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Aldermaston, Berkshire, 16th, October 2003 - Electronic Frontier Ltd (EFL) announces the launch of a new combined ADSL router, stateful Firewall and VPN Gateway from ZyXEL Communications Corporation. It offers Teleworkers and branch office networks an all-in-one solution for secure Internet connection via ADSL, high-level network security and LAN-to-LAN connection over VPN. With a wireless interface it also offers the flexibility of Wireless networking in small office and workgroup environments. With a Suggested Retail Price of just £209.00 (excl. VAT), it is available immediately from local, mail-order and web-based resellers.


Key features of the Prestige 652HW include dial back-up over ISDN or analogue lines (via an RS232 port), IPSec VPN Gateway (10 tunnel), Universal Plug and Play (uPnP) support, Multi-NAT operation and Dynamic DNS. The Prestige 652HW's Firewall offers comprehensive features including Denial of Service, Stateful Inspection and Attack Alerts.


ZyXEL is one of largest providers of DSL technology worldwide, partnering major Telcos and ISPs in the deployment of Broadband services. Commenting on the latest releases from ZyXEL, EFL's Managing Director, John Way, said, "Broadband technology is opening up a new world of opportunities. EFL, in partnership with world-leading manufacturers such as ZyXEL, will be at the forefront of delivering leading products, such as the Prestige 652HW, to the UK market".


IPSec VPN Capability Ensures Secure Site-to-Site Communications


The Prestige 652HW's IPSec VPN uses data encryption to provide transparent and secure transmission over the Internet between two or more sites. Not only does this give secured protection for data, it also generates cost savings by eliminating costly leased lines. The Prestige 652HW provides ten concurrent IPSec connections, based on the IPSec standard and is fully interoperable with all major IPSec-based VPN products. ZyXEL's VPN and Firewall technology has been certified by iCSA Labs.


Wireless LAN Interface


The Prestige 652HW incorporates an 802.11b Wireless Interface. Presented as a PCMCIA slot, it is activated by connecting a PCMCIA Wireless card (B100 series).


Robust Firewall and Content Filtering


The Prestige 652HW features a robust firewall, including stateful packet inspection, Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention, URL-based content filtering, as well as real time attack alert and logs. These powerful features prevent unauthorized access, theft, destruction and modification of data from outside threats.


Multiple-flavour ADSL Standard


Designed for high-speed Internet browsing and LAN-to-LAN connections to remote networks, the Prestige 652HW combines a high-speed 4-port 10/100Mbps auto-negotiating switch and a high-speed ADSL port into a single package. It can support the Multi-mode ADSL standards, which allows downstream transmission rates of up to 8Mbps and upstream transmission rates of 832 Kbps. In case of DSL service interruption, the Dial Backup feature enables non-stop Internet access by automatically switching traffic to either an external analogue or ISDN modem.


Ease of installation and Use


The Prestige 652HW's pre-configured factory settings benefit both the service provider and their customers, by eliminating the time and technical expertise required. With an embedded Web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI), all functions of the Prestige 652HW are software configurable via a user-friendly Web browser. These features dramatically reduce the capital and deployment costs for service providers and system integrators, creating a low cost, easy to deploy solution.


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Note to Editors


Full specifications on all of these units are available either directly from EFL or via www.zyxel.co.uk. Photo available on request. Evaluation units for review are also available - please contact Conor McCann for further details.


About EFL


EFL was founded in 1993 and is part of the Arcum Group. Based in Aldermaston, Berkshire, EFL specializes in the distribution of data communications, networking and ICT products and is the sole UK distributor for ZyXEL Communications.


About ZyXEL


ZyXEL Communications Co., located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is world's leading Broadband access solution provider. Products developed by ZyXEL are favoured worldwide by Telcos, ISPs, and other major businesses. ZyXEL now serves Deutsche Telekom, EarthLink, France Telecom, Sprint, Telefonica, Telenor, Verizon and many others. For more information on ZyXEL Communications, please visit http://www.zyxel.com.


For further UK information please contact:


Conor McCann Jim Crowther

Electronic Frontier Ltd Ad-lib International Ltd

Tel: 0118 981 0600 Tel: 0118 974 4189

E-mail: conor@elecfron.com E-mail: jim@adlibinternational.com



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