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The Workplace Has Been Transformed Forever


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Secure and High-Performance WFH Connectivity for Your Remote Workforce

Linksys and Fortinet have joined forces to provide high-performance WiFi for the home with enterprise-grade security that is easy to deploy and manage.

Solution at a Glance

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Optimized remote employee experience with secure and fast WiFi at home. Employees experience a secure network on both their work and their segmented personal network.

Why You Need HomeWRK

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Benefits for IT Managers

Enterprise-grade Security Powered by Fortinet​

Proven Fortinet NGFW and FortiGuard Security Services extend enterprise security controls to the home office. Multi-SSID support for separate WiFi networks at home ensures privacy and local protection against cyberattacks.


High-performance WiFi Optimized for Productivity​

Boost employee productivity with a blanket of mesh WiFi 6 coverage; traffic prioritized for Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and apps that matter to their work.


Centralized Visibility and Management​

Enterprise solution for secure and high-performance network connection at home; easy to setup and manage across devices from an intuitive console.


Zero-Touch Provisioning and Global Distribution​

Simplified provisioning, order management, and global fulfillment enables an efficient and cost-effective rollout of Linksys HomeWRK globally at enterprise scale.

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Benefits for Employee

Premium Whole Home WiFi

Intelligent WiFi 6 mesh network delivers cutting edge speed and performance.


Privacy Protection

Separate SSID/VLAN protects your personal network and information.


Security on your Home Network

Enterprise-grade security for your personal and work usage with Fortinet cybersecurity technology.


Simple Application-based Setup

App-guided self-installation makes it easy for employees to get up and running quickly.

Deploy and Build a Custom Package for the Needs of Your Enterprise

HomeWRK for Business is sold as an annual subsciption including the WiFi hardware and security software.

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The WiFi hardware consists of the Linksys Intelligent Mesh WiFi system, designed specificially for HomeWRK for Business, with a choice of 1 node or 2 node packages. Additional nodes can also be purchased for larger home coverage.

A choice of two security packages, Standard or Advanced, are provided in the subscription.

  Standard Fortinet Security Advanced Fortinet Security
  Available in One-Node & Two-Node Packs Available in One-Node & Two-Node Packs
Whole-Home Mesh Wifi
FortiGuard Anti-virus
FortiGuard Web filtering
Malicious and Unwanted Site Blocking
Adware Protection
FortiGuard Ransomware
Prevention
SSL Deep Inspection
Security login
Application control
Fortiguard Intrusion  
Prevention (IPS)  
FortiGuard Botnet  
Subscriptions are billed annually
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Scalable and Affordable Pricing and Purchasing

With an affordable Harware-as-a-Service (HaaS) subscription that you purchase from your distributor, you can add new users and scale as your business grows. Companies can ease IT's efforts and resources in maintenance and updates.

What is Linksys HomeWRK for Business | Secured by Fortinet?

Linksys HomeWRK for Business | Secured by Fortinet, is a WiFi network router for the home that provides enterprise-grade security, visibility, centralized management, high-performance, and zero touch provisioning. Linksys HomeWRK empowers organizations to provide their remote and hybrid workers with a secure and easy-to-deploy network solution. Zero-touch provisioning solution is designed to simplify management for IT while optimizing user experience and employee productivity with bandwidth prioritized for business applications.


What is the relationship between Fortinet and Linksys?

Linksys and Fortinet have joined forces to provide a secure and scalable networking solution that protects employees working from home while keeping them productive. Linksys designed HomeWRK to be easy to deploy and remotely manage. Without requiring an onsite technician, our solution is practical to implement in any home, anywhere.


Linksys HomeWRK includes Fortinet’s next generation firewall (NGFW) and FortiGuard Security Services. HomeWRK provides enterprise-grade security, including network segmentation, intrusion protection services, and network filtering. In addition to HomeWRK for Business, Linksys also offers HomeWRK for Education, a secure networking for educational institutions.


What is the target market for Linksys HomeWRK for Business | Secured by Fortinet?

Linksys HomeWRK is available for enterprises in all sizes who want to provision a secure, high performance, and managed network for remote employees.


What benefits does Linksys HomeWRK for Business bring to organizations?

