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Tuesday, 30 April 2002

Online retailer TigerDirect has dropped prices on most wireless networking products from companies like Belkin, Lucent and 3Com.

Linksys unveiled its Instant Wireless Presentation Gateway (WPG11) that both simplifies and enriches the use of multimedia presentations in large spaces. Read the full news at 80211 Planet.

Belkin has announced the release of a Compact Flash 802.11b card. The Wireless Personal Digital Assistant Network Card (F5D6060) will retail for $119.99. It will support 64- and 128-bit WEP and should function on any Windows CE device with a CF slot. It will ship in mid-May.

Fujitsu PC Corporations's new LifeBook A series of desktop-replacement notebooks is available with fully integrated Wi-Fi compliant capabilities, as well as the usual Ethernet and 56K modem. LifeBook A models feature AMD Athlon 4 processors running at 1.2GHz; prices start at $1299.

SonicWALL is undergoing staff cuts and restructuring as a cost-cutting measure to offset its RedCreek acquisition, but the IP security company may be suffering from a post September 11 syndrome. Get the scoop at

Monday, 29 April 2002

The HomeRF Working Group will have a free public seminar at the Connections 2002 show on May 16 where they will make announcements about the future of HomeRF. Plans are to make it more complimentary than competitive with 802.11 standards. Expect more details here when they provide specifics.

SMC Networks has announced the EZ Connect USB Cable Modem (SMC8011CM-B) for broadband networking. It will connect to PC via either USB or Ethernet. It's Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 1.1 compliant, supports SNMP management, and can support up to 32 simultaneous users.

Friday, 26 April 2002

According to a release from Intel, select new IBM ThinkPad T30 notebooks will ship with integrated Wi-Fi capability provided by Intel on a mini-PCI adapter that also integrates a dial-up modem. According to the IBM Web site, the models include the 236642U, 236644U, and 236682U, all of which use the 1.8GHz Pentium 4-M chip and sell for $3,124.

Thursday, 25 April 2002

D-Link has announced the D-LinkAir Pro DWL-6000AP Dual Band Wireless Access Point, which will support both 5GHz 802.11a and 2.4GHz 802.11b client connections. It will come with a Web-based interface and D-Link's Device View Software for management via SNMP. The $499 product will go on sale in June 2002.

D-Link also announced today the D-Link Air 2.4GHz antenna line, seven new antennas for extending 802.11b WLAN range. Each connects via the Reverse Polarity Sub-Miniature A (RP-SMA) connector on any of the D-Link Air line of gateways, access points, and adapters. All the antennas, which range from $39 indoor microstrip to $319 MSRP for the outdoor high-gain directional Yagi antenna, are available now.

Capitalizing on the momentum shown by the rapid creation of public 802.11 hotspots, Airpath Wireless has introduced a product it calls 'Hotspot-In-A-Box' to encourage creation of public access points. Read about it at
80211 Planet.

Wednesday, 24 April 2002

In-Stat/MDR says in its new report "Voice over Wireless LAN: 802.11x Hears the Call for Wireless VoIP" that Voice over Wireless LAN (VoWLAN) products, currently only supplied by Symbol and Spectralink, will experience heavy grown in 2002. Phone handsets compatible with 802.11 will expand to 80,000 shipments this year, up from 20,000 last year. The demand is mostly in retail, health, and education markets. Read more at 80211 Planet.

Intersil's PRISM 3 Reference Design for smaller form-factor WLAN products has received WECA's Wi-Fi certification.

Tuesday, 23 April 2002

Intel's new "Banias" chip may bring embedded 802.11b support to mobile Pentium 4 chips. Read the full story at 80211 Planet.

Intersil has entered an agreement to provide dual-mode chipsets combining 802.11b with CDMA or GPRS, as well as with Bluetooth. Get the full scoop on dual-mode deals at 80211 Planet.

Friday, 19 April 2002

Yesterday at WinHEC, Bill Gates himself demonstrated two new Bluetooth-enabled wireless products: a new optical mouse and keyboard with support for Windows XP. Both should be available, with a USB-based transceiver, later this year.

Thursday, 18 April 2002

Toshiba Computer Systems Group's new Portege 4010 notebook series, which feature 933Mhz Intel Pentium III mobile processors, also have an option to come with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Base price is $2199.

Wednesday, 17 April 2002

Cisco has launched its new Aironet 1200 Series Access Point. It costs $999 for a unit with 802.11b support (with a slot for an optional $229 802.11a module) or $1499 for a dual band unit that will be available in August. The 1200 Series AP supports power-over-Ethernet and local-power office deployment.

WatchGuard Technologies has made its mobile user VPN client software for Windows XP available. The software also works with Windows 98/ME/NT/2000 and includes a personal firewall. It's free to members of WatchGuard's LiveSecurity instant update service.

In Tokyo this week, Intel announced new Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) software that would control a UPnP home network from a cell phone or PDA. The software development kit is being offered free to developers for the Pocket PC

The U.S. is falling behind in the broadband race: European countries are overtaking the U.S. in the race to roll out broadband DSL to homes and businesses, according to figures released by Point-Topic at the DSL Forum meeting in Rome. Read more at ISP-Planet.

