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• Microsoft Vista Home Networking Setup and Options
The most daunting part of upgrading to Windows Vista may be trying to figure out where in the layers of menus the networking and file-sharing options are hidden.

• Do It Yourself: Roll Your Own Network Cables
It may not be something you do everyday, but having the supplies and know-how to whip up a network cable on the spot can be very handy.

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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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• Microsoft Windows Home Server
If you have a home network, you'll welcome the easy file sharing, remote access and the image-based backup features of Windows Home Server.

• Iomega StorCenter Network Hard Drive
Iomega's fourth generation StorCenter Network Hard Drive brings many of the features found in higher-end storage devices down to an attractive price.

• MikroTik's The Dude
This free tool delivers many of the same capabilities that you'd find in pricey network monitoring tools. As long as you don't mind tinkering, The Dude is a decent network utility that should be worth the download.

  Wednesday, April 30, 2003

NETGEAR has released the $459 NETGEAR ProSafe Dual-Band Wireless VPN firewall (FWAG114), a product it claims is the industry's first dual-band 802.11a+g VPN firewall solution. With the ability to simultaneously support 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g WLAN standards, the FWAG114 delivers wireless networking flexibility, while implementing Virtual Private Networking (VPN) technology and a true firewall to provide business-class network security.

Tradeshows mean sore feet and red-eye flights -- and lots of new products. 802.11 Planet's news coverage of Networld+Interop in Las Vegas will help you skip the former while ensuring you still get the full scoop on the latest 802.11 products.

Chipmakers Atheros, Broadcom, and Intersil are the first to receive Wi-Fi Protected Access interoperability certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Alliance has also certified nine new products with WPA. The complete story is available at 802.11 Planet.

  Tuesday, April 29, 2003

ReefEdge, a wireless infrastructure and security provider, this week announced the release of its Wireless Services Fabric, a common architecture for its products to help with fast and easy WLAN deployments. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

The world of 802.11-based Voice over IP got a shot in the arm today as market leader Spectralink announced new products. NEC and Cisco have decided to enter the Wi-Fi telephony field as well. The full story is available at 802.11 Planet.

  Monday, April 28, 2003

Buffalo Technology is releasing the industry's first Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) enabled wireless devices in its new AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Broadband Base Station (WBR-G54 - $199 MSRP) and AirStation G54 Wireless Notebook Adapter (WLI-CB-G54A - $119) solutions. Based on Broadcom's chipset, Buffalo's WPA access points and client cards are compatible with any 802.11b or draft 802.11g WLAN devices on the market.

Proxim Corporation is set to launch the new ORiNOCO .11a/b/g ComboCard product line. The $110 business-class ORiNOCO ComboCards connect to wireless networks running legacy 802.11b technology, as well as the new high speed, 54 Mbps 802.11a and 802.11g technologies. The card also incorporates Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) support as well as the latest IEEE 802.11d World Mode standard that enables the card to automatically configure itself to any local wireless standard, regardless of location.

  Friday, April 25, 2003

The latest access points offer the configuration of multiple services set identifiers (SSIDs) in order to distinguish separate networks within the same wireless space. Learn the ins and outs of implementing these multiple SSIDs in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

Intersil, maker of the chips for companies such as Netgear and D-Link, has unveiled "Nitro," a free software fix enabling networks comprised mainly of 802.11g devices to triple the speed of data flow. "With PRISM Nitro, our studies show up to a 3x improvement in performance for 802.11g clients operating in mixed-mode wireless networks," said Larry Ciaccia, vice president and general manager for Intersil's Wireless Networking Products Group. In terms of data rates, Intersil says 11g users could see speeds climb to as much as 30Mbps in real world use. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

  Thursday, April 24, 2003

US Robotics' Texas Instruments-based 22Mbps Wi-Fi products are getting what the company claims to be the same throughput speeds of current products using the draft specification for 802.11g. Using a mix of software and firmware upgrades the company calls "XLerator Technology," USR's 802.11b+ products can get four times the real-world throughput by installing a free download. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

Interlink Networks and Bluesoft are partnering to provide location-enabled security solutions for Wi-Fi wireless networks. Interlink Networks' Secure.XS Wireless LAN Security Software secures access to public and private wireless LAN networks based on a standards-based 802.1x security solution compliant with the new Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) specification. Through integration with Bluesoft's AeroScout Wireless LAN Location System, the location of the mobile device can be added as an additional authentication parameter.

Aruba Networks, one of the first startup companies to make noise this year in the nascent WLAN switch market, has now announced its product line, including a modular approach to the switch itself that Aruba claims will solve management issues. The full story is available at 802.11 Planet.

  Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Switches are all the rage for enterprise WLAN products, but Chantry Networks says its Beacon infrastructure products goes a step above them all by being the first "routed" WLAN network tool, letting the central intelligence sit anywhere on an IP network. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

Notify Technology has announced immediate support for the new Palm Tungsten C handheld on any accessible Wi-Fi network. Notify's solution for the Tungsten C handheld will provide users with instantaneous access to sending and receiving email and PIM events whenever the users are in accessible Wi-Fi network coverage areas.

Bluesocket is hoping that its relative maturity in the WLAN management and security market will convince customers to use its new wireless switch solution. The WGX-4000 Switch Wireless Gateway is a third generation gateway product that adds switching and management for WLAN products from multiple vendors. Additional details are available at 802-11 Planet.

  Tuesday, April 22, 2003

D-Link is now delivering a new and improved version of its D-Link DI-604 Ethernet Broadband Router. The $29 (street price) router now includes Virtual Cable Tester (VCT) technology at no extra cost. The VCT technology allows the router to independently detect and report cabling issues without the need to unplug and test cables.

Looking to tap into a growing trend, Motorola is entering the home networking market with a wireless gateway that it will sell through Best Buy and Circuit City stores. The $270 SBG1000 is a cable modem, wireless networking access point, Ethernet router and switch, print server, and advanced firewall, all in one. 802.11 Planet has the full story.

Known for its handheld and laptop-based analyzers, AirMagnet has released a version of its self-titled product that analyzes the wireless network across the entire enterprise. The infrastructure agnostic AirMagnet Distributed is an "overlaid monitoring system" for tracking what's happening in the airwaves over top the existing wireless and wired infrastructure. Details are available at 802.11 Planet.

  Monday, April 21, 2003

Intersil has expanded its PRISM Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security software solution to support all mainstream Microsoft operating systems, including Windows 98, 2000, ME, and XP. Additionally, Intersil's WPA software now works with Funk Software's Odyssey Client WLAN access control and security system to provide interoperability and promote ease of use with virtually all major Windows operating systems.

Bandspeed's Gypsy technology for so-called WLAN switches will be one of the few to power switch products that will sit on the working end of the network -- in the access point -- and potentially at a much lower price than Vivato's products. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

It's been a busy month for WildPackets, as they not only got into the hardware business but also upgraded their signature analysis tool to provide new audit features and support for 802.11g. Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.

  Friday, April 18, 2003

In the market for one of the hot new Centrino laptops? Sony integrates Intel's Pentium M and 802.11b wireless technology into a swoopy, silvery successor to its popular Vaio 505 slimline notebooks, with performance and battery life to back up its elegant looks. Read more about the Sony Z1 series of notebooks in this review from Hardware Central.

Everywhere you look people are using cordless phones to enable mobility as they talk to customers, vendors, and friends. Learn about the potential for cordless phones to interfere with WLANs and how you can make the two coexist in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

The new SOHO TZW Internet security appliance from SonicWall enforces the use of VPN encryption on wireless LANs, thus offering a more secure alternative than the Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) standard security protocol for 802.11b LANs. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

  Thursday, April 17, 2003

GRIC Communications has released a new version of its GRIC MobileOffice client targeting telecommuters. Office managers who set up their home-working brethren with this software can enforce security policies. The software will automatically load the user's VPN connection whenever they log into the corporate network from their home DSL or cable modem connection; it will kill the connection if the VPN tunnel is lost. This same function is already available for MobileOffice users who connect while on the road using Ethernet, dial-up, or Wi-Fi.

  Wednesday, April 16, 2003

The Yankee Group said in a report this week that by the end of 2007 there will be 32.3 million homes with computer networks in the United States.

  Tuesday, April 15, 2003

SMC Networks has announced the SMC2209USB/ETH Compact USB 2.0 to 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Adapter -- plug this $32.99 unit into your computer's USB 2.0 port and you'll have a full 10/100Mbps Ethernet connection to your network. All the power comes from the USB bus, so you don't have to have it plugged in separately.

Apple Computer says today that they've sold over 150,000 AirPort Extreme wireless networking products in the past quarter -- nearly half of all the Wi-Fi products Apple sold in that time. Airport Extreme uses Broadcom's 54g chips to provide pre-draft 802.11g connections up to 54Mbps.

Kinko's is going wireless. Over 1000 locations for the copy-store giant will be getting Wi-Fi courtesy of T-Mobile Hotspot, which also powers the wireless networks at Starbucks. Read the full story at 802.11 Planet.