Linksys HomeWRK brings organizations and employees the following benefits:

  • Provides separate and safer digital workspaces for business continuity and personal privacy.
  • Zero touch provisioning and simplified management for all employee networks.
  • Delivers excellent employee experience with true WiFi6 mesh network.
  • Optimizes team collaboration and operational efficiency.
  • Is scalable as business grows with affordable Hardware-as-a-Service.

What are the business challenges that Linksys HomeWRK tries to address?

Traditional office spaces were designed to improve employee collaboration. The new trend of remote- and hybrid-working models have brought new challenges to organizations’ IT teams:

  • The demand of remote access has increased the security risks for the corporate network. The average cost of data breaches per incident reached $4.24 million in 2020; nearly 20% of organizations reported that remote work was a factor in the data breach (source: IBM).
  • Supporting the increasing number of IoT and BYOD devices connected to the corporate network also increases IT’s workload. The number of IoT connections will reach 83 billion by 2024, rising from 35 billion in 2020. (source: Juniper Research) Additionally, providing IT network support services for hundreds, if not thousands of remote employees is certain to become a major problem facing network administrators and CIOs.
  • Unreliable connection and inconsistent bandwidth at home impact remote employees’ collaboration and productivity. 84% of employees working from home expressed that they have suffered from unreliable internet connection (source: Juniper Research).
  • According to a recent report by The Economist, employees now spend 60% of their working time at home. Before the pandemic, employees spent just 5% of their time working from home.
  • 64% of U.S. employees say they prefer working from home because they find it easier to balance work and personal life. 
  • 80% of employees expect to work from home at least three days per week.
  • According to the Financial Stability Board, cyber activities such as phishing, malware and ransomware grew from fewer than 5,000 per week in February 2020 to more than 200,000 per week in April 2021.
  • The average ransom demand also grew 36% to $6.1 million.
  • 83% of organizations said they experienced e-mail phishing attacks in 2021, compared with 57% in 2020. 

What are the features in Linksys HomeWRK for Business | Secured by Fortinet?

Linksys HomeWRK delivers quality features to help organizations sustain their business efficiency and continuity.

  • Single system offers segmented corporate and home networks that meet corporate and personal needs without compromising either.
  • Fast WiFi connectivity with Intelligent Mesh technology enables employees to enjoy a blanket of coverage and seamless roaming.
  • The system automatically picks up the clearest channel to eliminate weak connection and dead spots.
  • Enterprise-grade security from Fortinet protects corporate and personal networks and devices against cyberattacks with secure connection.
  • Multiple SSID support segments corporate-only network traffic while allowing separate home and guest networks for personal needs.
  • Linksys Mobile App based installation helps employees quickly setup and expand WiFi coverage at home without the need for IT support.
  • Intuitive cloud management console provides administrators with centralized visibility of corporate remote network assets for easy management and troubleshooting.
  • Traffic optimized for Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings helps boost employee collaboration and communication.

What is the central platform managing Linksys HomeWRK hardware?

All Linksys HomeWRK systems will be managed through the Linksys Cloud Manager console directly.


What products are included in the Linksys HomeWRK for Business solution?

We offer organizations affordable hardware-as-a-service subscriptions to provide their remote and hybrid workers with a secure and reliable WiFi6 system at home. When an organization subscribes to the services for its employees, each user will receive a package of Linksys HomeWRK hardware. Once users connect the equipment, Fortinet security settings and services are automatically enabled based on subscription service chosen.


An employee already has a home network, why does he/she need Linksys HomeWRK?

Linksys HomeWRK gives your employees one single secure system for both corporate and home networks. Employees can eliminate their home routers to save money and have consistent WiFi6 coverage throughout the home for personal use. In addition, they can enjoy secure access to corporate assets with the cyber protection provided by industry-leading Fortinet security.


What are the offers?

We offer flexible subscription plans that meet organizations’ security requirements and an employee’s home physical needs. We offer one-node and two-node packs (for mesh support) with standard or advanced security features.


What is the price?

Please contact your Linksys representative or email HomeWRKSales@Linksys.com for more information on the solution and pricing.


