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Palm OS VPN Client Available

Mergic today announced the release of Mergic VPN 1.0, a virtual private network (VPN) client for Palm OS handhelds. Mergic VPN is the first VPN client for the Palm OS platform to support the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), according to the company. The company said that this protocol 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.

Supported connection types include IEEE 802.11b, wireline and wireless modems, smartphones, and handheld to mobile phone connections using Bluetooth, infrared or cable.

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.

Mergic VPN is now available online for $29.99 from Handango (www.handango.com), through the Mergic Web site at www.mergic.com and later today from PalmGear (www.palmgear.com).

A free 15-day evaluation version of the software can be downloaded at www.mergic.com. Volume pricing is also available.

Mergic is a privately owned mobile computing company in Sammamish, Washington and its Web site is www.mergic.com.

Matthew Peretz is Senior Editor of sister site allNetDevices.com