Monday, March 31, 2003
The ability to support voice communications such as telephone traffic over a wireless LAN can provide significant benefits. Learn why and how you should go about implementing voice over wireless LANs in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.
SMC is releasing the first in its EliteConnect line of wireless network cards products designed to provide high power transmissions.
Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Friday, March 28, 2003
The latest from Gartner says that while the number of users of WLAN equipment in North America will continue to grow through 2007, hotspot providers shouldn't count on making money until then. The complete story is available at 802.11 Planet.
D-Link recently announced its participation in the Hughes Broadband Alliance Program, which will allow it to "gain the inside track into the development and distribution of next-generation broadband applications and services" for operating on SPACEWAY, Hughes' advanced Ka-band broadband satellite platform. "The Hughes SPACEWAY network delivers the bandwidth to allow everything from interactive videoconferencing to remote security surveillance at work or at a home office, at a price people can afford," reports Steven Joe, President of D-Link.
In the third article of its three-part tutorial on AirMagnet, 802.11 Planet talks to a WISP to find out how useful the AirMagnet is and also explores future AirMagnet products.
Thursday, March 27, 2003
GFI today launched GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner v3.2, which features the ability to deploy patches and service packs remotely for all major Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft ISA Server. It also offers improved installed patch checking for Internet Explorer and IIS.
Duluth, Minn. has the fortunate privilege of being the first city to feature a new pilot service of Verizon Wireless's Express Network, a "significantly faster high-speed wireless data network" that will offer average data transmission speeds from 40 to 60 kilobits per second. Duluth won't be the lone city for long -- the Express Network is expected to be offered in more than 900 cities.
What more could you possibly need at a Wi-Fi hotspot? You've already got your caffe latte and your laptop running a wireless Internet connection at broadband speed. Well, what's a computer without a printer? In an intriguing business idea, Securtix is offering free color printers and laptops to hotspot venue owners in return for a share of the profits from renting the computers and charging for the print-outs. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Former AT&T and IBM executive Gary Weis has replaced Larry Brilliant as the man to head the wireless ISP that put Wi-Fi in McDonalds. Get the super-sized scoop on this news at 802.11 Planet.
Intel is putting all its marbles in the 802.11 standard for its wireless strategy. And with its marketing muscle, Intel has brought in some impressive company. Learn more in internetnews.com's new Special Report on "Fries, Shakes, and Wi-Fi."
BellSouth this week launched IP-VPN services across its network. The new managed VPN creates an integrated Layer 2/3 native peer-to-peer network, which incorporates private line, frame relay, DSL, and other access technologies onto the same "On-net" platform.
Monday, March 24, 2003
NETGEAR recently launched the $79.95 XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge, its next-generation "powerline" solution. Certified by the HomePlug Power Alliance, the XE102 utilizes existing electrical wall plugs to extend wired and wireless networks throughout the home/office or to connect Internet-enabled appliances at speeds of up to 14Mbps. Complementary to wireless networking technology, the XE102 can allow users to create a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever they have access to an electrical outlet.
Network Instruments today announced the immediate availability of "the industry's first wireless and wired analyzer with multimode 802.11a/b/g connectivity." Observer was the first analyzer to support 802.11a, the first to offer 802.11a/b support on a single card in a wireless/wired analyzer, and now through a close partnership with Atheros Communications, is offering the first universally compatible wireless and wired monitoring package with support for all three IEEE wireless LAN standards (802.11g is currently a draft standard). 802.11 Planet has additional details on this story.
Sorenson Media and D-Link have partnered to co-develop a cutting-edge Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system for real-time, high-quality, personal video conferencing. The $299 D-Link DVC-1000 i2eye VideoPhone uses advanced video compression technology to send and receive video at up to a full 30 frames per second with a 352x288 Common Intermediate Format (CIF) resolution at 512Kps transmissions.
Friday, March 21, 2003
We're all tired of not having adequate standards-based security for wireless LANs, as the current Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) standard doesn't provide anywhere near enough security for most enterprise wireless LAN applications. Learn how the new Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) can enhance the security of a multi-vendor Wi-Fi network. Learn more in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.
