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U.S. Robotics Firewall Appliance Adds Even More Capabilities Via Free Software Download

9.13.2004

CHICAGO – September 13, 2004– U.S. Robotics’ USR8200 Firewall/VPN/NAS is providing even more protection for business and home Internet users, with the addition of content filtering, powered by SurfControl. The Web content filtering capability provides an extensive array of tools to protect homes and businesses from the online risks associated with Internet content. Existing customers can upgrade by simply accessing the Firmware Upgrade tab on the USR8200’s Web-based management console.

“SurfControl helps ‘stop unwanted content’ for business and home Internet users,” says Nick Lamidey, SurfControl’s Director of OEM Partnerships. “And with U.S. Robotics USR8200 multi-function firewall/VPN device, networks and sensitive data are protected from uninvited guests and hackers. Our complete Web filtering service combined with the USR8200 provides an affordable, flexible and ideal foundation for any small office or home network.”

This latest upgrade for the USR8200 also implements print server functionality, taking advantage of the firewall’s USB 2.0 ports. Now, in addition to using the FireWire and USB Ports and integrated File/FTP Server capability for attaching external storage drives for network attached storage, the USB Ports can be used to make any USB printer into a networked printer. Add one of the newly available U.S. Robotics’ 120GB or 250GB USB 2.0 + FireWire Storage Drives and the USR8200 becomes the core of a home or small business network.

According to Daryle Brown, product marketing manager, U.S. Robotics, “The USR8200 Firewall is the best value in security appliances on the market today, offering the most extensive range of protection, capabilities and benefits. We’ve continued to round out our product portfolio with a top-to-bottom selection of business-class wired and wireless networking, security and accessory devices designed for the home or office—without compromising budget.”

U.S. Robotics’ business-class security devices and accessories are available now from select e-tailers, retailers and all major distributors.

  • USR8200: Firewall/VPN/NAS – Est. Street $279
  • Web Filtering Service, powered by SurfControl – 30-day free trial with software upgrade, after which customers pay only $3.99 per month
  • USR8800-120: 120GB USB 2.0 + FireWire Storage Drive - Est. Street $199
  • USR8800-250: 250GB USB 2.0 + FireWire Storage Drive - Est. Street $389

By early October, all new USR8200 Firewall/VPN/NAS appliances will ship with this latest software version.


About SURFCONTROL

SurfControl plc, the world leader in enterprise Web and e-mail filtering, delivers on its promise to help companies 'Stop Unwanted Content' in the workplace by continuous innovation, invention and expansion of its filtering products to address new content risks as they emerge.

SurfControl is the industry’s only complete solution to managing Internet risk. SurfControl technology protects all points of entry, and every way employees use the Internet for business -- Instant Messaging, Web, e-mail and peer-to-peer. It also works on every platform they work on – Blue Coat, Cisco, Check Point, Microsoft Exchange and ISA 2004, and many more.

The company’s products and technology are used by more than 20,000 customers worldwide, including many of the world's largest corporations. SurfControl employs more than 500 people in offices across the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

For further information and news on SurfControl, please visit http://www.surfcontrol.com/


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 www.usr.com.

U.S. Robotics is a registered trademark of U.S. Robotics Corporation. All rights reserved. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.