Thursday, 28 February 2002
University of Maryland researchers in the school's Department
of Computer Science have published a paper entitled "An
Initial Security Analysis of the IEEE 802.1X Standard"
outlinyeahing problems with 802.1x wireless security, including
one hole that allows connection hijacking.
Galtronic's Pear Wireless
division has received Wi-Fi certification from the Wireless Ethernet
Compatibility Alliance (WECA) for its Series 100 Access Point
PCB Module, which powers the company's four different 802.11b
access points for desktop, ceiling mount, wall mount, and the
Flexpoint Access Point.
AiroPeek and AiroPeek NX wireless LAN analyzers will be getting
support for 802.11a WLAN products based on the Atheros chip set,
due to a new cooperative agreement between the companies.
America Online has launched
high speed broadband in Indianapolis over the Time Warner Cable
system. The cost will be $54.95 per month, which also includes
dial-up to AOL if needed or $44.95 without dial-up.
Wednesday, 27 February 2002
is offering a Secure Link Lifetime Warranty for free with purchase
of any D-Link DES or DGS series switch, a $900 savings in support
costs. The offer is only good until March 31, 2002. Details on
all the switches eligible and finding resellers are at www.dlink.com/offer0202.
The WLAN market continues to impress even in the depressed economy:
By the end of the fourth quarter, the market for 802.11b products
grew 14% overall (20% for the home market), according to In-Stat/MDR.
However, the price drops in NICs and access points lead to negative
revenue growth. They expect the trend of market growth and revenue
drops to continue throughout 2002. Synergy
Research Corp. reports similar numbers: the WLAN market
increased 12% in the fourth quarter according to their analysis.
They report a 25% increase in home and SOHO WLAN products.
This week Intel announced
new Gigabit Ethernet controller chips for network adapters to
go in servers, workstations, and for copper-based networks. The
chips will be available later this year.
Tuesday, 26 February 2002
Jungo Software Technologies annoucned it's OpenRG
residential gateway software to speed development of gateways,
bridges and routers based on Intel's IXP225
DSL Reference Platform.
P Series of ultra-compact notebooks will now come with integrated
Wi-Fi LAN capabilities.
Monday, 25 February 2002
Intersil is giving
the first public demonstration of its PRISM Indigo 5GHz 802.11a
chips this week at the Wireless Systems 2002 Design Conference
and Expo in San Jose, CA. They'll use it for wireless transmission
of video and audio.
Tuesday, 19 February 2002
The Wireless LAN Association has officially endorsed a WLAN
Administrator certification called the Certified Wireless Network
Administrator (CWNA), with other certifications to follow for
security and integration. Get details at 80211
D-Link has announced
its 802.11b-based DWL-900AP combination bridge and access point.
It works as a standard access point or a 900-foot point-to-point
bridge, even as a point-to-multipoint bridge. It can create a
WLAN infrastructure in access point mode. The unit will have full
MAC Authentication and WEP security, and can be configured via
an integrated USB port or RJ-45 Ethernet Jack. It will cost $179.99
announced Symantec Gateway Security appliances that include firewall,
antivirus, intrusion detection, VPN and content filters. There
will be three models, from a 50-node up to a unlimited-user license.
Broadband is booming: eMarketer
says 9.6 million high speed Internet connections were in place
by June of 2001, and increase of 250% from August 2000. 7.8 million
were for small business or residential customers, with 5 million
cable, 2.5 million DSL, 180,000 fixed wireless or satellite, and
the rest being fiber.
A system will be unveils this week by Performance Technologies,
Transat and t-net to provide seamless roaming between 802.11 WLANs
and GSM wireless networks. Get details at 80211
Sony is joining
the Wireless LAN market with a VAIO 802.11a PC Card (PCWA-C500
for $180) and access point (PCWA-A500 for $400). Sony has also
put integrated 802.11b capabilities into two new SuperSlim Pro
VAIO R505 notebooks.
Major ISP Earthlink
is offering its wired Earthlink Home Networking gateway hardware
for sharing a DSL connection free (via a $50 price drop and a
$99.95 rebate) through March 31, 2002. The Home Networking service
still costs $9.95 per month for unlimited support. A wireless
gateway is also available for $150 after the $99.95 rebate.
The worldwide Wireless LAN market (both 802.11b and a) grew 21%
in the fourth quarter of 2001. SOHO vendors drove the bulk of
growth, according to Dell'Oro
Group's Quarterly Ethernet Switch Report. They expect
802.11b to continue as the big winner in 2002.
Actiontec has announced
Windows XP support for it's entire line of 802.11b products.
Friday, 8 February 2002
D-Link has introduced the $449 DCS-1000W
Wireless Internet Camera. Using a built in Web and e-mail
server with 802.11b or Ethernet, the camera could be accessed
from anywhere world wide for broadcast or security purposes. The
camera can shoot up to 20 frames per second at 640x480 resolution,
and can be set to stream video.
Thursday, 7 February 2002
Research firm Analysys
has a report out that says while most American's today still access
the Web through a cable or telephone line, by 2007 the public
use of wireless LANs will top 21 million users, compared to only
600,000 users for this year.
If you want wireless Internet access on your next plane ride,
try flying AirTrans Airways.
If you purchase an Airpath
Wireless card from them for $79 at the gate, you can surf
while you fly. Existing Airpath customers in other venues can
sign up for the service using their existing equipment.
Wednesday, 6 February 2002
DSL provider Covad Communications has introduced two new
products for small to medium-sized businesses, the TeleDefend
Firewall and TeleDefend VPN/Firewall. Ordering and installation
are free for current Covad business customers. Both are monitored
and supported 24/7 by Covad's Security Operations Center for $150
per month and $175 per month, respectively. Get more information
on the program at Covad's
Security Solutions page.
Tuesday, 5 February 2002
Compex has a new promotion: it will include a Compex WL11
wireless LAN card with each NetPassage 16 wireless gateway/access
point sold for $159.95. For more on the NP16 with pseudo-VLAN,
see the news for January
RADIUS solutions developer Funk
Software has introduced Odyssey, 802.1x security client
and server software for access to WLANs. A user's credentials
are tunneled during authentication negotiation to hide them from
eavesdropping. The software supports multiple EAP authentication
types, including the EAP-TLS method for 802.1x security included
with Windows XP, as well as the EAP-TTLS method. The software
is currently in beta; the cost will be $2500 for the server and
25 client licenses.
Netgear is making its first 802.11a products available
exclusively via eBay auctions before they go on sale at retail.
The auctions end February 8, 2002. To find the auctions, view
the eBay Netgear
Monday, 4 February 2002
Symantec has announced
Enterprise Firewall 7.0 and Enterprise VPN 7.0 software for Windows
2000/NT and Solaris servers. Both have enhanced speed and management
according to the company.
Netgear announced its 802.11a PC Card and access point
are shipping today; its wireless cable/DSL router and PCI adapter
card will be out in the second quarter. Get more details at 80211
Friday, 1 February 2002
& Services has released PrintBoy CE, software that
will let PocketPC users print data wirelessly. The $39 application
supports Pocket Word, Excel and Inbox e-mail printing via infrared,
Bluetooth, and 802.11b.
has released AiroPeek 1.1.1, a new Windows XP version of their
802.11 wireless LAN analyzer.