Thursday, March 20, 2003
Cisco Systems today made serious overtures to tap the burgeoning home networking market by acquiring Linksys for $500 million in stock. Cisco plans to to let Linksys stand as its own separate division, and all 308 Linksys employees will keep their jobs. Linksys will have access to Cisco's sales infrastructure to address international markets and the service provider channel. internetnews.com has the full story.
On the heels of Verizon's announcement yesterday, T-Mobile today announced plans to co-develop a client-server solution with Boingo Wireless that will help customers roam between T-Mobile's Wi-Fi and GPRS networks. Details are available at 802.11 Planet.
In the second part of a three part analysis, 802.11 Planet shows how the AirMagnet management tool can be used to conduct site surveys and to improve WLANs that have already been deployed. The tutorial is available at 802.11 Planet, and our review of the AirMagnet Duo is available at http://www.practicallynetworked.com/review.asp?pid=513.
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Bridgewater Systems' Wi-Fi Service Manager is being demonstrating at CTIA in New Orleans this week. The product allows service providers to remotely manage the WLANs of enterprise customers, saving time and money. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
Verizon Wireless is introducing new high-speed wireless broadband services for its business customers. Beginning in the third quarter of 2003, Verizon will offer two different wireless broadband standards: a 1xEV-DO service in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, California, and a Wi-Fi-based wireless broadband service elsewhere around the nation. Verizon said the 1xEV-DO service will offer wireless data speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second.
Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.
Proxim Corporation Tuesday announced a settlement with Intersil Corporation to resolve all pending patent-related litigation between the two companies. As part of the confidential settlement agreement, the two companies have entered into a patent cross-license agreement for their respective patent portfolios, and Intersil will make a one-time payment of $6 million to Proxim. The two companies have also entered into a product supply agreement defining the terms under which Proxim will be able to purchase 802.11 products that utilize Intersil's chipsets.
Monday, March 17, 2003
Jupiter Research reports that 57% of U.S. companies already support 802.11 networks, with an additional 22% planning to implement and support the technology in the next 12 months. According to Jupiter Research's new report "Wi-Fi Deployments: Are Enterprises Ready Despite Evolving Standards?", small businesses are leading deployment, with 83% stating that they either support 802.11 networks today or plan to in the next 12 months.
CTIA Wireless 2003 in New Orleans is likely to focus on the Wi-Fi side of wireless technologies, while 3G goes nowhere fast. Read more about the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's conference at 802.11 Planet.
Mobility Network Systems has released a useful software tool that provides end users easy connectivity to Wi-Fi and GPRS networks from Intel Centrino and other Wi-Fi-enabled notebook PCs. The unifying client software automatically sniffs out available Wi-Fi network "hotspots" or, in the absence of a hotspot, connects to a GPRS or EDGE network. The company will be partnering with Nortel Networks to demonstrate the MNS IP-Based Radio Access Network (ipRAN) software solution at this week's CTIA conference.
Friday, March 14, 2003
Wonder why Intel only went with 802.11b in its new Centrino chipset rather than including support for 802.11a or 802.11g or both? 802.11 Planet recently got the scoop from an Intel executive on why Centrino was launched with only one flavor of 802.11 built in.
HiperLAN/2 offers striking benefits that provide alternatives for wireless LAN implementations. In this tutorial from 802.11 Planet, learn how Europe's HiperLAN/2 differs from 802.11 and whether or not HiperLAN/2 should be an alternative to consider when deploying wireless LANs (it shouldn't).
Thursday, March 13, 2003
It only seems like Intel is the lone newsmaker in the world of Wi-Fi this week. Other chipmakers have things to say -- sometimes about the Centrino platform and sometimes about their own products -- but all are likely to feel the impact of Centrino. 802.11 Planet has the full story.
