Thursday, 29 March 2001
- SMC is expanding their networking line into the
Networked Storage market. Their Barricade
8 Port 10/100 Mbps Storage Server combines a NAT
router with a 20GB Windows/MacOS file and print
server. How does this combo work out? Read
the review and find out!
Tuesday, 27 March 2001
- Buffalo Technology is once again first to market
with new 802.11b wireless capability. Their Wireless
Print Server will let you set up a wirelessly networked
printer that can be used by Windows, MacOs,
or Linux machines. Check
our review for the details.
has the SMC 4 port Barricade for $100.
Add 5 cents to your order to get free shipping (only through
tomorrow midnight), then use SMC's coupon to get one for $80.
- Received the sad news last night that Winmag.com
has folded, leaving Scot Finnie's excellent Broadband
Report without a home. Not to be defeated by
this setback, Scot is regrouping and will soon launch a new
newsletter on his own. You can sign
up here to receive it, and we recommend that you do!
- NETGEAR says that there's a firmware
update coming in April that will add
Port Range forwarding capability to their new
RP114 router. Hope they'll be nice and
add this long-awaited capability to the RT311 and 314, too!
- Concerned about how to protect yourself from those fake
VeriSign/Microsoft digital security certificates
that were recently revealed? Sonicwall
has updated their firmware to detect the fakes, and has a free
firmware update available for download. Go
here for the Sonicwall press release, or here
for firmware download.
Monday, 26 March 2001
- Looks like Bluetooth suffered at
least a PR setback last week at CeBIT 2001
when a demo network didn't work as planned due to a server card
with an incompatible version of the standard. See
the full AP story here.
- Looks like ORiNOCO's Spring 2001 software update
for the RG1000 adds some useful features, like PPPoE
support and @Home Host name.
Go here for
Sunday, 25 March 2001
- Outpost.com is listing the new NETGEAR
802.11b wireless stuff. Not in stock yet, though.
Go here for
the links.[Thnx Matt!]
- The NETGEAR RP114
review is up. See if it can help you guard against
Thursday, 22 March 2001
- What has all the features of a NETGEAR RT314
router, is about 1/3 the size, and has scheduled
content filters and traffic logging?
It's the new NETGEAR RP114! We'll have
more shortly, but in the meantime, check out this NETGEAR
press release and related
story for more info.
- Looking for a simple to set up 802.11b wireless system?
Consider SOHOware's NetBlasterII. It surprised
us and might surprise you, too! Read
has the NETGEAR RT314 4 port router on special for $99
after $30 and free shipping. Don't know how long it lasts, though!
- Did you know you don't have to use an Access Point
to add a wireless client to your Ethernet-based LAN?
There are trade-offs, but you just might save yourself some
money by reading this new
Wednesday, 21 March 2001
- Intel's PRO/Wireless 2011 Access Point
is not for the inexperienced networker, but worth a look if
you're looking for an 802.11b AP that can handle wireless
AP to AP networking. Read
- While we were at it, we took a look at Intel's
PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN PC card too. Now you
can take a look at the
Tuesday, 20 March 2001
- Observant visitors to SMC's Wireless
product pages may notice a different looking Wireless
Barricade. According to SMC, the SMC7004AWBR
will ship starting early April and will replace
the very popular SMC7004WBR Wireless Barricade. The main
differences are the movement of the ports to the rear panel
and the addition of 128bit WEP encryption.
Intel dumps HomeRF for WiFi
Reuters and CNET News.com
reported today that Intel has switched over
to the WiFi standards camp. CNET said
"Intel executives say they will continue to sell its HomeRF
products that move data at 1.6mbps (megabits per second). But
its next-generation Intel "AnyPoint" product, available
as early as July, will support the much faster Wi-Fi technology
that moves data at 11mbps." Read the stories here
- Turns out the FR314 Firewall Router
isn't the only new thing that NETGEAR has up
its sleeve. Look for another interesting new product
- Although not officially released, Orinoco
has posted their Spring 2001 release of software,
drivers, and firmware version 7 on their ftp site
They also posted their command line interface for the AP1000.
[Thnx Mike Campbell!]
- Steve Gibson's new Patchwork security utility
that we mentioned last Thursday,
works for Win2000, as well as NT4. [Thnx Daniel Beckman for
setting us straight!]
