Wednesday, 30 January 2002
Cahners In-Stat/MDR sees new life coming in the powerline
home networking market when the HomePlug standard arrives.
They expect the market to go from $18 million in 2001 to $190
million in 2002, and potentially as high as $706 million by 2006.
In-Stat/MDR considers HomePlug's advantages over HomePNA (phoneline)
to include more outlets than phone jacks in homes and more HomePlug
bridging/routing products for Internet connection sharing than
HomePNA initially had. Order the report, "Power to the
People: What HomePlug Means to Home Networking" at AllNetResearch.com
If you're seeking extra privacy protection while surfing, HP
Pavilion PCs are now shipping with privacy and security tools
including anti-virus, password management, ad blocker, cookie
manager, and a personal firewall. Some components may require
The router market was worth $7.9 billion in 2001; according to
a report from Dell'Oro Group,
that will increase to $11.4 billion by 2006. The growth will reflect
a shift to higher bandwidth routers and the growing switch by
service providers to routers capable of 10Gbps or higher bandwidth.
Small business up to enterprises customers of BellSouth's
FastAccess DSL will be
offered the SonicWALL SOHO3 for firewall/anti-virus/content
filtering as part of a new deal between the two companies. No
pricing information was provided. Customers interested can get
information at 888-321-2DSL.
Companies looking to develop products for HomePNA 2.0 should
look at Tality Corp.'s
HomePNA Intellectual Property portfolio.
Tuesday, 29 January 2002
Netgear and SONICblue
are teaming in a marketing alliance to push home networking products
from the two companies. Their products include the network-enabled
Replay TV 4000 digital video recorder from SONICblue and the cable/DSL
gateway router line from Netgear, which provide Internet sharing
to not only PCs but also SONICblue devices. The two companies
will "provide complementary technologies, solutions and products"
to each other in the future.
Intersil has announced it will bring to market a reference
design and production chip sets supporting the 802.11g Draft Standard.
Read about it at 80211
Monday, 28 January 2002
According to Parks
2001 study of 711 homes with Internet access, households
with broadband connections are more interested in online security
than those with dial-up. They rated interest in having a firewall
at 4.7 out of 7 compared to 4.1 for dial-up users. The same research
shows, no little surprise, that broadband users are also more
interested in having a home server -- at a rating of 4.1 out of
7 -- and a home network -- at 2.7 out of 7.
Friday, 25 January 2002
3Com has announced new Wireless 802.11b LAN products for
businesses at a conference in Las Vegas, including three access
points, a building-to-building bridge, and several 802.11a products
are expected later in 2002. Get details at 80211
Thursday, 24 January 2002
Broadcom is entering the 802.11b chip set arena with a
two chip package including a radio chip and a family of processing
chips. Silicon maker Marvell is also getting into the game.
Both claim to have all-CMOS techniques of fabrication. Get the
details at 80211
Tuesday, 22 January 2002
newest super-small (.5 inch thick), super-light (2.6 lbs) notebook
computer, the Portege 2000, has integrated Wi-Fi. It costs $2199.
Friday, 18 January 2002
AT&T Broadband will be offering Linksys products
(wireless 802.11b as well as wired Ethernet) to its cable modem
users for sharing the Internet connection. An additional fee of
$4.95 per month per extra computer on the modem will net each
PC its own IP address. Expected prices though AT&T Broandband
for a wireless home network are under $350; products are being
sold through an AT&T Broadband store at Computers4Sure.com.
Proxim is merging
with Western Multiplex,
a company that makes wireless products that connects buildings.
The new company will keep the Proxim name.
Wednesday, 16 January 2002
has announced their latest product, the NetPassage 16 wireless-ready
broadband router with 4-port 10/100Mbps switch built in. To use
as a wireless gateway to the Internet and access point to the
wired network, you insert an 802.11b PC Card. Compex is touting
the product's "Pseudo-VLAN" for isolating wireless client
systems to enhance data security. In addition to broadband support,
there is a serial port for modem backup. The NP16 will cost an
estimated $104 street; bundled with a Compex Wireless PC Card
it will be $165 street price.
Tuesday, 15 January 2002
Magis Networks will be providing the Magis Air5 chip for
new upcoming Motorola audio/visual products. Air5 supports
802.11a, HiperLAN2, and IEEE 1394. Get details at 80211
Cirrus Logic has released a reference design called Wirelss
Spigot that will be used to rapidly develop wireless Whitecap2
802.11b consumer devices. Read more at 80211
Monday, 14 January 2002
The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA)
announced last week that since March of 2000, 232 products from
60 companies have been certified at Wi-Fi compliant. There are
now 140 member companies, 16 of which just joined including Acer,
Seiko Epson Corp., Ricoh, and Yamaha. You can find the complete
list of member companies and Wi-Fi
certified products on the WECA
A report from the eWEEK
Magazine Labs is showing new 802.11a (Wi-Fi5) products as
being five times faster (average throughput of 28Mbps) than current
ZyXEL Communications has released three new ZyWALL
firewall routers: ZyWALL 1, ZyWALL 50, and ZyWALL 100, each with
the corresponding number of IPSec VPN tunnels. The built in firewall
functions include content filtering, stateful packet inspection
and DoS attack prevention. The ZyWALL 100 adds a DMZ port to make
one system public and has a RS-232 serial port for a modem backup.
Thursday, 10 January 2002
Whither Whitecap? Panasonic
has announced two new Home Gateway routers. The KW-HGW150 and
KX-HGW600 are both 4-port hubs (with NAT firewall, IPSec passthru,
PPTP support, port forwarding, PPPoE support, and DMZ to name
a few features), but the latter is also a Wi-Fi access point.