Agere Systems recently expanded its families of high-performance, multi-use SONET/SDH mapper and T/E carrier framer chips with the addition of two new members. Ultramapper FT and Ultraframer chips enable network equipment makers to increase capacity and number of ports in their systems using industry-standard line interface units (LIU), versus limiting proprietary technology. The new devices target wired and wireless access network applications including multi-service access systems, 3G wireless network controllers, access concentrators, high-density interfaces for multiplexers, switches, routers and voice gateways. Agere is now shipping volume quantities of both the Ultramapper FT and Ultraframer chips.
Juniper Networks has a plan in place to give ISPs and other broadband providers the ability to go straight from their Internet backbone to a WLAN. The plan also enables the providers to consolidate network management, user authentication and service creation functions from multiple hotspots into a single platform. Read more about how Juniper wants to help its customers cut the cord at 802.11 Planet.
Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Intel will be launching today its new "Centrino" wireless networking architecture for the latest generation of laptops, carrying the hopes of the tech industry with it. Centrino is a combination of Intel's Pentium M processor, the Intel 855 chipset family and its PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection card that is built into the laptop near the motherboard. Intel claims all the components are optimized, validated and tested to work together with mobility in mind. Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.
Agere Systems and Ubicom are partnering up to combine the industry's first integrated 802.11b radio and baseband module from Agere with Ubicom's revolutionary processor and software platform, giving ODMs the tools they need to rapidly and cost-effectively develop wireless products. Targeted at making wireless LAN technology more readily accessible for home and small office users, the reference designs "will offer multiple advantages such as a small footprint, increased functionality and accelerated time to market, while keeping systems costs aligned to supply access points priced below $100," according to Ron Torten, vice president of Agere's Networking and Entertainment Division.
Intersil Corporation recently provided a software upgraded for its PRISM GT (802.11g) and PRISM Duette (802.11a, b & g) client and access point products that allows its customers to seek WPA certification for all PRISM-based products. WPA is a new industry standard security solution that provides a significant step up from the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) security built into 802.11 products today.
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Linksys announced a month ago that it sold more than 100,000 Wireless-G products in North America since the products began shipping in December 2002. In another sign of a rapid transition to 802.11g as the new mainstream wireless LAN standard, Broadcom Corporation this week announced that it has shipped more than three million 54g(TM) 802.11g wireless Local Area Network (LAN) chips since ramping to production in December 2002.
You can expect to see larger hard drives in new notebooks shortly, as Fujitsu has introduced its new MHT series of 2.5" mobile hard disk drives, with capacities ranging from 20GB up to 80GB. The MHT drives boast the industry's highest level of areal density at 10.7Gbit/cm2 (69.3Gbit/in2). The sales launch of the MHT series starts this week.
In partnership with Infineon, Agere will be delivering later this year a new WaveLAN multi-mode chipset supporting both 5GHz 802.11a and 2.4GH 802.11b and (in time for its final ratification) 11g. Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.
Monday, March 10, 2003
Following announcements last week from Netgear and Linksys that they have multi-mode NIC cards out, D-Link went one further by announcing multi-mode NICs and a SOHO router. D-Link is currently shipping its first 802.11a/b/g capable router, the DI-864 Wireless Router w/4-Port Switch, as well as dual-band CardBus and PCI adapters. The D-Link line of multi-mode products will also eventually include an access point. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
While wired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption is not good enough for mission critical data, it's still better than nothing for most WLANs. Learn more about why WEP does what it does,and how you can apply it to make wireless networks more secure in this tutorial from
Friday, March 7, 2003
Netgear is close on Linksys's heels with the launch of its new multi-mode WAG511 Dual Band 802.11a/b/g Wireless PC Card, which carries an MSRP of $157 (compared to $79 for its 11g-only card). The card supports 64, 128, and 152-bit wired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption and, in its 802.11a mode, can go "Turbo" up to 108Mbps (thanks to the Atheros AR50001X chip inside). Netgear also plans to ship an 802.11a+g access point and router for the small to medium business market later this year. 802.11 Planet has a news story up about the new Netgear card as well as the new Wireless A+G products from Linksys.