What are the specifications of the Linksys HomeWRK for Business hardware?

Linksys HomeWRK offers a secure and reliable connection for employees to work at home without interruption. Intelligent mesh with a mobile app guided installation process delivers blazing fast WiFi6 coverage for the entire home without burdening IT for installation support.

• 4x4x4 Triband MU-MIMO

• Next-gen OFDMA Technology

• 3x Gigabit LAN + 1 Gigabit WAN


Network Standards:

• WiFi 1 (802.11a), WiFi 2 (802.11b),

• WiFi 3 (802.11g), WiFi 4 (802.11n),

• WiFi 5 (802.11ac), WiFi 6 (802.11ax)


WiFi Speed:

• Tri-Band AX4200 up to 4.2 Gbps


WiFi Bands:

• Radio 1: 2.4 GHz Band 802.11ax, 574 Mbps

• Radio 2: 5 GHz Band 802.11ax, 1201 Mbps

• Radio 3: 5 GHz Band 802.11ax, 2402 Mbps

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Linksys has also developed one-touch provisioning and remote administration capabilities that simplify implementation and deployment without compromising security.</p><p><br></p><p>Linksys HomeWRK leverages Fortinet Security to provide a high-performance firewall, virtual private network (VPN) functionality, intrusion prevention system (IPS), application control, URL filtering, antivirus, antispam and visibility.</p>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] }, { "id" : "5d381e2aecb0c2e3b86fdf183a", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { "spacerSizeMobile" : "32", "spacerSize" : "32" } }, { "id" : "31bc233ae2d901c0372e7fee05", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.editorialRichText", "data" : { "descSize" : "Small - 14px", "eyebrowSize" : "Default - 16px", "spacing" : "16", "textPosition" : "Center", "descCol" : "1 Column", "heading" : "<h2>Security &amp; Visibility</h2>", "vertAlign" : "Top", "textAlign" : "Left", "headingStyle" : "Heading 4", "theme" : "Dark Text", "desc" : "<p><strong>Network Segmentation:</strong>&nbsp;Support for network segmentation using multiple SSIDs on the same router to separate corporate and personal network traffic. Segmenting the traffic enables a higher level of protection for accessing corporate systems from the home.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Antivirus:</strong>&nbsp;Automated protection against polymorphing attack components, viruses, spyware, and other content-level threats.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Web and Application Filtering:</strong>&nbsp;AI-powered analytics and filtering to block web, application, video content, phishing, and ransomware for comprehensive protection and regulatory compliance.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>IPS:</strong>&nbsp;Detection and blocking of network-level threats and network intrusions using Fortinet’s FortiGuard IPS Library with thousands of signatures and context-aware policies for full control of attack detection.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>IPsec VPN:</strong>&nbsp;Support for IPsec virtual private networking to encrypt traffic between the router and the corporate network, ensuring the confidentiality of communications.</p>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] }, { "id" : "45dedc5da3bbbdf0a52d582dfc", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { } }, { "id" : "1054c87171fce85c4dfd87a412", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.editorialRichText", "data" : { "descSize" : "Small - 14px", "eyebrowSize" : "Default - 16px", "spacing" : "16", "textPosition" : "Center", "descCol" : "1 Column", "heading" : "<h2>Manageability &amp; Productivity</h2>", "vertAlign" : "Top", "textAlign" : "Left", "headingStyle" : "Heading 4", "theme" : "Dark Text", "desc" : "<p><strong>Zero-Touch Provisioning:</strong>&nbsp;Linksys HomeWRK devices support Zero-Touch provisioning and remote administration to simplify the employee’s user experience.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Traffic Optimization:</strong>&nbsp;Prioritization of traffic improves performance for bandwidth-intensive applications such as video conferencing.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Intelligent Mesh and WiFi 6:</strong>&nbsp;Supports Linksys Intelligent Mesh and WiFi 6 technology to deliver gigabit WiFi speeds to every corner of the home.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>IPS:</strong>&nbsp;Detection and blocking of network-level threats and network intrusions using Fortinet’s FortiGuard IPS Library with thousands of signatures and context-aware policies for full control of attack detection.