With the advent of broadband comes new user needs. Ranking high among them is the desire to share the IP address provided by your ISP among several users on a network. With broadband you're connected all the time, so another concern is a network security firewall that prevents hackers from gaining access to your files. SMC's Barricade is a top-quality router that addresses all these issues in one product. First and foremost, the Barricade allows up to 253 machines to share one IP address regardless of platform. Both PCs and Macs can be connected, running MacOS, Linux or Windows. Second, the Barricade is a first-rate firewall that doesn't allow anything to be shared with the outside world, unless it's directed to do so. To top it off, the barricade comes with a built-in print server which allows all machines on the network to share a remote printer. Whereas many routers are difficult to set up, the Barricade is configured automatically through an online configuration server, making it virtually plug-and-play. For quality, ease of use, and features, SMC's Barricade is the router/firewall of choice.
From the Manufacturer
The Barricade is an ideal all-in-one networking solution for home and small-business users. This protocol-independent multifunctional broadband router is combined with a four-port 10/100 Mbps dual-speed switch, and incorporates both a built-in print server and an Internet firewall for security against unauthorized users.
The Barricade provides a WAN port as well as Network Address Translation (NAT), which extends simultaneous Internet access for up to 253 PCs on the LAN. The new broadband router also allows the connection of multiple users to the Internet using a single WAN/IP address. LAN and IP addresses are auto-assigned and easily managed, and the IP routing supports a range of popular applications.
This new device is a complete networking solution for PC or Mac users, and is backed by SMC's limited lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support.