In an effort to further secure the network of remote employees working from home, Netgear has announced a new business VPN service that is compatible with its existing mesh router systems.
The networking company’s new Insight Business VPN is an add-on service available for its Orbi Pro series of Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 business mesh routers. With this new service SMBs will be able to extend their corporate network to branch offices and even employees’ home offices, while ensuring that every node on the network is secure and centrally managed.
The Wi-Fi work network in an employee’s home is pre-configured as a separate VLAN for Netgear’s corporate VPN and runs separate from their home network which is on a separate VLAN. By using the same SSID at an organization’s headquarters and at remote sites, Insight Business VPN provides an easy-to-use and secure end-user environment for IT teams, eliminating administrative complexity.
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Providing further details on the company’s new Insightly Business VPN add-on service, Douglas Cheung, Senior Product Line Manager at Netgear, said in a press release:
“In the larger work-from-home shift, we have seen several challenges for the remote workforce, including security concerns and declining employee productivity levels due to unreliable access to company applications and network systems and storage. Netgear Insight Business VPN tackles these concerns with a secure and consistent connection, running on Orbi Pro, a high-performance business WiFi mesh system, while providing a seamless experience equivalent to working at headquarters.
Insight Business VPN
To begin using Netgear’s Insightly Business VPN, an administrator must configure BusinessVPN on the HQ Orbi Pro unit and remote unit before sending it to employees.
Orbi Pro units at remote and home sites connect employees to their headquarters using the same corporate SSIDs that were once operational. The connection they provide is encrypted and persistent and does not require repeated authentication, providing the same level of security if an employee was working in an office.
Existing users of Netgear’s SXK80 and SRK60 Orbi Pro systems can enable Insight Business VPN by downloading the latest firmware version. Administering VPN access at a group or department level, managing VPN access for remote employees or branch office locations, and receiving reports as well as notifications on VPN performance is done using an admin web GUI.
Netgear Insight Business VPN is available for purchase through the Netgear Insight Cloud portal and authorized resellers worldwide. Pricing starts at $160 per year for five concurrent VPN enabled client devices and goes up to $2,000 per year for 250 devices.
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