Wireless gear securely connects teleworkers to the office
Cisco releases secure wireless LAN access point
Cisco has released a new secure wireless local-area network access point (AP) for the home office that can make connecting teleworkers to their office networks safer and easier, reports Matt Hamblen of ComputerWorld.
The $419 AP system, called the Aironet 600 Series Office Extend, runs over two bands instead of one, allowing for work data to travel uninterrupted over a 5 GHz channel and for the family/home data to run over a separate 2.4 GHz band, the article states.
Other Cisco products introduced for the teleworker include a high-end Wireless Service Module device which supports up to 500 corporate and telecommuting APs, and a 2500 Series LAN controller and Wireless Controller module that can support as many as 50 APs that serve up to 500 devices.
As teleworking becomes the norm, several new products have entered the market. In 2009, Hewlett-Packard expanded a line of products for teleworkers, including scanners, software and a managed print services contract that lets those working outside the office receive technical support, a multifunction printer and up to three months worth of supplies, according to a Government Computer News report.
Also introduced for the teleworker is TuneUp Utilities 2011, which can substitute for office-based IT support, keeping home PCs up to speed, writes John Breeden II, who gave the product top marks in a GCN Lab Review. It "is an absolutely essential tool for teleworkers who need to rely on their own skills to keep their machines clean," Breeden said.
Alysha Sideman is the online content producer for Washington Technology.