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A New Router, a New Direction for a Router Maker

Penguins in the Corn

  • July 13, 2006
  • By Alex Goldman

Plymouth, Ind.-based ImageStream was founded in 1995 as a regional engineering contracting company, says co-founder and president J.C Utter. But as the company saw a gap in the market, it shifted focus from consulting to hardware design, and now specializes in low cost routers.

The company competes on price by using as much off the shelf hardware as possible, and bundling it with its own Linux distro, ImageStream Linux. The latest release will add features that will enable ImageStream to take routers where they've never gone before, says Utter.

Some of these cutting edge features include USB WAN card support, peer-to-peer traffic control, and advanced Web-based router management.

"In my opinion, we're introducing the next generation, the next major advance in WAN card design," says Utter, sounding like typical web hype until he follows it with open source humility. "I don't know if everyone will agree, but I think we have done it."

Meanwhile, ImageStream is competing on price, and that makes its ISP customers happy, Utter says.

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