They are also selling Wi-Fi adapters: a PC Card, USB adapter,
and a camera. The KX-HGW600 will be available in May 2002, with
other product releases to be determined.
Broadband Communications Sector is introducing a wireless
digital audio receiver, developed with SimpleDevices, that lets
users wirelessly stream digital audio to their stereo systems
via HomeRF. When it will come out and how much it will cost has
not been announced.
Wednesday, 9 January 2002
Epson is now shipping the
Stylus C80WN wireless desktop ink-jet printer. This is a $399
version of the 4-color Stylus C80 with an 802.11b print server.
Users can print though an access point or directly from Macs or
Windows PCs with a Wi-Fi adapter. [NOTE: Print server is not built
it, as pointed out by reader Robert Immel.]
WLAN semiconductor company RF
Solutions has joined the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility
Alliance (WECA). They company
plans to deliver WiFLEX, its combo transceiver for Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi5
products, early next year.
Proxim has introduced
some Macintosh specific wireless product at the Macworld Expo
this week. The Skyline 802.11b USB Adapter for Mac is a simple
solution for Macs without Airport capability, and will cost $149.
The Symphony HomeRF product line is getting a Mac user interface
available free on the Proxim.com
site in February. Look for Mac drivers for Proxim's 802.11a products
in the spring. Catch details at 80211
Tuesday, 8 January 2002
Not to be trumped by StarBand's news (below),
Hughes Network Systems announced that its DirecWay
broadband satellite service has passed 100,000 subscribers.
two new Wireless Cable/DSL Routers at CES. Differing only in the
number of 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports, these new routers both support
up to 35 users simultaneously accessing the Internet, VPN pass-through,
DHCP client/server, and each has a USB port for easily connecting
one PC. There's also a PC Card slot in each for future expansion.
The 4-port version is $199.99 and the 1 port version is $149.99.
Fullplay Media Systems
is showcasing its Fullplay Muse Media Center at CES this week.
The Muse combines elements of a CD and DVD player, digital image
viewer, and PC, playing music and video to any PC in the home
via HomePlug, Ethernet, or USB connection. It features Dolby 5.1
surround sound, a 40GB to 320GB hard drive for storage, and a
248x64 pixel LCD readout.
Monday, 7 January 2002
D-Link is showing a
number of networking items at CES this week, not the least of
which are the first D-Link AirPro 802.11a Enterprise Wireless
products. One very cool device: the $399 DCS-1000 network-enabled
video camera for digital video streaming. The camera has one RJ-45
port to connect it via Cat5 cable to a router. Then any PC on
the network can view the video stream by browsing to the camera's
LinCom Wireless, a
fabless semiconductor making wireless chipsets, has announced
that its ComboLink family of WLAN chips will be dual-mode to support
both 802.11b and 802.11a networks. While geared toward NICs, the
chips will work with access points.
A demo by Zandiant Technologies at CES is showing an in-vehicle
MP3 player that gets music titles via 802.11. Get details at 80211
at CES the Voice Data Gateway (VDG) with 2.4GHz HomeRF technology.
It uses both broadband (cable/DSL) or standard 56K data modem
connections into one unit for sharing data and voice transmission
to various devices, including up to eight cordless handsets, or
USB or PC Card adapters attached to PCs.. The VDG lets users access
services from as far away as 150 feet indoors or 300 feet outdoors.
reports that it installed high-speed, two-way satellite-based
Internet access for over 40,000 subscribers in 2001 throughout
all 50 of the United States.
Intersil's PRISM 2.5 chipset
is integrated into Z-Com's
LANEscape XI-825, reportedly the first Wi-Fi certified Compact
Flash Type II card for personal digital assistants (though other
cards are out including the D-Link
Wireless Compact Flash Type II Card. The LANEscape
provides 64-bit or 128-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption
and supports Windows CE 3.0, Pocket PC 2002 PDAs. It also works
with Windows 95, 98, ME, and 2000, but you'll need a CF-to-PCMCIA
adapter to plug it into a notebook. Get details at 80211
Cahners In-Stat/MDR has a new
report out called The Connected Couch Potato that finds
HomeRF continuing to lose market share (down from 45% to 30% in
2001) to 802.11b networks as desire for wireless home networks
picks up. Consumers like the prices ($150-200 for an access point,
$100 or less for PC Card adapters). The total market for wireless
home LANs in 2001 was $4 million worldwide, with 70% of the market
going to Wi-Fi-based purchases. You can purchase the report at
is showing new Home Powerline networking solutions for Hi-Fi audio
sharing as well as data sharing over AC power lines at the Consumer
Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
MP3 server software is also on display at CES. With it consumers
can download, upload and stream MP3s to Windows and PocketPC devices.
2nR-Musiker supports just about every wired and wireless network,
including Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi5, Bluetooth, IrDA, HomePNA, HomePlug, and,
of course, Ethernet.
Thursday, 3 January 2002
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, Texas
Instruments will be showing new IEEE-1394b communications
technology. 1394b features 800 Mbps speed over Category 5 cable
(or over fiber) up to a distance of 100 meters. By contrast, the
existing 1394a handled sustained distances of 4.5 meters over
copper. Devices using 1394b for digital home entertainment are
expected sometime in the second half of 2002.2
Wednesday, 2 January 2002
Hewlett Packard's 802.11b Products have shipped: they
include notebook PCs and a suite of home LAN products. Get the
details at 80211
Linksys has announced
a new IPSec VPN Router, the EtherFast Cable/DSL VPN Router with
4-port Switch (BEFVP41). The $179 MSRP unit will allow up to 70
VPN tunnels for remote access.