-G router can take full advantage of WPA with RADIUS. For home and small business users, the router supports WPA with pre-shared keys (PSK); a separate authentication server is not required.

Networks with both Windows and Macintosh computers will have enhanced interoperability. The new firmware adds support for Apple’s popular AppleTalk protocol. For legacy Apple networks, users can share files with AppleShare servers and print to printers supporting AppleTalk.

“Asanté is the first to provide 802.11g, WPA, and AppleTalk support in a 4-port cable/DSL router,” commented Jim Hsia, Asanté Vice President of Product Management. “For users with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux systems who depend on multi-platform interoperability, Asanté is pleased to be the first vendor to recognize this need—and to provide a cost-effective solution.”

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The FR1104-G router already includes a full complement of business-class security features: “double firewall” (NAT with packet and domain filters), stealth SSID, denial of service (DoS) protection, and SNMP management.

The new
firmware adds enhanced system log (syslog) capabilities. Now system alerts can be emailed or remotely logged according to pre-defined facility priority levels.

Pricing and Availability
Asanté distributors, resellers, and systems integrators offer this product now:

FR1104-G. Cable/DSL 802.11g wireless firewall router with 4-port switch.
Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP): $117.00.

Firmware Version 1.1 is available for download from Asanté’s website

An updated 83-page User's Manual is also available.

Related Products
These Asanté AeroLAN wireless adapters are fully compatible with the FR1104-G router’s WPA security mode:

AL5410G. 802.11g 54Mbps wireless CardBus adapter for Windows. MSRP: $49.00.

AL5403-XG. 802.11g 54Mbps wireless CardBus adapter for Mac/Windows. MSRP: $93.33.



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