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U.S. Robotics Boosts USR8200 Firewall Security Device


CHICAGO –June 22, 2004 – U.S. Robotics’ new USB 2.0 + FireWire Storage Drives make it easy to add shared storage to local networks protected by the company’s USR8200 Firewall. Announced today at SuperComm 2004 (Booth # 13547 and 13548), U.S. Robotics’ storage drives maximize the performance of the USR8200’s integrated file/FTP server capability and USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. In addition, a new free firmware upgrade for the USR8200 provides Print Server capability over the USB ports and integrates a powerful content filtering capability powered by SurfControl.

According to Daryle Brown, product marketing manager, U.S. Robotics, “Adding FireWire or USB 2.0 hard drives to the firewall provides companies and individuals the ability to add networked file server or FTP capability —at a fraction of the cost of an actual dedicated computer. With the addition of the storage drives, print server capability and SurfControl content management, the USR8200 appliance redefines the firewall as the center point for technology savvy households, SOHO and small businesses.”

Equipped with 1394 FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces, U.S. Robotics USB 2.0 + FireWire Storage Drives are easy-to-install and operate. Simply plug the new hard drives into a USR8200 firewall to deliver networked storage that all users on the LAN can access. For dedicated storage expansion, attach the drives to any computer’s USB 2.0 or FireWire ports. Moreover, these high-performance 120GB or 250GB external drives run at 7200 RPM and include integrated fans for long life and reliable performance.

The free software upgrade integrates a powerful, yet simple content management capability, powered by SurfControl. SurfControl content filtering provides an extensive array of tools to manage the biggest Internet content risks for business and home Internet users. U.S. Robotics includes a free 30-day trial of the Web filtering service after which customers would pay only $3.95 per month.

“Our goal with the USR8200 appliance is to provide multiple levels of network security and the power of network sharing together in one device. Combining it with the new U.S. Robotics storage drives, the firewall provides an ideal foundation for any small office network. Adding the print server capability delivers the power of networking to the mass market in the simplest format yet,” Brown added.

“By partnering with SurfControl, U.S. Robotics is taking the USR8200 to the highest level of Web protection for both business and home users,” says Nick Lamidey, SurfControl global development manager. “Our Web-based service delivers both the simplicity required for effective home protection from content risks inherent in the Internet. SurfControl provides businesses with the flexibility and manageability they need in designing rules based content filtering, including time of day filters.”

U.S. Robotics’ business-class products are available in Q3 2004 from select e-tailers, retailers and all major distributors.

  • USR8800-120: 120GB USB 2.0+ FireWire Storage Drive - MSRP $249
  • USR8800-250: 250GB USB 2.0 + FireWire Storage Drive - MSRP $449
  • USR8200: Firewall/VPN/NAS - MSRP $349
  • Print Server/SurfControl: FREE firmware upgrade available at (shipping with new products in Q3 2004)

About SurfControl

Headquartered in Manchester, England, SurfControl Pty Ltd is the world’s number one Web and email filtering company, SurfControl is the only company in the security market offering a total content security solution combining Web, E-mail and Instant Message filters with the industry's largest, most accurate and relevant content database. The company has more than 20,000 customers worldwide and employs nearly 450 people in nine separate locations across the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific. For more information, please visit the Web site at

About U.S. Robotics

For three decades, U.S. Robotics has been the world’s leader in Internet access, delivering the highest quality and most innovative modems available. U.S. Robotics also provides a selection of wireless and wired networking products and security devices for homes and small offices. The company is partnering with key industry players and new technology providers to bring consumers connectivity solutions through its extensive worldwide distribution channel. U.S. Robotics is privately held and headquartered in the Chicago area. For further information regarding the company and its products, please visit the Web site at

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