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Combo firewall/router supports Linux

Dec 12, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

HotBrick Network Solutions introduced a combination firewall and router that supports Linux. The VPN 800/2G is said to offer high bandwidth sharing, network security, load balancing, and redundancy, with VPN failover capability and two WAN ports.

Designed for small and medium size businesses, the VPN 800/2G is equipped with 16MB of RAM, 2MB of ROM, and 8MB Flash, says HotBrick. The system is said to incorporate an 8-port 10 /100BaseT switching hub and a 2 port Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) switch.

HotBrick's VPN 800/2G firewall/router

The firewall can run up to 100 simultaneous IPSec VPN tunnels using DES, 3DES, and AES encryption codes, says HotBrick, enabling secure remote access to servers, e-mail, applications and other services. Remote users can establish connections using HotBrick's VPN software client or via other HotBrick firewall routers that support VPN servers, says the company.

The VPN 800/2G offers up to nine load balancing methods and automatic ISP failover/redundancy, says HotBrick, enabling users to trade a single high-cost Internet connection for two lower-cost connections that can be load-balanced. If one of the two WAN connections drops, the failover feature is said to enable a VPN connection to re-establish itself automatically.

The firewall offers stateful packet inspection, one-to-one NAT, and DMZ, says HotBrick, as well as multiple filter capabilities. Control and blocking features are said to include options that allow or block specific services and ports for outgoing traffic. The company claims that the VPN 800/2G offers sufficient QoS (Quality of Service) to set bandwidth services and ports to prioritize traffic and bandwidth for VoIP or critical telemetry traffic. The device supports static or dynamic IPs, PPPoE, or PPTP access methods.


The VPN 800/2G is available now for $899, and supports Linux, Macintosh, and Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista platforms. It is said to be available with no LAN nodes licensing limitations. More information is available here.

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