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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Thursday, February 27, 2003
Broadcom, one of the first companies to supply wireless LAN chip sets based on the draft of the 802.11g specification, has announced a software upgrade that will bring products based on chips using 54g -- Broadcom's name for its implementation of 802.11g -- in line with specifications of the latest version of the actual 11g draft (version 6.1) from the IEEE. In theory, this latest upgrade to the 6.1 version of the draft specification should improve performance and interoperability. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
The installation of a wireless LAN may seem simple because of the lack of wires, but there are important differences you need to consider as compared to wired networks. Learn what steps are critical when installing wireless LAN distribution systems and access points in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.
Building on its wireless strategy, Intel has inked a deal with Etenna Corp to create next generation antennas for wireless notebook computers. The partnership will give original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) reference designs to incorporate 802.11a/b and Bluetooth antennas into their future products. Additional details are available at internetnews.com.
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
SMC Networks has chosen Intersil's PRISM GT Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) chipset for its new 802.11g wireless networking products, which will begin shipping in March. The product line will include the Barricade(TM) G 2.4GHz 54Mbps Wireless Cable/DSL Broadband Router ($139.99 MSRP), the EZ Connect(TM) G 2.4GHz 54Mbps Wireless PCI Card ($89.99), and the EZ Connect(TM) G 2.4GHz 54Mbps Wireless CardBus Adapter ($79.99).
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is now making available its market requirements document (MRD) for the HomePlug AV specification. HomePlug AV will be designed to support distribution of data and multi-stream entertainment throughout the home, including High Definition television (HDTV) and Standard Definition television (SDTV). "The ultimate goal of HomePlug AV is to provide affordable whole house distribution of high quality video making your existing power outlets the network of choice for home entertainment," said Tom Reed, president, HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
When finalized, the HomePlug AV specification will be used to design integrated circuits which will connect a variety of PC and home entertainment devices including satellite and cable set top boxes, personal video recorders, and flat panel monitors.
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
NETGEAR will integrate Atheros' 802.11a/b/g WLAN chipset into its next-generation wireless networking products. The new 802.11a/b/g Dual-Band Tri-Mode product line is designed to provide business-class wireless users universal compatibility at the highest speeds. A Dual-Band 802.11a/g PC Card is scheduled to ship in March 2003.
The industry consortium that tests for interoperability between 802.11 products has established its time table for certifying products based on the soon-to-be-finalized 2.4GHz 802.11g specification. The details are available at 802.11 Planet.
Marvell is the latest chip maker to announce a first generation of 802.11g products, claiming its silicon based on the latest draft specification will make for easier-to-use and faster wireless products. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Monday, February 24, 2003
Where in the World is Wi-Fi? The answer: Everywhere. The latest report from Synergy Research on market share of 802.11 equipment around the globe shows the winners and losers and the overall growth. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Intel this past week served up a taste of its digital future with several announcements focused on client products, technologies, and initiatives. One iniative, the Intel Communications Fund, has already invested $25 million in more than 15 wireless networking companies in order to help accelerate wireless network deployment worldwide. Intel also is working with hotel chains, telecommunications service providers and retail outlets and conducting extensive verification of public Wi-Fi network access points, commonly called hotspots, for use with Intel Centrino mobile technology, which will debut March 12. Intel expects several thousand hotspots will be verified by year-end.
In related news, Cisco Systems today announced it will share key technology at no cost with chipmakers and computer companies to help drive the use of wireless networks within corporations. Cisco will license software designed to improve the security and range of wireless networks that use Wi-Fi technology in an attempt to ease security concerns in corporations that have been slow to adopt the technology. 802.11 Planet has additional details on this breaking news story.
Friday, February 21, 2003
Three new network-specific processors from Intel are being released to address the needs of many wired and wireless applications for the home, small office/home office (SOHO) and small- to medium-enterprise (SME) market segments. The new Intel IXP4XX XScale product line provides developers with a choice of integrated data, voice and security features to meet the requirements of high-performance, cost-sensitive applications.
