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• Microsoft Vista Home Networking Setup and Options
The most daunting part of upgrading to Windows Vista may be trying to figure out where in the layers of menus the networking and file-sharing options are hidden.

• Do It Yourself: Roll Your Own Network Cables
It may not be something you do everyday, but having the supplies and know-how to whip up a network cable on the spot can be very handy.

• Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router and by extension, your network is as secure as possible.

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• Microsoft Windows Home Server
If you have a home network, you'll welcome the easy file sharing, remote access and the image-based backup features of Windows Home Server.

• Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive
Iomega's fourth generation StorCenter Network Hard Drive brings many of the features found in higher-end storage devices down to an attractive price.

• MikroTik's The Dude
This free tool delivers many of the same capabilities that you'd find in pricey network monitoring tools. As long as you don't mind tinkering, The Dude is a decent network utility that should be worth the download.

  Friday, January 31, 2003

Wireless is wireless, right? Anyone with a Wi-Fi laptop and a cellular phone can tell you that's not the case. This article from 802.11 Planet discusses the differences between Wi-Fi and third generation (3G), technically and business wise, while experts answer the question of which is truly superior.

Why build your own 802.1X authentication client? Meetinghouse, makers of the AEGIS client/server products, is selling the AEGIS API suite to those who want to integrate 802.1X themselves. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

  Thursday, January 30, 2003

Watch for multi-mode WLAN to penetrate the notebook market over the next few months. The Atheros multi-mode WLAN chipset is already being packaged in several new IBM ThinkPad, NEC, and Toshiba models, and HP is expected to offer tri-mode (802.11a/b/g) technology from Atheros shortly. Notebooks with the new multi-mode WLAN chipsets allow you to seamlessly connect to any IEEE802.11 network based on the 802.11a (5-Ghz band), 802.11g (2.4-GHz draft standard), or 802.11b (2.4-GHz band) standards.

Birdstep Technology's new Intelligent Mobile IP software is another intriguing leading edge technology. The Intelligent Mobile IP client enables secure and continuous connectivity of a mobile device through any network available -- regardless of whether it's a wired connection such as DSL or Ethernet, or a wireless one such as wireless LAN (WLAN), Bluetooth or GSM/GPRS cellular systems. Users of the software will be able to seamlessly connect and re-connect across different types of infrastructures without application downtime or user intervention.

And finally, a leap of faith that companies can not only sell wireless Internet access, but make money with it, is part of the foundation under Cometa, which plans to provide wholesale Wi-Fi access. Read more about it at

  Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Bell Canada is converting existing payphones into instant hotspots in a new pilot program. Is it the latest craze in creating public access Wi-Fi or a flash in the wireless pan? Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

With the imminent arrival of laptops using its Centrino chipset (formerly "Banias"), Intel has decided make a marketing push to promote Wi-Fi awareness with public Internet access provider Wayport. The full story is available at 802.11 Planet.

AirWave's centralized control software for WLANs now supports most enterprise access points and has added automated rogue detection to its list of features. Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.

  Monday, January 27, 2003

Navini and Pronto are pushing a new all-wireless first-mile solution for hotspot network operators. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

ZyXEL Communications late last week announced the North American launch of its ZyAIR family of 802.11b Wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions, including a wireless gateway with 4-port 10/100Mbps switch, access point (AP), PC Card, PCI Card, USB adapter and Ethernet adapter. Using Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) services, the ZyAir product line is the first in its class to feature 802.1x authentication.

  Thursday, January 23, 2003

Cox Communications is among the first cable high-speed Internet providers to recommend and offer broadband routers for sharing a cable Internet connection among multiple computers in the home. Cox will be using Linksys home networking products in the deployment of its Home Networking from Cox service for High Speed Internet customers in markets across the country.

GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner 3.1 is now available from GFI. The tool scans entire networks for vulnerabilities, giving administrators -- be they enterprise gurus or the in-house "techie" -- a hacker's eye view of their network, identifying chinks in the armor before they can be exploited.

Research firm Parks Associates documents a strong market trend among U.S. Internet-enabled homes toward networking PCs with home electronics equipment. Read more about it at Silicon Valley News.

  Wednesday, January 22, 2003

The newer wireless LAN security mechanisms are getting away from static WEP and becoming more flexible. Learn about public key cryptography as a basis for understanding the newer standards such as Wi-Fi Protected Access and 802.11i in this news story from 802.11 Planet.

