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Netgear unveils VPN-infused Insight Managed Router

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Both businesses and consumers are contributing to the current VPN boom sweeping across the world, with some reports suggesting VPN usage makes up almost all enterprise traffic.

No wonder, therefore, that more and more network hardware providers are launching products that deliver site-to-site VPN (IPsec VPN) with easier remote management.

Netgear, for example, has announced a new Insight Managed Business Router called the BR200, aimed at SMBs and so called ROBOs (Remote Office/Branch Office).

The product aims to make creating an office intranet far easier, with OpenVPN remote VPN available from the device GUI. Devices such as this make it safer and easier to share IT resources between multiple offices, such as file servers, NAS devices or business printers.

The BR200 delivers the usual set of features found on entry-level managed routers, such as four gigabit Ethernet ports, a built-in firewall, an app/browser-based solution for managing the controls and analytics within the router.

Insight Remote Management is available as a subscription, with three levels: Basic (free), Premium ($9.99 per year) and Pro ($22 per year) - and the device itself comes with a one-year subscription to Premium.

Backed with two year limited warranty, next business day replacement and 90 days of free technical support, the BR200 has a suggested retail price of $139.99/£139.99/AU$247.

Unlike some consumer products, it is not possible to add a business VPN package, like Perimeter 81 or NordVPN Teams.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.