Monday, 19 March 2001
- It's official! NETGEAR has announed
their FR314 Cable/DSL Firewall router. And, of
course, we're first out with a review
for your decision-making pleasure!
- We've added a couple of Bluetooth articles to our
list of Wireless
has the Linksys BEFSR41 4 port router on special for
$99 after rebates. Price good through this Saturday
3/24. [Thnx, Brian Rose!]
has the Linksys BEFSR11 router (that's the 1 port version)
on special for $89 after instant rebate (thnx Erik Olson
for pointing out the correct price!) Price good through this
Saturday 3/24. [Thnx again, Brian Rose!]
Friday, 16 March 2001
- Simon Osorio of Linksys has started a Linksys
router Beta firmware thread over in the PracticallyNetworked
Linksys forum. Simon has posted a Version description
list (up to version 1.38.2) and an email address where
you can sign up to be a Beta tester). Go
on over to the Forum!
- This week's edition of Scott Finnie's excellent Broadband
Report contains the news that availability of Hughes Electronics'
two-way satellite internet service (dubbed "Pegasus
Express") has slipped. Originally slated to roll
out last month, Scott says to expect "late Spring, early
Summer" availability. Go
read the article over at Scott's site.
Thursday, 15 March 2001
- Steve Gibson (of ShieldsUp
fame) has been busy with a number of new projects:
available now and free, is a an Internet Anti-Intrusion Patch
Verification and Intrusion Evidence Scanner — for Microsoft
Windows NT only.
Netfilter (in development) is described as "like
a privacy and security enhancing firewall that deals with
the growing number of Internet privacy problems and annoyances".
This one will cost you $24 when available, with free lifetime
upgrades and will run on all flavors of Windows from Win95
Drop by and check them out!
Wednesday, 14 March 2001
- AMIT has posted 1.91c firmware. Go
to the Asante/SMC
Help page for details. [Thnx Christopher Castro!]
- Gamers who are using hardware routers and are having problems
with GameSpy server refreshes should check out our new
gaming tip, straight from GameSpy!
-3Com Airconnect users can get the new 2.0 update
from the 3Com
download site. Be warned! It's a
30Mb download (entire CD contents), so read the download
pages carefully to be sure you're downloading the correct update.
[Thnx to Fred Guaraldo!]
- Apple has also upgraded their Airport firmware.
1.3 release contains PPPoE support, DHCP client
ID support, Wi-Fi certification, WEP encryption,
and AppleScripting ability and sample AppleScripts. Follow
the download link from the Airport
Support page. [Thnx to Joel Hakam!]
-3Com finally shipped in their Home Ethernet Gateway
and it's deja vu all over again! Check
the review to see what we mean...
Tuesday, 13 March 2001
- Travis Watford's IP Mailer 1.5 adds support
for D-Link's DI-704 router. Download from the Tools
- Steve Winograd has put together a nice ICS for
Win2000 Pro walk-through which we've added to our ICS
HowTo Center. Lots of screen shots and clear,
step-by-step instructions will get you sharing your Internet
connection the ICS way before you know it!
Monday, 12 March 2001
-We've been sitting on this one for awhile, but it
now looks like Nexland has announced their
completely revamped ISB router line. Starting from the
entry-level four port SOHO at a list price
of $159, the line includes single, 4
and 8 port models, including the top end PRO800 Turbo,
which includes an 8 port switch and dual
WAN ports for $399. The "Pro"
members of the series include serial WAN ports for use with
dialup modems or ISDN TAs.
They also announced their WaveBase Wireless,
an 802.11b 4 port router plus Access Point, with a $499
list price. All products have a Q1 2001
availability. Read the
full press release for more info.
-We've had a few reports of bad browser display problems
with the 3.24 firmware for the NETGEAR
RT311/314 routers. The firmware worked fine for
us, although we did see an occasional frame refresh problem.
All we did was hold down the SHIFT key while hitting
the browser reload to force a full refresh and all
- Reader Christian Altenbach alerted us that
our recently posted instructions for disabling the NETGEAR/ZyXEL
routers' default filters opens a very bad security
hole! If you followed the instructions, go
see the new instructions right now and fix the problem!
Sorry about the mistake!
- Sonicwall has released version 6.0.0
firmware for their Sonicwall line. Check the
release notes on their
- Farallon has released a new 802.11b wireless
product. The SkyLINE
11Mb Wireless PCI card adapter will let you add
MacOS desktop machines to your 802.11b wireless network.
