Wednesday, 31 January 2001
- If you've been trying unsuccessfully to get an SMC Wireless
Barricade to work with an Lucent/ORiNOCO Silver or Gold card
with WEP turned on, you're not alone! This combination
doesn't seem to work, not matter what WEP code is entered. We've
contacted SMC about a fix and we'll keep you posted!
- The Amazon.com
$110 deal on the NETGEAR RT314 has gotten a little less
sweet. They've yanked the free shipping, but it's still a good
price. [Thnx Daryl Biberdorf!]
- Looking for a free Personal Firewall? Tiny Software
has just released V2 (non-Beta) of their Tiny
Personal Firewall. It's free for home use and $39 a copy for
- NETGEAR has finally released new firmware to fix their PA101
USB HomePNA 10X adapter. Go
here for the update!
- Asante has released version 2.02 firmware for their
FriendlyNET router. Not sure what it does, since there's
no release notes. Download info here.
Tuesday, 30 January 2001
- We've been working on the Wireless
Troubleshooting section again. This time we've added info
on choosing Lucent vs. Intersil PRISM based products, getting a Linksys
WPC11 card to work with Linux, and links to AppleAirport articles and
Windows configuration utilities. Enjoy!
- An alert reader reports that the Linksys BEFSR41 4 port router
is available at Fry's for $99... no rebates needed!
Monday, 29 January 2001
- A new version of Travis Watford's IPMailer is now
available for download from the Tools
page. It now supports mail services (like Yahoo mail) that require
POP3 authentication before they allow mail sending.
- Had a call with some folks from Microsoft's DirectX group last week.
They told us about the work they've done that eliminates port mapping
headaches for players of their DirectX based games. Check
out the solution in our Gaming
- We've also added some additional tips to the Gaming
Help section for users who are having problems with router
lockups during game server list refreshes.
Friday, 26 January 2001
- Today's NY Times (1/25/01) has an ad from J&R
computers offering the SMC Barricade 4-port router for $49:
list $149 with $20 instant rebate from J&R plus $80 rebate from
the manufacturer. [Thnx Art Goldhammer!]
has the D-Link DWL-1000AP
Wireless Access point for $200! [Thnx Doug Schmidt!]
Thursday, 25 January 2001
Not so fast!
- A helpful reader let us know that WebGear may still be with us.
Their Web site is still up at http://220.127.116.11/
and although their 800 numbers have been taken down, their line
at 925-551-5099 is still working. We have a call into them
and as soon as we hear what the situation is, we'll post it right here...
- Love those helpful readers! Lastest tip is CompUSA's
sale on the Linksys 4 port router. $99.99
after rebates. Think it's this week only, so hurry!
- We brought D-Link's DWL line into the PracticallyNetwork test
lab and got some surprising results from our testing. Check out
our triple-header reviews for the DWL-1000AP
Access Point, DWL-120
USB Wireless Adapter(a first!), and DWL-650
PCMCIA Wireless and see for yourself.
Wednesday, 24 January 2001
- A helpful reader told us about Amazon's
$20 off deal on the NETGEAR RT314. $110
gets you the router, free shipping included!
Tuesday, 23 January 2001
Webgear has left the building!
- We'd been getting reports of problems reaching Webgear over
the past few weeks, so we did some checking. The domain name doesn't
have a registered server any more, and phones have been disconnected.
No advice on what to do if you're an Aviator or AviatorPro
wireless product owner...sorry! We've removed the review from
our listings to avoid confusion, but added a Troubleshooting
page with a link to drivers.
- Intel is having a sale
on their Wireless Pro 2011 Starter kit. You get an Access
Point and two PC client cards for $700 (50% off List price).
Offer is good until Jan 31.
Monday, 22 January 2001
- An alert reader noticed a new item on NETGEAR's online
store. The FR314 Cable/DSL Firewall Router 4port 10/100BT
Switch's price is listed as $300 and is also
on Pricegrabber at $230-$235. It's not
available yet, and NETGEAR isn't saying much either (and has also removed
it from their store...)