The Intel XScale line will include the IXP422 network processor, which is designed for residential gateways, wireless access points and SME routers and switches, including support for cryptography; the IXP421 network processor, which enables data plus Voice over IP (VoIP) applications; and the IXP420 network processor, which is optimized for broadband access applications such as home gateways and SOHO routers used with external modems.
At the same time, Linksys announced that it will be incorporating the new Intel IXP422 network processor into a line of Linksys wireless access points. The new line of access points is expected to enable higher performance, integrated cryptography for security and the use of a PCI bus for flexibility to integrate 802.11b, 802.11g or dual-band A+G. Linksys will announce other features, product specifics and pricing in Q2, 2003 when the products are available.
Thursday, February 20, 2003
It might seem a little late to come to the Wi-Fi party with 802.11a products -- and might seem like a waste of time now that the 2.4GHz 802.11g is here -- but a number of companies have made recent announcements committing to a world of low-interference, high-speed Wi-Fi on the 11a side. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Proxim's point-to-multipoint Tsunami MP.11 will use souped-up 802.11b to provide connections to businesses and homes at distances up to 10 miles with speeds of 5.4Mbps. Get the full details at 802.11 Planet.
In-Stat/MDR is reporting that home networking ownership has jumped to account for 10% of US households in 2002, up from 8% in 2001, and is beginning to move away from the early adopter market to mainstream adopters, or mass market. As consumer electronics vendors and home networking companies continue to release entertainment-networking devices, such as HP's media receiver and Linksys's media adapter, demand for home networks is expected to soar, the report contends.
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
D-Link has released the DWL-800AP+ AirPlus 22Mbps Wireless Range Extender, an access point/repeater that extends the range of enhanced 802.11b+ wireless networks by up to 50%. The AirPlus DWL-800AP+ is available now and is priced at an MSRP of $99.
Wireless LAN routers have definite advantages over access points when connecting multiple devices to a broadband network. Learn what routers do and how to configure them in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.
SMC Networks is the latest company to announce SOHO products that will use the faster and backwards-compatible 802.11g Wi-Fi standard.
Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
While there are still hurdles before the expected final approval of the 802.11g specification in the summer, 802.11g has been approved by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 Working Group. The group, however, carefully cautions against any early 11g products that ship based on the draft of the standard. Read on about it at 802.11 Plannet.
Linksys recently launched a new line of unmanaged gigabit switches, the Linksys EtherFast EF3508 8-Port Gigabit Switch ($419.99) and the EtherFast
EF3512 12-Port Gigabit Switch ($859.99), offering wider variety of applications and devices and support for address learning and aging, 802.3x flow control and head-of-line blocking prevention.
Clarinet Systems thinks it has the answer for many PDA users left high and dry by a tidal wave of Wi-Fi connectivity. The Fremont, CA-based wireless developer is touting a new product allowing PDA users without a Wi-Fi card to access 802.11b networks using their handheld device's built-in infrared (IR) port. Find out more at 802.11 Planet.
Friday, February 14, 2003
Motorola, Avaya, and Proxim have announced they are jointly developing a solution to provide seamless roaming between cellular wide area and Wi-Fi local area networks. What impact will Motorola, Avaya and Proxim have on the fledgling cellular/Wi-Fi roaming space? Find out at 802.11 Planet.
Rockford Corporation is partnering with D-Link to develop and bring to market a series of Omnifi-compatible networking products and solutions. The Omnifi devices eliminate the need to burn CDs to listen to digital music in the car, and give consumers the ability to download and transfer music and programs from the internet to the PC hard drive and from the PC to the consumer's car and home stereo systems. Among the list of solutions being developed is a USB radio that can be installed in the car or anywhere in the house, allowing easy and convenient wireless access to music and media content through an 802.11b transmission.
