Netgear’s New Router Gives Secure Access To Corporate Networks For Home Workers

Now that so many of us are working from home, businesses are rightly worried about network security and data privacy. How can a business secure a worker’s internet connection without installing a second broadband connection?

One answer could be to install a secure router to the home broadband router and have that device reserved solely for business use. If the device could also have rock-solid VPN implementation, secure connection, plus remote management, that would be an affordable solution.

Networking giant Netgear is already on the case with a brand new and affordable router aimed at home workers. The new BR200 Netgear Insight Managed Business Router enables a worker at home or working from a remote office, to connect to another BR200 unit back at HQ which enables them to securely access data on the corporate office network. The BR200 lets employees easily share corporate IT resources between two offices, such as file servers, network-attached storage devices, or other business-critical assets.

The BR200 has been designed specifically to allow businesses to protect corporate networks with a secure site-2-site VPN and a firewall, all in a cost-effective package that can be managed remotely by an IT department using Netgear’s Insight Cloud Portal or by accessing with Netgear’s Insight mobile app. 

The Insight Managed Business Router includes easy setup, firewall, VLAN management, and remote cloud monitoring and management from anywhere in the world. It can even be deployed to overseas employees and enable them to connect to the corporate network as easily as if they were sitting back in the head office. 

With the Insight Cloud, IT departments can get full monitoring of all the router’s security features, remote management of the router, real-time VPN connection and security status of any connected devices.

If we are all going to be locked down and working from home for much longer, thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the BR200 managed router could be in huge demand as more businesses move functions to the cloud and rely on a distributed workforce to maintain productivity.

Pricing: Variants of the Netgear BR200 managed router are available globally and will cost $139.99 / €149.99 / £139.99 / ¥18,758

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Tech specs:

The Netgear Insight Remote Management solution provides the following features:

  • Business Router hardware status, temperature, port speeds, CPU load, memory utilization
  • IPSec VPN configuration and status
  • VLAN configuration
  • WAN IP, DHCP server configuration

The Netgear BR200 Insight Managed Business Router features:

  • 1 WAN and 4 LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports.
  • LAN-to-WAN throughput: 924Mbps.
  • Remote cloud management and monitoring.
  • IPSec site-2-site VPN configuration through mobile app and web portal.
  • OpenVPN remote VPN from the device GUI.
  • Firewall capabilities to protect against intrusion.
  • VLAN Configurations.

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