In an effort to further secure the networks of remote workers working from home, Netgear announced a new enterprise VPN service 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 Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 business mesh routers. With this new service, SMBs will be able to extend their corporate networks to branch offices and even employee home offices while ensuring that every node in the network is secure and centrally managed.
An employee’s home Wi-Fi work network is preconfigured as a separate VLAN for Netgear’s corporate VPN and runs separately from their home network which is on another isolated 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 while eliminating administrative complexity for IT teams.
Senior Product Manager at Netgear, Douglas Cheung provided further information on the company’s new Insight Business VPN add-on service in a press release, saying:
“In the great shift towards working from home, we have seen many challenges for the remote workforce, including security concerns and declining employee productivity levels due to unreliable access to applications. enterprise, networked systems and storage. NETGEAR Insight Business VPN solves these problems with a secure and persistent connection, running on Orbi Pro, a high-performance business WiFi mesh system, while providing a seamless experience equivalent to working at headquarters.
Insight corporate VPN
To start using Netgear’s Insight Business VPN, an administrator will first need to configure the corporate VPN on the head office Orbi Pro unit and remote units before sending them to employees.
Orbi Pro units at remote and home sites connect employees to their headquarters using the same corporate SSID when powered on. The connection they provide is encrypted and persistent and requires no repeated authentication while providing the same level of security if an employee was working in the office.
Existing users of Netgear’s SXK80 and SRK60 Orbi Pro systems can activate Insight Business VPN by downloading the latest firmware. Administering VPN access at the group or department level, managing VPN access for remote employees or branch offices, and receiving reports and notifications on VPN performance are then performed using a Web administrator graphical interface.
Netgear Insight Business VPN is available for purchase worldwide through the Netgear Insight Cloud portal and authorized resellers. 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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