Farallon says the adapter will work only with their SkyLINE
11MB PC card. You can also buy a bundle with both the
adapter and PC card.
Sunday, 11 March 2001
-Linksys' much-awaited wireless
router is almost here! We've got ours and put
it through its paces. Question is, should you get yours?
Check the review!
Saturday, 10 March 2001
-MaxGate is offering a $50
rebate on their UGate 3200P router and $20
rebate on their new UGate 3300 Wireless router.
You must purchase between 3/1 and 3/31/2001.
Go to MaxGate's
Home Page for links to the coupons. [Thnx to Paulo Lopes!]
Friday, 9 March 2001
-SMC is offering a $20 rebate
on their Barricade 4 port router for purchases
between 3/2 and 4/30/2001.
Download the PDF rebate coupon from Outpost.com here.
[Thnx to Jeff Klink!]
- Did you see the story about Proxim suing
3Com, Cisco, Intersil and a few others charging infringement
on their wireless patents? Check out the full story on
Thursday, 8 March 2001
-The problem with the Product Review Opinions,
has been fixed. Thanks for your patience!
Wednesday, 7 March 2001
-If you're trying to read our Product Review
Opinions, you can't! We're having a site
problem and hope to have them back on the air soon.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
-ZyXEL is branching out into 802.11b wireless
territory with their Prestige 316 Broadband Sharing
Gateway with Wireless LAN. Our product
review can help you decide if it's the product to get
your LAN on the air!
- If you've ever tried to make an FTP, Telnet
or Webserver accessible from behind a Netgear
RT311 or 314 or ZyXEL Prestige
310 or 314 router, you may have given
up trying to find the secret. Now, you can just read
our procedure, just added to the Netgear/ZyXEL
Monday, 5 March 2001
-Our apologies for the problems with slow page loading
on the site. We've been having trouble with our ad server
since Sunday afternoon. Hope to have it fixed later today!
- Travis Watford's IP Mailer 1.4 (yes, another revision!)
adds support for Nexland's ISB2LAN router. Download from
Saturday, 3 March 2001
-D-Link has released new firmware for their DI-713
Wireless Router that fixes the Lucent WEP incompatibility
problem. Go here
for the fix.
- NETGEAR has released version 3.24
firmware for their RT311 and 314
routers. This version makes just about all common admin
features (including port forwarding) available via browser interface.
Go to the Help
page for the download info and ReadMe.
Friday, 2 March 2001
-Buffalo Technology has released a MacOS driver
for their AirStation WLI-PCM-L11
PC client card. It's offered "without
support" however, so check out the ReadMe
and decide for yourself if you want to take a chance!
-Those of you who can't wait to get your hands on NETGEAR's
soon-to-be-released FR314 Firewall Router can pre-order
one from Outpost.com. Price is $255, so
here if you want one. [Thnx to Jason Silver!]
- SMC has released new firmware for their regular and
wireless flavors of Barricade routers. Go to the Help
page for the download info and ReadMes.
- Andrew Ross of Kiwi Enterprises informed us that the
ReportGen application that we mentioned yesterday is
actually written by Ralph Murray and is shareware, not
freeware. Consider it done! (Yesterday's news item has
been corrected below.)
- Travis Watford's IP Mailer 1.3 adds support for the
MaxGate UG3200. Download from the Tools
Thursday, 1 March 2001
- Kiwi Enterprises has released version 6.2.9
of their Syslog
Daemon. Basic version is free and it now supports
both SNMP traps (like Linksys uses), as well as syslog logging.
If you're looking for a log capture tool, give this one a look.
- If you're a Sonicwall user, you might want to check
ReportGen shareware. It takes the SonicWall's logs and
displays a user selected report in a web browser.
- Linksys has released version 2.36 firmware
for the BEFSR81 that looks like it's a real upgrade this
time. Go to this Linksys
support page for the download info.
-Linksys has also released new firmware and an SNMP
manager for their WAP11 Wireless Access Point.
Haven't explored it yet, but it's reported to include Station,
Statistics and Trap info buttons under the "About"
tab. Go to their Help
page for the download.
- Been meaning to get this link up to Robert Graham's Firewall
Forensics FAQ. Good place to go if you're trying to
figure out what your firewall logs are trying to tell you!
Get the link from our Tools
page Network Security section.