Madge Introduces First Sub-$1000 Multivendor Secure WLAN Solution for Branch Offices and SMBs

Madge, a leading supplier of enterprise Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) management and security technology, today introduced the WLAN Enterprise Access Server 100 a WLAN security and management appliance targeted at both small business and enterprise branch office networks.

According to a November 2004 study by Infonetics Research, the small business segment offers the highest market growth opportunity for wireless networks.

The WLAN Enterprise Access Server 100 is the first complete sub $1000 WLAN Solution that addresses the demands of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and that is secure, manageable, and easy-to-deploy right out-of-the-box.

As a full family member of the growing Madge EAS family of products the EAS 100 offers identical functionality to the larger EAS appliance or software solutions and thus makes implementations across enterprises easy and consistent.

We are seeing growing requirements for secure WLANs in new areas such as branch offices and the SMB market, said Martin Malina, CEO of Madge. They require enterprise class security and management features in a small form factor and at a new price point. The EAS 100 delivers all of these elements in one easy to install device.

The Enterprise Access Server 100 provides, in a compact form factor, the ability to offer enterprise class security and management features for multiple vendors access points, including Madge, Cisco, Proxim, D-Link and 3COM. It thereby represents a true multi-vendor solution for secure WLANs.

It also includes all the functionality of the other members of the Enterprise Access Server (EAS) family. Scalability is therefore guaranteed from a single access point solution to multi-site implementations with many thousands of enterprise users.

The WLAN Enterprise Access Server 100 will support up to 5 access points and serve secure WLAN services to up to 100 users.

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