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Security Visibility:</strong>&nbsp;Powerful log management, analytics, and reporting that provide organizations with single-pane orchestration, automation, and response for simplified security operations, proactive identification, and remediation of risk.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Global Distribution:</strong>&nbsp;Linksys provides global order management, staging, and fulfillment that eliminates the need for an IT administrator to physically administer the device before shipment.</p>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] }, { "id" : "460df210ccbe6d3c2e7fba213f", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { "spacerSizeMobile" : "32", "spacerSize" : "32" } }, { "id" : "10a3c13ec75884ace8e632fe0f", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.editorialRichText", "data" : { "descSize" : "Small - 14px", "eyebrowSize" : "Default - 16px", "spacing" : "16", "textPosition" : "Center", "descCol" : "1 Column", "vertAlign" : "Top", "textAlign" : "Left", "headingStyle" : "Default", "theme" : "Dark Text", "desc" : "<p>Learn more about&nbsp;<a data-category-catalog-id=\"storefront-linksysUS\" data-category-id=\"homewrk-business\" data-link-label=\"HomeWRK for Business\" data-link-type=\"category\" target=\"_self\" href=\"https://staging-na01-belkin.demandware.net/on/demandware.store/Sites-Site/default/ViewLdsBusinessManagerScreen-PageDesigner/https://www.linksys.com/search?%2520%27cgid%27=%2520%27homewrk-business%27\">Linksys HomeWRK</a>&nbsp;and find out how we can help you secure the new home office edge.</p><p>Contact your Linksys or Fortinet sales representative or email&nbsp;HomeWRKSales@linksys.com&nbsp;for details on how to try the solution.</p>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] }, { "id" : "1c116035161ac2a32ecfb48703", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { "spacerSizeMobile" : "64", "spacerSize" : "64" } } ] }, { "id" : "column2" } ] } ] } ] }
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Large office spaces with heavy traffic typically utilize WiFi access points, while small offices with limited users are more likely to have WiFi routers and range extenders. Let’s take a look at how their features compare to find the best WiFi solution for you.</p>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] }, { "id" : "b61e6f2cad1f2446272d0f0bc3", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { "spacerSizeMobile" : "32", "spacerSize" : "32" } }, { "id" : "8eaf65c4bf7c453b009184dff4", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.editorialRichText", "data" : { "descSize" : "Small - 14px", "eyebrowSize" : "Default - 16px", "spacing" : "16", "textPosition" : "Center", "descCol" : "1 Column", "heading" : "<h2>What is an Access Point?</h2>", "vertAlign" : "Top", "textAlign" : "Left", "headingStyle" : "Heading 4", "theme" : "Dark Text", "desc" : "<p>An&nbsp;<a data-category-catalog-id=\"storefront-linksysUS\" data-category-id=\"wireless-access-points\" data-link-label=\"Wireless Access Points\" data-link-type=\"category\" target=\"_self\" href=\"https://www.linksys.com/for-business/products/wireless-access-points/\">access point</a>&nbsp;is a device that creates a wireless local area network, or WLAN, usually in an office or large building. An access point connects to a wired router, switch, or hub via an Ethernet cable, and projects a WiFi signal to a designated area. For example, if you want to enable WiFi access in your company's reception area but don’t have a router within range, you can install an access point near the front desk and run an Ethernet cable through the ceiling back to the server room.</p>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] }, { "id" : "803495d1c93a0058d8cb2e646f", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { "spacerSizeMobile" : "32", "spacerSize" : "32" } }, { "id" : "72ebb0a3799040855a6a0e2ee8", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.editorialRichText", "data" : { "descSize" : "Small - 14px", "eyebrowSize" : "Default - 16px", "spacing" : "16", "textPosition" : "Center", "descCol" : "1 Column", "heading" : "<h2>What is a Range Extender?</h2>", "vertAlign" : "Top", "textAlign" : "Left", "headingStyle" : "Heading 4", "theme" : "Dark Text", "desc" : "<p>As its name implies, a&nbsp;<a data-category-catalog-id=\"storefront-linksysUS\" data-category-id=\"resource-center\" data-link-label=\"Resource Center\" data-link-type=\"category\" target=\"_self\" href=\"https://www.linksys.com/for-home/resource-center/\">range extender</a>&nbsp;lengthens the reach of an existing WiFi network. Since range extenders connect wirelessly to WiFi routers, they must be placed where the WiFi router's signal is already strong, not in the location of the actual dead spot. For instance, if your router is in the basement of a two-story building, installing a range extender on the ground floor (where coverage from the WiFi router is still strong) will eliminate potential dead zones on the second floor.