Gracebyte Software has released version 3.1 of its all-in-one real-time local network communication solution. The $25 Network Assistant is a powerful local network chat and file transfer utility that allows users on SOHO networks to communicate freely without using Internet servers or any additional software.

Allied Telesyn, Inc. has unveiled its most powerful switch solution, the SB4000 series of modular, multi-layer Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet switches. Available in a four or eight slot chassis configuration with a number of customizable modules, these switches are designed for deployment in very large, distributed networks or for future-proofing smaller networks.

  Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Aruba Wireless Networks recently announced "major advancements in Wi-Fi switching technology" that let corporations, for the first time, lock the air against intruders; enable high-speed mobile firewalls that follow users; and construct self-calibrating Wi-Fi networks. Aruba's new Wi-Fi switching system is the first to combine wireless network access and sophisticated air monitoring with high-speed Gigabit Ethernet switching and higher-layer packet processing technologies. Read more about the advances at 802.11 Planet.

AirMagnet, Inc., has released the AirMagnet Duo Wireless Laptop Analyzer, a tool that allows users the ability to manage, assess, troubleshoot and secure 802.11a and 802.11b wireless networks simultaneously. The AirMagnet Duo displays the entire 802.11 environment (all 14 channels in 802.11b and 12 channels in 802.11a) within a single screen, allowing you to monitor all real-time statistics and alarms within the entire Wi-Fi spectrum as well detect APs in use in 'unauthorized' channels.

U.S. Robotics has selected Jungo's OpenRG residential gateway software to provide the core software infrastructure for a new range of networking products. OpenRG is a suite of software technologies that includes an operating system, drivers, remote management capabilities and applications, which enrich and simplify networking for both broadband users and service providers.

  Friday, January 17, 2003

The Wi-Fi Alliance yesterday announced that the first round of 5 GHz IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.11a-based products has passed the Wi-Fi interoperability certification testing. The following products are now Wi-Fi Certified: Atheros AR5001X CardBus Reference Design Board (AR5BCB-00022A), Atheros AR5001AP Reference Design Access Point (Model AR5BAP-00021A), Cisco Aironet 1200 Series Access Point (Model AIR-AP1220A), Cisco Aironet 5GHz WLAN Adapter (Model AIR-CB20A), Intel PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN CardBus Adapter (Model WCB 5000), Intermec MobileLAN Access Point (Model 2106), Intersil Indigo Station Card (Model ISL 37703C), and Proxim ORiNOCO 5GHz Kit with the AP-2000 Access Point. Read more about the newly certified products at 802.11 Planet.

In a recent report from Government Computer News, NetGear Inc.'s NetGear 802.11a HE102 wireless access point took the Reviewer's Choice designation for some of the fastest wireless transfer rates the lab has ever recorded, as well as having the longest reach in the review (80 feet). The HE102 system was also noted for being the most affordable in the review, at $233 per access point and $40 per PC Card.

Senators George Allen (R.-Va.) and Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.) introduced legislation Tuesday night to promote a wireless approach to broadband deployment. Known as the Jumpstart Broadband Act, the bill calls for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allocate not less than 255 megahertz of contiguous spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band for unlicensed use by wireless broadband devices. Read more about the bill at 802.11 Planet.

  Wednesday, January 15, 2003

The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas turned out to be a hotbed for product announcements in the high-speed world of the 2.4GHz 802.11g draft standard. Read more about the new products at 802.11 Planet.

Flash data storage provider SanDisk is joining the world of 802.11b networking with a twist. In its new wireless network interface cards, the Connect line, some will include Flash memory along with connectivity. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

  Monday, January 13, 2003

D-Link will be making available later this month its AirPlus Xtreme G 802.11g product line that recently demoed at CES. The 802.11g product line will include the D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 Wireless Router with 4-Port Switch and the AirPlus Xtreme G DWL-G650 Wireless CardBus Adapter. Other demonstrations at D-Link's booth included the company's newest Internet Camera, the DCS-2000; the i2eye DVC-1000 VideoPhone; and a complete Voice over IP (VoIP) solution, including both Internet gateways and standalone IP-enabled handsets.

