ZyWALL 70 UTM Awarded "Best Value" by ITHome Magazine

Comprehensive Features and Performance Stand out in the UTM Crowd

Hsinchu, July 19, 2006 -- ZyXEL Communications (TSE: 2391), world's leading broadband access solutions provider, today declares its victory in the Unified Threat Management (UTM) review conducted by ITHome, one of Taiwan's leading IT magazines. With robust security functions and stunning performance, ZyXEL's ZyWALL 70 UTM stands out from competition and won the "UTM with Best Value" award.

The publication reviewed UTMs from various vendors based on ease of installation and deployment, rule configuration and implementation, user interface, logging and reporting, upgrades and updates, along with basic UTM requirements such as built-in firewall, VPN, IPS, anti-virus, anti-spam and content filtering capabilities.

In the independent review, ITHome evaluated the following UTM devices: ISS Proventia M10E, Fortinet FortiGate 100A, ZyWALL 70 UTM, 3Com X505, Astaro Security Gateway 220, SonicWALL Pro4100 and Symantec Gateway Security 5640. Priced at NT$ 95,000 (US$2,968), ZyXEL's ZyWALL 70 UTM gets the highest score of 7.45 based on the overall value and price/performance ratio, and thus dubbed as the "best buy" in its class.

To evaluate the transmission performance, tests were carried out with a 906MB file download through a 100Mbps network under various real-life conditions, such as "Firewall+NAT", "Firewall+NAT+IPS", "Firewall+NAT+IPS+Antivirus", etc, to push the devices to their limits.

During the harsh tests, ZyWALL 70 UTM also offers outstanding speeds and easy expansion for enhanced capabilities. With the Turbo Card installed, ZyWALL 70 UTM maintains a transmission speed of up to 27.480Mbps with only slight performance degradation even when IPS and anti-virus are turned on simultaneously.
In addition to excellent performance, ZyWALL 70 UTM also offers stable operation unmatched by others, and a user-friendly GUI for configuring the comprehensive security features. The overall value, performance and intuitive operation not only make ZyWALL 70 the choice of ITHome, but also efficiency-conscious professional users alike.

Designed for SMB headquarters with approximately 100 users, the ICSA-certified ZyWALL 70 UTM integrates comprehensive Firewall, IPSec VPN, Dual WAN Load Balancing, Bandwidth Management, Content Filtering, IDP (Intrusion Detection and Prevention), Mailshell Gateway Anti-Spam and Kaspersky antivirus solution in a box to satisfy SMB security needs.

The ZyWALL 70 UTM Features dual WAN ports, 4 dedicated DMZ ports, 1 LAN port, 1 back panel extension card slot for acceleration card; and it is capable of establishing 100 IPSec VPN tunnels. For more information please visit http://www.zyxel.com/

ZyWALL 70 UTM is available and can be ordered via ZyXEL's global sales network of system integrators and value-added resellers. To find a ZyXEL distributor nearest to your location, visit the information site at http://www.zyxel.com/wherebuy/index.php.

About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Corp. (TSE: 2391), headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is the world's largest DSL router provider (Gartner, August 2005). ZyXEL's comprehensive Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions include access multiplexors, customer premise equipment, Internet security and Wireless LAN equipment, enabling high-performance network services for SOHO, small to mid-sized businesses and service providers. ZyXEL works closely with worldwide network equipment vendors, telecommunications companies, ISPs, and other major businesses. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.zyxel.com.