</p>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] }, { "id" : "c5187939fe41741b2f92b1e743", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { "spacerSizeMobile" : "32", "spacerSize" : "32" } }, { "id" : "56f067741321c10d88a838310a", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.editorialRichText", "data" : { "descSize" : "Small - 14px", "eyebrowSize" : "Default - 16px", "spacing" : "16", "textPosition" : "Center", "descCol" : "1 Column", "heading" : "<h2>Why Access Points Are Better for Businesses</h2>", "vertAlign" : "Top", "textAlign" : "Left", "headingStyle" : "Heading 4", "theme" : "Dark Text", "desc" : "<p>While range extenders are great for home WiFi networks, they’re not efficient for modern businesses. This is because they can only support a limited number of devices at one time, usually no more than 20. While range extenders do increase the coverage of a WiFi router, they do not increase its available bandwidth. Depending on the number of devices you have connected simultaneously, a range extender could end up weighing down your connection.</p><p><br></p><p>Access points, on the other hand, can handle over 60 simultaneous connections each. By installing access points throughout the office, users can roam freely from room to room without experiencing network interruptions. As they move through the building, their devices shift seamlessly from one access point to the next without dropping the connection—they won’t even realize they’re switching between networks.</p>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] }, { "id" : "d39b2d90ce05283f4faaef99f1", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { "spacerSizeMobile" : "32", "spacerSize" : "32" } }, { "id" : "12bc0206581d180280a9f700ac", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.editorialRichText", "data" : { "descSize" : "Small - 14px", "eyebrowSize" : "Default - 16px", "spacing" : "16", "textPosition" : "Center", "descCol" : "1 Column", "heading" : "<h2>Advantages of Using Wireless Access Points</h2>", "vertAlign" : "Top", "textAlign" : "Left", "headingStyle" : "Heading 4", "theme" : "Dark Text", "desc" : "<p>When you have both employees and guests connecting with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, 20 devices on a wireless network adds up quickly. At 60 simultaneous connections each, access points give you the freedom to scale the number of devices supported on your network. But that’s only one of the advantages of using these network enhancers—consider these points:</p><p><br></p><ul><li>Business-grade access points can be installed anywhere you can run an Ethernet cable. Newer models are also compatible with Power over Ethernet Plus, or PoE+ (a combination Ethernet and power cord), so there is no need to run a separate power line or install an outlet near the access point.</li><li>Additional standard features include Captive Portal and Access Control List (ACL) support, so you can limit guest access without compromising network security, as well as easily manage users within your WiFi network.</li><li>Select access points include a Clustering feature—a single point from which the IT administrator can view, deploy, configure, and secure a WiFi network as a single entity rather than a series of separate access point configurations.</li></ul>" }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "textBoxBtns" } ] } ] }, { "id" : "column2", "components" : [ { "id" : "7424bbf1a0fc6c9eef4d55609b", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.shopStory", "data" : { "navHeadline" : "RELATED PRODUCTS", "bgColor" : "Transparent", "swipeMobile" : false, "theme" : "Dark Text", "useCustomBgColor" : false }, "regions" : [ { "id" : "column1", "components" : [ { "id" : "8f3705a547eb794a451557a433", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.productTile", "data" : { "product" : "LAPAX3600C", "displayRatings" : false, "displaySwatches" : false } }, { "id" : "8e7818100c2f8e3db5ae8ff4e9", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.productTile", "data" : { "product" : "RE7000", "displayRatings" : false, "displaySwatches" : false } } ] } ] } ] } ] }, { "id" : "2831314faa4b83bc1930385378", "type_id" : "commerce_assets.spacer", "data" : { "spacerSizeMobile" : "32", "spacerSize" : "32" } } ] } ] }
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