- We've updated the Tools page
with links to our page of free sharing programs, and
also added two Linux based routers that you can use with that old X86
clunker that you've got lying around.
- The Wireless Help articles
on WEP have been updated with info on handling products that
have different ways of setting the WEP keys.
If you've been wrestling with getting an ORiNOCO or Buffalo Tech card
to talk to an SMC Wireless Barricade, for example, it's a definite read!
Saturday, 20 January 2001
- Linksys has confirmed a problem with their WAP11
Wireless Access point. It will not support a 100Mbps-only
hub or switch, just either 10Mbps or 10/100 autosensing.
- The Jan 19 issue of Scot Finnie's Broadband Report has
an excellent review of Scot's experiences with the new StarBand
Two-Way Satellite service. If you've been thinking of
trying out one of these puppies, you definitely should read
- 2Wire has expanded their distribution for their
You can now purchase it at CompUSA stores or from their
- In the market for a HomePNA to Ethernet bridge and
trying to decide between a Linksys HPB200 and a NETGEAR
PE102? Our review
of the Linksys may help you out, and teach you something about
mixed HPNA1.0 and 2.0 network behavior!
Friday, 19 January 2001
- Looks like MaxGate's redone their
Web site and put up some info on their newest UGate
3300, which integrates a 1 port 10/100 Ethernet-Ethernet
router with an 802.11b wireless access point
and bi-directional printserver.
is debuting their BroadGuard Secure Cable/DSL Router,
which they say combines professional level firewall and networking features
for under $200! No press release or web page
yet, so we'll post more info as it comes available.
- MaxGate is running a $40 off promotion
on their UGate 3000 , and a $90 off
promotion at Buy.com on their UGate 3200 until
Jan 31. Go to this
MaxGate page for the details.
- Since the SMC Wireless Barricade's twin (the D-Link
DI-713) made it in here first, it got the big review. Still, if
you've been lusting after one of these babies, you should read our QuickCheck
review, which points out a few important differences!
Thursday, 18 January 2001
- Last time we reviewed Buffalo Technology's
AirStation, it pretty much had the low-cost 802.11b market
to itself. We just tested their 4 port Local Router model,
so see how it
stacks up against other wireless routers!
- MultiTech has a $10 rebate on their
RF500s RouteFinder router, good thru Feb 28.
page for details.
Tuesday, 16 January 2001
- TZO has announced a DNS Forwarding service
for Dynamic IP users. The new service lets users manage their
DNS records for their own sub-domains on their own DNS server even when
that DNS server itself has a dynamic IP address. See their press
release for more info.
- Remember the IPMailer utility we told you about
yesterday? Well, Travis Watford's changed it
so that it now handles both the Linksys
router series and SMC Barricades! Go
here for the download.
Monday, 15 January 2001
- Farallon has announced their NetLINE
WirelessBroadband Gateway, an 802.11b wireless router with
one 10/100 Ethernet LAN port. Due to ship in February
for $399 list.
- Catch up day at PracticallyNetworked. We've reorganized the
ICS Configuration map
pages, added a VPN setup
example for the Asante FriendlyNet/SMC Barricade, and updated
various other pages.
- SMC has posted the 1.90E Barricade
firmware. Sadly, Asante is still showing
1.88BETA as the latest! Go
here for the download info.
- Travis Watford has written the IPMailerForLinksys
that will email you the WAN IP address of your Linky when it changes.
You can even email muliple addresses if you want. It's available
on our Tools page.
Sunday, 14 January 2001
- The CES2001 report is finally done,
with the final installment that includes broadband satellites,
web tablets, networked multimedia devices,
and a very interesting little product. Read
Friday, 12 January 2001
- In the third installment
of the CES2001 report we cover developments in the powerline
networking and Bluetooth wireless segments.
Thursday, 11 January 2001
- The second installment of the CES2001
report is up. We cover developments in HomeRF. Check it
- 2Wire has reduced pricing by $100
on their entire product line. This brings the HomePortal
100, which has USB, Ethernet, and HomePNA2.0 LAN ports to $200.
