USR intros new router/NAS approach
U.S. Robotics just announced its USR8200 Secure Storage Router Pro . The 8200 is an SPI-based router with built-in PPTP VPN endpoint . But in addition to the single 10/100 Ethernet WAN and four 10/100 Ethernet LAN ports, it sports two USB 2.0 and one IEEE 1394 Firewire ports. These ports can be used to connect FireWire or USB 2.0 hard drives, memory card readers or other storage class devices to add network attached storage (NAS) functions to the router. The 8200 is based on the Intel IXP422 network processor and Linux OS and has an "upgradeable, customizable platform and expandable design", according to USR. They also say Linux programmers will be able to create new modules using a software developer's kit available later this year. The Secure Storage Router Pro will be available in July for $349 suggested list.