Friday, 29 March 2002
Internet Security Systems
has released BlackICE
PC Protection 3.5, the latest version of what used
to be BlackICE Defender. This personal firewall software
for Windows 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP includes intrusion
detection and has added "application protection"
against worms or Trojan horses. It sells online for $39.95
Thursday, 28 March 2002
Macintosh users can now go short-range wireless:
D-Link has released their $49 DWB-120M Bluetooth
USB Adapter for Apple Macintosh. It will only run on Mac
OS X version 10.1.3. It will be available only at the
Apple Store, and should
be available in April. Free
Bluetooth preview software for the product is also
on the site.
VPN Client 8.0 software is now available for mobile users
making virtual private network connections. It features
support for 802.11b wireless when tunneling from a wireless
device. The software is available free to current SonicWALL
product customers and can be downloaded at www.mysonicwall.com.
Wednesday, 27 March 2002
D-Link has released a Universal Plug and Play
(UPnP) firmware upgrade (version
4.67) for the D-Link DI-804 Cable/DSL Router. With
it installed, Windows XP should automatically recognize
and configure the DI-804. UPnP will open ports on the
router automatically when using a program like NetMeeting,
then close the ports when the software isn't in use.
and Imperito Networks
are teaming up to create a combined VPN and firewall solution
with secure remote access, in effect combining the best
of their respective Zone Alarm and InstantVPN products.
Tuesday, 26 March 2002
3Com has announced
the OfficeConnect Cable/DSL Secure Gateway, a higher security
version of the standard OfficeConnect. This $350 version
includes Stateful Packet Inspection firewall, PPTP and
IPSec VPN tunnel support, and the usual NAT, traffic filtering,
intrusion protection, etc.
New research from In-Stat/MDR
entitled Bluetooth Real-World Deployment & Product
Evaluations: A Users' Perspective evaluated Bluetooth
products from various vendors and rated 3Com PC card and
adapter and Red-M's 1000AP access points w/3000AS server
the best Bluetooth PC networking products.
Monday, 25 March 2002
is new software that will reportedly turn any PC with
broadband and a wireless card into a wireless Internet
gateway for other wireless systems on the network. The
software, which includes built-in firewall router and
SSL authentication, is free.
An enterprise version is coming in the second quarter
of 2002. It will include other features like remote configuration
and support for security protocols like 802.1x. Note that
when registering and using the Sputnik software, you become
a "Sputnik Affiliate" available for bandwidth
sharing with other Sputnik users who might happen into
your area (you can view
a map of affiliates on their Web site.)
introduced its OfficePortal Broadband Router, a smaller
version of the HomePortal targeted at small businesses.
It includes a 4-port 10/100 switch, optional HomePNA (phoneline)
networking, a PC Card slot for a 802.11b wireless card,
and optional DSL modem. The product will likely cost $229
for a base unit and will only be available through provider
partners, it will not be at retail.
SMC has added
a new product to its SOHO router line: The SMC Barricade
Plus Cable/DSL Broadband Router comes in both a wireless
(SMC7004WFW, $259 street) and wired (SMC7004FW, $159 street)
version. Both offer VPN funneling, Stateful Packet Inspection
firewall, and parental control functions like URL blocking.
They're also offering the Barricade PCI 10/100Mbps PCI
adapter (SMC1255TX-PF), an Ethernet NIC that includes
firewall functions via SMC software applications. Estimated
street price will be $24.
Thursday, 21 March 2002
Linksys is using the new Intersil
PRISM 3 chip in its Instant Wireless(TM) Network PC. PRISM
3 uses what's called Zero-IF (ZIF) architecture to get
rid of the intermediate frequency (IF) stage that occurs
in most radios.
released the EtherFast Cable/DSL VPN Router (BEFVP41).
It has 70 IPSec VPN tunnels, DES and 3DES encryption,
a new processor from Hifn to accelerate authentication
and encryption, and an embedded 4-port 10/100 switch.
