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Check Point debuts wireless-security router for the home

Company says the Z100G, its first dedicated home network security device, offers users seven layers of protection.

Check Point Software Technologies on Tuesday unveiled its ZoneAlarm Secure Wireless Router Z100G, its first dedicated home network security device.

The security software company, which largely focuses on corporate customers, has designed its Z100G wireless router to offer home users seven layers of security--from firewalls to intrusion detection and prevention to antivirus technologies. Check Point, however, faces stiff competition, given that McAfee and others have already entered the consumer market with their wireless-security offerings.

Check Point's Z100G

"Typical home wireless routers only include the most rudimentary security features, giving consumers a false sense of invincibility," Laura Yecies, general manager of Check Point subsidiary Zone Labs, said in a statement.

The Z100G has a potential range of 984 feet indoors and 3,280 feet outdoors with extended range (XR)-enabled wireless computers. It includes parental controls, VPN remote access, wireless encryption and secure remote desktop access. With four Ethernet ports, it supports Super G standards at speeds up to 108 megabits per second. It is also compatible with older wireless technologies such as 802.11b and 802.11g, as well as USB-enabled printers.

The wireless router, set to ship to stores later this month, is expected sell for $199.95 sans promotions.