NETGEAR also displayed at CES its new 54Mbps/2.4GHz wireless product line based on the 802.11g draft specification. The complete 54Mbps/2.4GHz line includes the WG511 Wireless PC Card, WG602 Wireless Access Point, and WGR614 Wireless Router.

CNET and ZDNet recently awarded the NETGEAR 802.11b Cable/DSL Wireless Router with Editors' Choice Awards, citing its affordability and ease of use, particularly for the novice user. This completes a sweep of awards for the recently launched router, as it also received an International CES Innovation award and has been selected as one of Computer Shopper Magazine's Best 100 Products of 2002. Finally, the wireless router has also been named "Best Wireless Router" for the year in CNET's listing of Top 100 Products of 2002, partnering with NETGEAR's 4-Port Cable/DSL Web Safe Router with 10/100 Mbps Switch (RP614), which earned recognition as the "Best Gateway for Sharing Broadband."

Thursday, January 9, 2003

D-Link will be announcing today the availability of its i2eye DVC-1000 VideoPhone, a breakthrough broadband appliance that delivers IP videoconferencing capability for communicating face to face, coast to coast or next door. The $299 i2eye connects directly to a standard television and broadband connection to stream video-enabled phone calls at up to 30 frames per second.

Hawking Technologies has an announcement of its own for today -- new Gigabit networking switches and a new Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC) that "break the pricing barrier to the next generation of networking technology--Gigabit networking." The release of Hawking's 4- and 8-port Gigabit Switches as well as its 32-bit PCI Network Card offer full 10/100/1000M auto-sensing ports and perform at the same speed and throughput as more expensive brands that retail at up to $1,000.00. Estimated street pricing for the Hawking 4-port switch is $99.00, $199 for the 8-port switch, and $29 for the 32-bit PCI Network Card.

Phonex has unveiled a new powerline chip at the CES trade show which uses powerline technology to connect every type of electronic device in the home with streaming audio, Internet video, and home automation control. ReadyWire will be able to broadcast near CD quality audio signal to 250 Devices and can handle up to 15 separate simultaneous near CD quality audio channels.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Efficient Networks Inc. is now offering the industry's first powerline routers to be certified by the Homeplug Powerline Alliance. The new routers include the SpeedStream 2524 Powerline Wireless Router that combines powerline, wireless and switched Ethernet technologies, as well as the SpeedStream 2510 Powerline Router which provides both powerline and switched Ethernet connectivity. Both routers are compatible with all of Efficient Networks' previously released network adapters including the Ethernet, USB and 802.11b wireless powerline adapters.

Actiontek Electronics has released the Actiontec USB/Ethernet Home DSL Modem with Routing Capabilities, a cost-effective DSL modem solution for Local Exchange Carriers and Internet Service Providers that also allows end users to connect two PCs to form a home network. The product enables DSL service providers to add value by enabling subscribers to share high-speed Internet access without purchasing two DSL accounts or investing in a separate router.

IBM and networking giant Cisco yesterday announced that they have extended their relationship to bring open storage networking products to enterprise customers. From a bird's eye view, the agreement leverages the more than three-year-old strategic alliance between IBM and San Jose's Cisco, and allows Big Blue to deliver the freshest open storage networking products available from Cisco to customers looking to reduce cost and increase quality of service for computing environments with heavy data storage and distribution requirements. Read more about it at InternetNews.

Thursday, January 2, 2003

Intersil says it will be shipping a software upgrade for products based on its PRISM 802.11 chipsets so they can support Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). WPA is the new wireless encryption security standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance that is an interim replacement for the notoriously crackable Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption that's currently standard with 802.11 networks... eventually security on 802.11 networks will be handled by the 802.11i standard, which won't be finalized for months.

Buffalo Technology is the first to wireless networking products based on the draft of the 802.11g specification. 802.11g will provide speeds of 54Mbps (like 802.11a) but resides on the 2.4GHz radio band (like 802.11b), and is thus backwards compatible with 802.11b. The products include the $199 AirStation G54 Broadband Router Access Point (AP) (model WBR-G54) and the $99 wireless CardBus Adapter (model WLI-CB-G54). Read more about them at 802.11 Planet.

Additional companies have cropped up to help 160,000 soon-to-be-left-behind DirecTV DSL customers cope as they lose their broadband: Verizon is helping transition 27,000 customers to Verizon DSL; SBC will take about 70,000. Read more about it at InternetNews. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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