The BEFVP41 will sell for $179 street price
Wireless national ISP Boingo,
with over 500 hotspots for Internet access currently in
the U.S., will be shipping its access software on installation
CD-ROMs for ORiNOCO Wi-Fi hardware (the Gold and Silver
cards) from Agere Systems.
research report on sales of 100Mbps Layer 2 Unmanaged
Fixed Ethernet Ports for 2001 among the top manufacturers
shows Netgear at
the top of the list. In similar news, the Infonetics
Report, "VPN and Firewall Products,"
as the market leader in the dedicated VPN hardware market
worldwide. The company has held this position since 2001.
is planning to launch a DSL modem product that will build
in a router with Stateful Packet Inspection firewall.
They plan to start with a $4000 enterprise user version
and work down to home and small business users throughout
Broadband cable modem use has grown to 7.2 million in
the United States as of the fourth quarter of 2001, according
to the National
Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA),
with over 875,000 sign ups in that quarter, compared to
750,000 sign ups in the third quarter of the year. High
speed cable modem Internet access is available to a total
of 70 million households in the US
In-Stat/MDR has a
new report, "Residential Gateways: The Coming Battle
for the Digital Living Room," that says broadband
service providers will be going one better than standard
ISPs that stop at the modem. BSPs will provide full service
gateways for home entertainment and control via the home
network, a market that will go from $125 million in 2001
to $5 billion by 2006. In-Stat expects to see multiple
network technologies in these gateways, including Wi-Fi,
Ethernet, and FireWire.
A proposal before the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) could squelch red-hot wireless devices operating
on the 2.4 GHz frequency. The call by Sirius Satellite
Radio to silence Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other popular
mobile technology has a wireless trade group girding for
a "battle royale." Read the details at 80211
Thursday, 14 March 2002
today announced the $199 ORiNOCO
AP-200, a dual 2-port 10/100 Ethernet switch and wireless
access point. It can work for a standalone wireless base
station or a bridge between wired and wireless PCs. It
supports 128-bit WEP plus ORiNOCO's WEPplus addition,
and even has "microwave oven interference resistance
Users of BellSouth
FastAccess DSL can now get the BellSouth
FastAccess HomeNetworking Service for an additional
$10 per month. The service hardware consists of a 2Wire
HomePortal 1000 Residential gateway for sharing Internet
connection via a HomePNA (phoneline) or Ethernet network.
The service from BellSouth provides 24/7 tech support.
There's a one time equipment charge of $149 for the HomePortal.
A new free software firewall for Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP
is shipping: Outpost Firewall from Agnitum.
The software reportedly protects against spyware, adware,
cookies, banner ads, emailed worms and viruses, backdoors,
and of course, criminal hackers (AKA crackers). It will
develop customized rules for your browsing so you can
control functions like Internet connection sharing. It
will also support third party plug-ins to expand functionality.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this
morning approved a rule change reclassifying broadband
via cable modem as an "information service,"
freeing the cable industry from regulations that typically
are applied to "telecommunications services."
The rule change is the first of several championed by
FCC Chairman Michael Powell as a fast track to greater
broadband deployment. Read more at dc.internet.com
Finnish company Patria
Ailon Oy has announced a Bluetooth based wireless
security camera. The hockey puck-sized GoldenEye Bluetooth
camera will work with the company's Ailonet Bluetooth
access point and reportedly delivers VGA quality video
and embedded motion detection software. It should be available
in the second quarter of 2002.
According to Synergy
Research Group, the WLAN market will grow 30%
a year to reach $5 billion by 2006. Equipment sales will
grow 60% from 2001 to 2002, with SOHO/Home use of WLANs
to grow over 103% (compared to 32% in the enterprise).
Wednesday, 13 March 2002
No surprise here: brokerage firm Bear,
Stearns & Co. Inc. has released a report called
Wi-Fi - Cordless Computing: Through the Air with Greatest
of Ease that says Wi-Fi LANs have "the potential
to redefine the face of computing over the next five years."
Plus, they say now is a good time to invest in network
equipment and semiconductor companies.
two-way satellite Internet service provider has launched
StarBand Small Office. The service provides network Internet
sharing for up to three users for $129.99 per month or
up to five users for $169.99 per month. Equipment price
is $799. In addition to high-speed Internet, the service
will reportedly feature VPN capability, static IP addresses,
free e-mail and Web page hosting, and equipment installation.
