Linksys BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router

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Times sure have changed. A few years ago a household with one PC and a 56K modem was pretty advanced. But these days households with broadband Internet access such as cable or DSL and two or more PCs are getting more and more common. In conjunction with that, home networks and Internet connection sharing are gaining in popularity. Until a few months ago this involved proxy and firewall software, hubs, multiple network cards, complicated IP address configurations, etc. to share Internet access while protecting your PCs against intruders. Over the last few months however a new breed of device has found its way into the home user market that is supposed to make this a lot easier and safer – the router/gateway/firewall in one box. One of these devices is the new Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Router BEFSR41. It offers protection for your local network with its built-in firewall, it features a built-in hub to connect multiple PCs right to the router, and most importantly, it enables you to share a single IP address with multiple PCs for shared Internet access.

 

Features:

  • Connects to a Broadband Modem Or to An Ethernet Backbone
  • Equipped With a 4-port 10/100 Switch
  • Connects All of Your PCs to the Internet With Only One Purchased IP Address
  • Creates a Firewall to Protect Your PCs From Outside Intruders
  • Configurable Through Any Networked PC’s Web Browser
  • The Switch Dramatically Speeds Up Your Gaming and Multimedia Connections
  • Can Act as Either a DHCP Server or Client
  • Compatible with All Standard Internet Applications
  • Administrators Can Block Specific Interior Users’ Internet Access
  • Technical Support – 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
  • Full 1-Year Warranty or Small Office

 

Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Protocol: TCP/IP, RIP1, RIP2, PPTP(VPN)
Ports: 4 10BaseT/100BaseTX RJ-45 Ports
One 10BaseT Broadband WAN Port
One 10BaseT/100BaseTX RJ-45 Uplink Port
Cabling Type: 10BaseT: UTP/STP Category 3 or 5
100BaseTX: UTP/STP Category 5 or Better
Topology: Star
Speed: WAN Router: 10Mbps (10BaseT Ethernet)
LAN: 10Mbps (10BaseT Ethernet) or 100Mbps (100BaseTX Fast Ethernet)
LEDs: Power, Ready/Test, Link and Activity for both WAN and LAN port(s), Partition and Collision for LAN ports

 

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