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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.

WildPacket's 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

D-Link 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

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.

Fujitsu's LifeBook 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 Planet.

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 MSRP.

Symantec 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 Planet.

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 16, 2002.

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 Store.

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 Planet.

Friday, 1 February 2002

Bachmann Software & 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.

WildPackets has released AiroPeek 1.1.1, a new Windows XP version of their 802.11 wireless LAN analyzer. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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