Thursday, February 13, 2003
Wi-Fi adoption in business owes a lot to increased security, but the standardization of authentication could threaten the future of the companies that make your current wireless network safe. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
As analysts look at the year 2002, they reveal that most of the companies that supply wireless LAN products had continued success as the market for 802.11 products grew. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
2002 proved to be a stellar year for Wireless LAN volume growth, driven by the increasingly cheap and reliable 802.11b technology, and 2003 is shaping up to be even stronger, according to In-Stat/MDR. "In the year ahead, the continued growth and evolution of dual-mode 2.4/5GHz capable equipment, Intel's ability to push outs its Centrino mobile technology, the shift toward 802.11g as the preferred 2.4 GHz WLAN technology, and the advent of new enterprise infrastructure technology, will all shape the development of this market," says Gemma Paulo, a Senior Analyst with In-Stat/MDR.
Proxim's Tsunami line of outdoor point-to-multipoint wireless products used by ISPs, campuses, and enterprises is getting a price cut. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
More than a year after the service was introduced, companies with mobile workers are finally starting to embrace the Wi-Fi technology that's
available in some coffee shops, book stores and other public places. Read more about it at Datamation.
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
In a continued push of new products, Proxim Corporation this week unveiled its latest additions to the ORiNOCO line of wireless LAN products. The ORiNOCO product line adds a new series of access points for small to medium sized businesses that support 802.11b, g, and a, as well as its first 802.11g client product. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Monday, February 10, 2003
Sniffer Technologies, a division of Network Associates, has launched its InfiniStream Security Forensics product, claiming it to be "the most powerful and fastest forensics analysis solution on the market." InfiniStream Security Forensics allows enterprise customers worldwide to reconstruct, understand and prevent harmful network activity and security events. The InfiniStream solution is being introduced to select Network Associates customers immediately and will be generally available in the third quarter of 2003.
Funk Software has released v4.05 of its Proxy remote control software for assisting help desk and network professionals in remotely supporting users, desktops, and critical network systems -- over any type of network connection and regardless of whether the machine is staffed. New in Proxy v4.05 is the ability to selectively disable certain graphic-intensive features of the Host PC operating system such as screen savers, desktop wallpaper, and font effects, controlling how much data is transmitted over the network and enhancing the speed of the connection. Interested users can download a 30-day trial version of Proxy v4.05 from the Funk Website.
Friday, February 7, 2003
Intel plans on launching its long awaited Centrino mobile chip in notebooks starting March 12. The Centrino chip will feature built-in 802.11b Wi-Fi technology. Read more about it at SiliconValley.internet.com.
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has signed an agreement to acquire Radlan Computer Communications Ltd., a provider of networking software, for about $50 million in cash and stock. Additional details are available in this Press Release.
Novell will ship NetWare 6.5 by midyear, the company recently announced. Novell is touting NetWare 6.5 as an alternative to Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Server 2003.
Wednesday, February 5, 2003
EarthLink is set to launch "EarthLink Wireless Enhanced Access for Your Laptop," a new service that utilizes the CDMA 1xRTT network of a major national wireless provider to enable on-the-go professionals to connect to the Internet at higher speeds than traditional wireless data networks. The service is expected to deliver average transmission speeds of 40-60kbps, with bursts up to 144kbps (compared to traditional wireless data networks which average 8- 19kbps), and will be available under a tiered-price service plan with pricing starting at $24.95 per month.
Signs that 802.11g is really taking off: Linksys has reported sales of over 100,000 Wireless-G products in North America since their products began shipping on December 24, 2002 and is expecting to ship more than 500,000 Wireless-G products during the first quarter of this year. The company also stated that the Wireless-G product line has been the fastest growing in its 14-year history.
With the announcement of Maestro, a reworking from the ground up of its Harmony AP Controller, Proxim will soon be ready to deliver centralized WLAN control from a wireless network switch to deliver an 'intelligent infrastructure.' Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Tuesday, February 4, 2003
Adelaide, Australia, lays plans for a ground-breaking, city-wide Wi-Fi network -- so far the only one of its kind in the world.
Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Monday, February 3, 2003
Some say that in the rush to be first to reach customers, early 802.11g gear may leave interoperability with current 802.11b devices in the dust. Equipment manufacturers say no, but have secretly gathered to test for incompatibility under the auspices of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.