Allied Telesis Launches New Wireless Router

Allied Telesis has announced the launch of the AT-WA1104G, its new wireless router/bridge device for Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and small business networks. The new product can be used in several different modes, including as a broadband wireless router and a wireless point-to-point bridge. It can also be deployed as a wireless access point and for wireless distribution system (WDS) support.

The AT-WA1104G is so versatile that small companies can use this single cost-effective device to meet all of their wireless communications needs while driving costs down. With little training needed, the AT-WA1104G includes a web-based setup wizard that is easy to use for non-IT specialists, contributing to fast deployment as well as reduced operating costs. The AT-WA1104G also provides peace of mind for small businesses with its state-of-the-art security features.

Configured as a gateway, the AT-WA1104G acts as a broadband router and provides broadband connectivity to both wired and wireless devices. The Fast Ethernet WAN port enables users to select from a range of WAN connections and operates in a range of modes (PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP & Direct connection) for additional flexibility. For small businesses, two AT-WA1104G devices can be configured in bridge mode to link together two remote LANs. The AT-WA1104G is supplied with an antenna, but if the network does not extend to all points in the office, an optional high gain antenna can be used instead to obtain long-rang connectivity and eliminate network dead spots. Customers can then connect any number of AT-WA1104G devices to the company network and configure them for use as wireless access points. In addition, the AT-WA1104G can be used to leverage the cost-effectiveness and flexibility of a wireless distribution system (WDS) by using one or more devices to extend the coverage of an existing wireless network.

The AT-WA1104G includes all-round security functions that are easy for users to configure while reliably locking out external attacks. The built-in firewall protects the network from incoming intrusions, while outgoing access to undesirable web sites can be further limited by means of URL filters. In addition, the wireless part of the network is comprehensively secured with WEP (Wireless Equivalent Privacy), WPA (WiFi Protected Access), and TKIP encryption (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol), which also optimally protect data transferred over the air; while state-of-the-art user authentication is supplied by RADIUS support. Wireless access to the network can be further limited by means of Access Control Lists. Managers can also assign LAN users to different groups and define a set of internet services authorised for use by each group.

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