Tuesday, 16 April 2002

Netgear and Zero-Knowledge Systems are partnering to offer free one-year subscriptions to Zero-Knowledge Systems' Freedom Personal Firewall or Anti-Virus products for owners of Netgear products purchased since January 1, 2002. Firewall is available to owners of models RP114, RP334, RT311, and RM356; Anti-virus is available to owners of the MR314, RO318, FR314, FR318, FV318, and RT338. A one year subscription covers up to eight PCs (additional PCs are $29 per year). Netgear customers can download it free at Next month, Freedom software will come on Netgear installation CDs.

Gateway is introducing new Wireless Home Network Solutions, based on Intel AnyPoint 802.11b products. The $499 solution includes the AnyPoint Wireless II base station, a USB and PC Card adapter, three years warranty and on-site installation. If you purchase a Gateway notebook or a broadband subscription, that bundle is only $299 ($249 if the notebook comes with integrated 802.11b).

U.S. Robotics has released a new suite of wireless 802.11b networking products reportedly capable of 22Mbps speed. The products (based on Texas Instruments' ACX100 802.11 technology) are backwards compatible with 11Mbps 802.11b, support building-to-building roaming, and 256-bit WEP encryption. Products include a $199 Wireless Access Point, $99 PC Card, and $119 PCI Adapter Card. For standard 802.11b (without the extra speed boost) they've got a $189 11Mbps Cable/DSL router with built in print server and 802.11b support and a $99 USB adapter.

In addition, USR has announced new 10/100 Ethernet networking products including a $49 PCMCIA Adapter and $49 5-port switch.

Monday, 15 April 2002

SMC Networks has released the EZ Connect 11Mbps Wireless Compact Flash Card Kit. The kit contains a Type II Compact Flash 802.11b adapter (SMC2642W) plus a CF to PCMCIA adapter so it can be used in a standard notebook computer. The $132 (street) card supports 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption, ad hoc and infrastructure mode, and works with Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 OS as well as Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP.

Wednesday, 10 April 2002

Check Point Software Technologies this week announced a stripped-down, dedicated virtual private network (VPN) appliance intended for easy deployment. Read about it at

Link Logger 1.5 is available now. This log software lets users analyze incoming and outgoing traffic on the network router as it's happening. Users can set alarms for certain IP address or access to certain ports. It works with routers from ZyXEL (including both Prestige and ZyWALL routers), Netgear and Linksys. Try it before you buy it for $21.95.

Asoka USA Corporation has shipped two products for home power line networks. The PlugLink Ethernet Bridge (PL9610-ETH) and PlugLink USB Bridge (PL9710-USB) connect PCs with either type of connection to a power line network at speeds up to 14Mbps. Both are HomePlug certified and will retail for $139.99.

TROY Wireless has announced its WindConnect Bluetooth print adapter for Palm PDAs. The device will let any Palm with the Palm Bluetooth Card (not included) and running the TROY Wireless Palm Bluetooth printer software to send print jobs from up to 10 feet away. Pricing for the adapter was not announced.

Tuesday, 9 April 2002

Linksys has entered the cable modem market. The EtherFast Cable Modem, BEFCMU10, includes a RJ-45 Ethernet port and a USB port to connect to systems without Ethernet. It supports up to 32 individual IP addresses and SNMP remote monitoring means users can get remote tech support help from the cable provider. The $129.99 unit is a DOCSIS 1.0 certified unit that can be upgraded to 1.1 and is approved to work for service providers such as AT&T Broadband, Cable ONE, Charter, Comcast, Cox, TimeWarner, and others. [[Despite early reports, this modem apparently is not compatible with Comcast.]]

Wednesday, 3 April 2002

In-Stat/MDR, in a report titled "WLAN Chipset Market -- The Incredible Journey Is Just Beginning," says the WLAN chip sales in 2001 were a economic bright spot: 8 million chip sets sold that year, up 23% from 2000. However, the increase didn't help revenue, as prices dropped drastically. Forecasts for 2002 put the number at 14 million plus, up 75%.

WildPackets has released the Windows 2000/XP-based AiroPeek NX for IT pros. It features a Real-time Expert WLAN Analyzer for automatic analysis and identification for each WLAN device. Pricing starts at $3495 for a 12 month license.

802.11a chip set maker Atheros Communications is licensing Wind River Systems' Tornado for Home Gateways platform to integrate with it's WLAN reference design for a potential new design for everything from home gateways to business-wide access points.

Tuesday, 2 April 2002

Users of DirecTV DSL (formerly Telocity) from DirecTV Broadband will soon be able to use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services via a Texas Instruments gateway solution (the TI AR5V10 DSL gateway) that will be distributed in late 2002.

Funk Software has released a beta of AdmitOne VPN Client for the Pocket PC. This software allows a secure tunnel connection between a remote PDA and a network. It provides IPSec and IKE security. The beta is currently free, but the final product will cost between $16 and $40 per users, depending upon volume discounts. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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