SAMMAMISH, Wash., July 2002 - Mergic has announced the release
of Mergic VPN 1.0, a virtual private network (VPN) client for
Palm OS handhelds. The VPN client allows handheld users with Internet
access to securely connect to a private network, such as their
home or corporate LAN. This allows other applications that require
network access, such as network HotSync and e-mail clients, to
connect to the computers they need to access. Mergic VPN is the
first VPN client for the Palm OS platform to support the Point-to-Point
Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), which is supported by more servers
than any other VPN protocol.
When Mergic VPN is started for the first time, a wizard walks
the user through the connectivity set-up. Once the configuration
is complete, Mergic VPN can work transparently through an Auto
Connect feature that allows user-selected applications to automatically
connect to and disconnect from the VPN server as needed without
requiring the user to launch the VPN client.
To use the product, some way to get a TCP/IP connection is required.
Supported connection types include IEEE 802.11b (also known as
Wi-Fi) wireless LAN modules, wireline and wireless modems, smartphones,
and handheld to mobile phone connections using Bluetooth, infrared
Mergic VPN has support for 40, 56 and 128-bit Microsoft Point-to-Point
Encryption (MPPE). It also supports the PAP, CHAP, MS-CHAPv1 and
MS-CHAPv2 authentication protocols.
"The optimized encryption and authentication methods used
by Mergic VPN's PPTP implementation have relatively low processor
overhead. This allowed us to create a Palm OS VPN client that
connects quickly and performs very well over all supported connection
types," said Rob Seaman, Mergic's Founder.
PPTP server support is available as part of many platforms including
most Cisco platforms, several of the Microsoft operating systems
(Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000
Server, Windows NT Workstation and Server), Linux and many other
operating system and firewall/VPN servers.
Mergic VPN runs on handhelds with Palm OS 3.1 or greater and
at least 150 KB of available storage.
A free 15-day evaluation version of the software can be downloaded