Thursday, March 6, 2003
Linksys this week started selling "the industry's first Wireless A+G Product" -- the $99 Wireless Dual Band A+G Wireless PC Card (WPC55AG). Wireless A+G Router, Wireless A+G Access Point, and Wireless A+G PCI Adapter products will ship later this month. These universal dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) multi-mode products support every existing and emerging IEEE wireless standard, including 802.11b, 802.11a, and the draft 802.11g specification.
Intersil is implementing a software upgrade that will integrate Cisco Compatible Extensions on Intersil's PRISM GT (802.11g) and PRISM Duette (802.11a/b/g) dual-band Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) solutions. The Cisco Compatible Extensions program will allow 802.11-enabled devices using Intersil's PRISM wireless LAN solutions to seamlessly interoperate with Cisco Aironet wireless LAN systems
PCTEL's new dual-mode Segue Roaming Client will let 2.5G carriers provide customers Internet access on laptops via both the cellular WAN as well as 802.11-based hotspots. "If you're away from a Wi-Fi coverage area, the client will find the 2.5G network and allow you to connect" to the Internet, says PCTEL's Biju Nair. "If you've been on a train and you're on a cell network, close your laptop and walked into the office, when you open the laptop, it wakes up and finds one of the Wi-Fi networks." Get the full story at 802.11 Planet.
Wednesday, March 5, 2003
GFI has launched a free server-based version of its GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP 8. The freeware version includes a module that checks incoming email against popular DNS blacklists (also known as real time blacklists) as well as local blacklists at the server level, prior to distributing mail to network users. It also provides a patented automatic whitelist management tool. The freeware edition can be downloaded directly from http://www.gfi.com/mes.
Intel is set to kick off its $300 million "Unwire" ad campaign to promote the rollout of its new wireless Internet chip, Centrino, which links laptops to the Internet through integrated 802.11 technology. Read more about the campaign at 802.11 Planet.
Phonex Broadband recently announced that sales of its Wireless Phone Jacks and Neverwire 14 data networking devices have surpassed 10 million units, making the company the "clear market leader in powerline technology." "We averaged a powerline installation every 60 seconds in 2002," said John Knab, CEO at Phonex Broadband.
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Most wireless LAN access point default configurations enable plug-and-play operation; however, these out-of-the-box configurations can limit performance and security. Learn how to get the most out of your wireless LANs by effectively tuning access points in this tutorial from
CMS Peripherals has released what it deems "the first fully integrated backup and disaster recovery solution of its kind and size for desktop users." Two new hard drive capacities at 200GB and 250GB give users the ability to backup multiple computers to one ABSplus system by setting up multiple partitions on the CMS solution to allow for both backup and external storage space. The ABSplus can also be easily moved between computers in order to backup an entire office network. Pricing for the new units starts at $349.
The new Instant Wireless Presentation Player (WPG12) from Linksys enables users with wireless laptop or desktop PCs to remotely control and share presentations on multimedia projectors, monitors, LCD panels or other VGA- compatible devices. The $329 Wireless Presentation Player can be connected to any VGA device for remote projection of Microsoft PowerPoint slides, video, spreadsheets, Microsoft Word documents, or any other PC-based applications and graphics from a wireless laptop or PC.
Monday, March 3, 2003
NETGEAR this month will begin selling the NETGEAR Dual Band 802.11a/b/g Wireless PC Card (WAG511), a high-performance wireless networking solution that is both backward and forward compatible with the current IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standard in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Based on Atheros' (AR5001X) WLAN chipset technology, the $157 (list price) Dual Band PC Card automatically roams between 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11b networks, while providing an option to only enable roaming in either 802.11a or 802.11b/g networks.
Amperion has raised the curtain on its new Powerline Wi-Fi technology, which leverages Wi-Fi to give power utilities the capability to challenge telcos and cable operators for the broadband access market. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.
T-Mobile's wireless networks in Starbucks Coffee shops and airport clubs are cheaper as of today due to the company cutting prices. Details on the new pricing plans are available at 802.11 Planet.