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Check Point's Firewall/VPN Now Has Wireless 'Edge'

Check Point Software Technologies this week is poised to ship the first edition of a firewall/VPN appliance that integrates high-speed wireless access.

VPN-1 Edge W will be available in four configurations based on the number of users supported. The line integrates Check Point's flagship VPN-1/FireWall-1 technology with a core wireless feature set that includes support for 802.11b/g and Super G, which theoretically doubles available wireless bandwidth up to 108 Mbps. The product offers full port-based and tag-based VLAN support.

Moreover, VPN-1 Edge W includes extended-range wireless cards that can offer triple the coverage area of other wireless access points, said Bill Jensen, product marketing manager at Check Point. "The value-add in this product is the wireless," he said.

Pricing for VPN-1 Edge W starts at $799 for an edition that supports eight users and one remote-access user.

When it comes to security, the appliance can separate wired from wireless users and can distinguish and manage guest users on the wireless network, automatically giving them different rights than permanent users, Jensen said.

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