The Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router is an advanced connection-sharing network solution for your small business needs. Like any router, it lets multiple computers in your office share a connection to a public or private network. However, the 16 ports on this router feature unprecedented versatility. Up to seven of the switched ports can be set up for load balancing or backup connections to help you stay connected and to reduce network bottlenecks. In addition, a dedicated network edge (DMZ) port gives you a publicly accessible channel so you can set up a web or FTP server, unimpeded by the powerful security features of the router.The VPN capability creates encrypted "tunnels" through the Internet, providing highly secure connections into your office network for up to 100 remote-office or traveling users. Users connecting through a VPN tunnel are attached to your company's network - with secure access to files, email, and your intranet - just as if they were in the building. You can also use the VPN capability to allow users on your small office network to securely connect out to a corporate network.The Cisco RV016 can serve as a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server and has a powerful stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall to help protect your PCs against intruders and most known Internet attacks. It also supports the Trend Micro ProtectLink Gateway Security Service, which enables you to dynamically block unwanted or unsafe URLs and emails. Configuration is a snap with the web browser-based configuration utility.As the heart of your small office network, the connection-redundant Cisco RV016 Multi WAN VPN Router gives you the connection reliability your business needs.