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U.S. Robotics Debuts Gigabit Switches For SMBs

U.S. Robotics is capitalizing on its home-field advantage at this year's Supercomm show to showcase a plethora of new products aimed at small and midsize businesses.

The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company--located just a stone's throw from Chicago, the site of Supercomm--introduced eight-port and 24-port Gigabit-speed Ethernet switches, as well as a 32-bit PCI network interface card (NIC), for the SMB space, said Tom Pryzgoda, director of global marketing at U.S. Robotics.

Geared toward applications such as graphics, multimedia and audio, the switches offer 10/100/1000 switching ports that automatically sense half- or full-duplex connections for high-speed server or switch-to-switch connections, according to U.S. Robotics. Slated to be available in the third quarter, the switches will be priced at $129 for the eight-port model and $399 for the 24-port unit, while the NIC will cost $24.95.

U.S. Robotics also unveiled an upgrade to its VPN firewall, the USR8200, with USB 2.0 and FireWire storage drives, as well as print server capability and content management control. The new functionality allows the device to act as more than a just a firewall, Pryzgoda said.

"We partnered with SurfControl to add content management capabilities, so now the firewall can act as a hub for small businesses," he said. "So now, along with the content management, you've also got a router, a print server and support for NAS, all for less than $500."

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