Go to their site
-Linksys announced their EtherFast(tm)
Cable/DSL & Voice Router (BEFN2PS4). It adds a built-in
POTS (regular phone) to VoIP gateway to their standard 4 port router,
allowing free Internet based calling within the US. It'll be available
in about a month with on-line pricing running about $170.
The Press Release is here.
- If you've been wrestling with getting a NETGEAR PA101 HPNA
USB adapter running, try the new driver which you can download
by clicking here.
- Disappointed in the speed and range of your new wireless network?
Better read the new
article in the Wireless Troubleshooting section.
Wednesday, 10 January 2001
- Back from CES2001, and along with
sore feet, we've returned with plenty of info on new networking stuff.
The first part of the report
covers the new router and 802.11b wireless products that we found.
- Those wacky Linksys folks have released a newer
version of their 1.37 firmware without changing the version
here for info on what they're up to.
- We've added a new SNMP logviewing tool for Linksys users.
SNMPLog will run on Win9X, NT, and 2000 and it's FREE!
Go here for more info
and the download.
- Nexland is clearing the shelves for their new product
line. If you're in the market for a dialup router with good multisession
VPN capability, you can buy an ISB100E dialup router
for $99. Offer is good until they're gone. Go
online store to buy.
Friday, 5 January 2001
- ZyXEL has confirmed that the Prestige 312
and new ZyWALL10
are the same product. The 312 will be retired soon.
Thursday, 4 January 2001
- NETGEAR has released BETA Firmware
for their RT311/RT314 routers that is suppposed to
fix the problem where the router hangs when the server list is refreshed
playing the game Half Life. More info here.
-We've already updated the D-Link
Wireless Router review since we compared it to the SMC
Wireless Barricade, but neglected to point out that the D-Link
doesn't have a print server! D'oh!
- We're steadily adding more articles to the Wireless
Troubleshooting pages. Check 'em out!
- Linksys announced a new Instant Wireless(tm) USB Network
Adapter (WUSB11) (no pricing set) and set pricing for their
previously announced Instant Wireless(tm) Cable/DSL Router +
Print Server (BEFW11P1) at $299 (Wireless
PC Card not included), and Instant Wireless(tm) Cable/DSL Router
+ 4-Port Switch (BEFW11S4) at $399.
Full press release is here.
Availability on their WAP11 Access Point is still spotty,
due to very high demand, according to Linksys. A Pricegrabber
check shows the box in stock only at Buy.com.
Wednesday, 3 January 2001
-It's been awhile since we've had a D-Link
product here at PracticallyNetworked to dig into! The drought
is finally over, so see how the D-Link DI-713 Wireless Router
Plus Switch made out in our review.
2Wire adds wireless!
If you've been looking for one box to handle your routing chores that
supports Ethernet, HomePNA2.0, 802.11b
wireless, and USB LAN connections, look no
is rolling out the HomePortal 1500W ($700), which includes
a DSL modem, and the 100W ($500), which has an Ethernet
WAN connection. Both will be available this month. A wireless
version of their phone-centric ICS2000 will roll out
in March 2001, priced at $1200. Go
here to read the news release.
ShareGate wants your phone lines...
Similar to 2Wire's ICS2000,
Sharegate DSL2000 can provide both shared Internet
connections and up to 4 voice-over DSL (VoDSL) phone
lines from your G.dmt or G.Lite DSL connection. Priced at
$700 for a 2 phone line version, it will be available in
Q1 2001. Tuesday, 2 January
-AMIT has released version 1.90 of their firmware,
which can be used on the SMC Barricade or Asante
FriendlyNET routers. If you're running dialup it looks
worth the download. Go
here for more info.
Nexland takes the gloves off!
We've previously reported that Nexland
has a Patent Pending on their Multi-Session
IPsec passthru technology. They are now starting to defend
the soon-to-be-granted patent and are contacting any companies that
claim to have multi-session IPsec passthru capability in their routers
to warn of possible patent infringement. We don't think this means
that the Feds will come busting down your door to take your router away,
but we'll keep you informed as things progress.