Tuesday, 12 March 2002
Intellon Corporation has announced that Philips
new OEM wireless-to-powerline bridge will use Intellon
HomePlug 1.0 chips in the product. It will serve as an
access point for 802.11b networks onto powerline-based
networks. There are details at 80211
has released WaveScanner ($1995) and WaveSentinal ($4995
for 1 server and 5 access points), the two components
of its new WLAN security monitoring suite. The former
checks for wireless-specific vulnerabilities; the later
provides intrusion detection and logging for access points
with little or no security.
Monday, 11 March 2002
has announced launch of its EliteConnect WLAN Security
System. It uses VPN funneling to improve security over
WEP. The system has a WLAN Secure Server (SMC2504W for
$5999) and WLAN Access Manager (SMC2502W for $2999). Get
more info on its Multi-Standard Security System at 80211
shipped a new CMOS chipset for 802.11a access points.
This second generation of 802.11a chips, the Integrated
Access Point Chipset (AR5001AP) is expected to reduce
access point cost and adds new security functionality
for AES encryption, VPNs, Virtual LANS, and 802.1x authentication.
The company also introduced a chipset family (AR5001X)
that combines 802.11a/b/g for dual-band WLAN support.
They should all ship in the second quarter of 2002.
Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA)
has announced the opening of a new testing facility for
products in Reading, England, as well as adding 15 new
member companies. Get the details at 80211
Thursday, 7 March 2002
Zone Labs has released ZoneAlarm
Pro 3.0. The Windows (98, 98SE, ME, NT, 2000,
and XP) software-based firewall and security program is
completely redesigned. It now includes privacy protection
including cookie and ad blocking. In addition to allowing
only trusted programs to access the Internet, the program
will "fingerprint" components of already trusted
programs to prevent hackers from using them. It also promises
enhanced LAN security, even for wireless networks, by
assigning newly detected networks to trusted or untrusted
zones. There are numerous other new
features. The software sells for $49.95 for single
users and includes one year of updates and online support.
Users get free access to the Alert Advisor service, which
may help improve end-user decisions about blocking, as
well as provide a utility to graphically show the geographic
location of a PC probing a ZoneAlarm 3.0 protected PC.
Wednesday, 6 March 2002
The total number of people with access to the Internet
from home is approaching 500 million worldwide according
to Nielsen/NetRatings. Read the full details at CyberAtlas.
Tuesday, 5 March 2002
In the continuing trend of seeing Wi-Fi built into laptops:
Presario 2800 with 1.7 GHz mobile Intel Pentium 4-M chip
and Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics processor will feature
an 802.11b MultiPort.
Monday, 4 March 2002
Privately held company XtremeSpectrum,
devoted to bringing ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless connectivity
to the masses, has demonstrated wireless digital video
broadcast of up to 4 DVDs simultaneously via 10Mbps streaming
MPEG-2 video to four flat panel monitors across a room,
reportedly with "no interruption or degradation to
the video or audio." UWB was recently approved by
the FCC for commercial use. They expect products using
UWB may be available for the 2003 holidays.
is working with network infrastructure company Vernier
Networks to create wireless network security and
management tools for small- to medium-sized businesses
using Vernier's Layer 3-based security and authentication
to assign specific rights to users as they log in, based
on location, identity, time of day, etc.
EarthLink's $9.95 per month Home
Networking service is now available for its users
with cable connections, not just DSL. It's been launched
in 21 Time Warner Cable markets, with 18 new markets to
come by mid-year. They offer both a Ethernet and phone-line
wired version, and a Wi-Fi package. The special deal announced
last month consisting of a $50 price reduction and a $99.95
rebate is still in effect until March 31, 2002.
Wi-Fi capabilities will be built into the new Toshiba
Tecra 9100 and Satellite Pro 6100 Notebooks with the Pentium
4 Processor-M. The Tecra 9100 starts at $2829 and also
integrates Bluetooth; the Satellite Pro 6100 comes two
configurations priced at $2399 and $2699.