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SMC Networks, a global provider of LAN hardware and broadband connectivity devices, has announced the availability of the Panda Internet Security bundle for home and SoHo (small office/ home office) users. The offering is available to the South African market through SMC Networks South Africa.

The bundle includes a Wireless N Router and a Wireless N USB 2.0 Adapter from SMC Networks, and is designed to offer small offices and home users high-speed wireless connectivity to withstand demands on bandwidth-thirsty applications such as large file transfers and multimedia streaming.

The routers come equipped with a free six-month trial of Panda Internet Security; featuring anti-virus, anti-spyware, desktop firewall, anti-phishing, anti-spam, online backup, PC tune-up and parental control.

“We are very pleased to bring to market this latest offering which stems from a close, industry-driven alliance between SMC Networks and Panda Security. Irrespective of where one might be using the Internet, high-speed connectivity is increasingly required with a further demand for wireless connectivity in the office and at home. This is space that is growing in South Africa and, together with Panda Security, we have launched an offering that will make a difference to users,” says Paul Luff, country manager, SMC Networks South Africa.

Additionally, an Internet connection now requires a promise of security for both the data being shared and as a form of protection for the end-user, be it a teenage pupil researching their homework or a member of staff presenting to colleagues online.

Thierry Gonon SMC Networks’ General Manager, EMEA comments: “The Internet now serves a larger purpose then ever in business and home life and although it stands as one of the most useful tools to communicate and have access to information, it also presents risks for both the private and business end-user. We’ve teamed up with Panda Security to offer customers running smaller offices and/or PCs in the home the ability to connect safely via our high-speed all-in-one net-working routers, in the knowledge that all of their assets are protected.“

The Barricade® Draft 11n Wireless 4-port ADSL2/2+ Modem Router (SMC7904WBRA-N) and the Draft 11n Wireless 4-port Broadband Router (SMCWBR14S-N2) are all-in-one IEEE802.11n draft v2.0 networking solutions, designed for sharing high-speed Internet connections. Depending on needs and provision, potential users can select the router of their choice. The Barricade® routers supplied in the bundle come with a built-in IEEE802.11n draft v2.0 wireless access point, offering users data transfer rates of up to 300Mbps This allows bandwidth-demanding applications to be used simultaneously, such as high-definition video and audio streaming, large file transfers, online gaming and VoIP calls.

Users of this bundle can benefit from Panda Security´s enhanced threat detection technology including anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-rootkit protection with the chance to upgrade to a full license after six months. Panda Internet Security also includes a desktop firewall, online backup and parental control as well as a system for blocking malicious URLs to prevent access to websites used for phishing or identity theft. Compatible with Windows Vista,

Panda Internet Security is one of the industry-leading security products available on the market designed with ease of use in mind, for end-users of all abilities.

“Panda Security is proud to work with SMC Networks in offering computer security to its clients. Thanks to our solutions, SMC customers will enjoy the best protection via these outstanding wireless routers”, comments Ignacio Ayerbe, Business Development Director at Panda Security.

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