  Monday, April 14, 2003

Professional installers of home and SOHO networks might have some help. The SercoNet NetHome System is a combination voice, data, and DC power system used to create a home LAN running on the existing phone lines in the home. Each phone jack is replaced with a "Smart Outlet." There's also a NetHome Wireless Access Point using 802.11b so wireless clients can get on the network. The NetHome System starts at $250.

Linksys has announced shipment of the first 54Mbps dual-band products, the $299 Wireless Dual Band A+G Wireless Router (WRT55AG) and $279 A+G Access Point (WAP55AG) for home and small business. Both products will support users of 802.11a/g/b (since 802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b) and have a Web-browser interface and 152-bit WEP support. The router has a 4-port Ethernet switch built in, VPN pass-thru, and even comes with a full version of Norton Internet Security 2003. The access point is SNMP manageable and supports Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS).

  Friday, April 11, 2003

In a move that the tech industry is sure to watch closely, home and small business networking equipment maker Netgear plans to go public. The company aims to raise $115 million with its initial public offering (IPO). The complete story is available at 802.11 Planet.

Alchemy Eye 4.7 is a new system management tool from Alchemy Lab that continuously monitors server availability and performance. In the event of network errors, Alchemy Eye automatically notifies the network administrator by cell phone or pager and writes a detailed log file, helping to protect the company's data and reducing the likelihood of costly network failures. Additional information is available at

Intersil has released the ISL3893 WiSOC, an ARM9 microprocessor for use in access points and routers with the PRISM GT chipset for draft 802.11g support or the PRISM Duette chipset for dual-band 802.11a/b/g. The WiSOC is meant to do away with need for a separate network processor in the access point, giving equipment manufacturers a lower bill of materials cost on products. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

  Thursday, April 10, 2003

The number of networked homes jumped 43 percent in 2002, but the technology is still in the "early adopter" stage, according to The Yankee Group. The increase is due to broadband adoptions and families with more than one computer who want to be online concurrently. The complete story is available at 802.11 Planet.

The 802.16a standard for wireless broadband today got major backing from several new members of WiMAX, the consortium pushing the use of wireless for last-mile connections. The current WiMAX lineup includes Intel, Proxim, Nortel, Airspan Networks, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Wi-LAN, OFDM Forum, Ensemble Communications, and Fujitsu Microelectronics America. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

New Boundary Technologies has launched Prism Pack 5.0, a comprehensive software distribution tool designed to reliably package any software or patch for timely distribution to any Windows-based computer. In other words, Prism Pack allows system administrators to easily and reliably maintain the latest software on all (Windows) computers. Prism Pack pricing starts at $2750 for 100 seats, and product evaluations can be downloaded at

  Wednesday, April 9, 2003

TiVo is making a major play for the home networking space Tuesday with the launch of its Home Media Option. The new service can adapt to any home networking set-up, including wired or 802.11b (define) wireless networks, PC or MAC, and marks the first deployment of Wi-Fi technology in a TiVo system. The main push behind TiVo's new service is that users can now watch pre-recorded programs or live programs in different rooms via multiple set-top boxes, as well as schedule and activate television recordings offsite, anywhere, with an Internet connection. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

Broadcom's new WLAN chips will support Cisco Extensions and is already shipping dual-band miniPCI devices with support for high-speed networking in both 2.4 and 5GHz bands. Dell is the first customer to use the dual-band, triple mode (802.11a/b/g) chip in its TrueMobile 1400 device that sells with the Latitude D notebook series. Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.

Argon Technology is now selling its PXE on Disk product for use with the Microsoft MN-110 USB adapter and other Ethernet network adapters that connect through a USB port. PXE on Disk makes the many benefits of network booting available to users of networked devices that are not natively supported by Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) boot agents. This includes most laptop computers and older desktops. Network booting makes it possible for administrators to deploy new operating systems and applications over the network. Additional details are available at

WildPackets has released upgraded driver support for wireless NICs that utilize Agere Systems' WaveLAN 802.11 wireless technology. New features include Wake on LAN (WOL) functionality for the PCI adapter and improved AP access and power management firmware support embedded in the driver. Agere drivers for AiroPeek provide support for Windows 2000 and XP operating systems.

  Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Don't stop short after installing a wireless LAN. Be sure to consider wireless LAN management tools to ensure your network delivers maximum performance and security. Learn more in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

If you haven't noticed, the biggest trend in wireless LANs for the enterprise is "switched WLANs." Companies such as Proxim, Symbol, Vivato, Nortel, and many more to come are quickly announcing products (though none exactly agree on what actually constitutes a WLAN switch) to garner market share. The latest is San Jose, CA-based Airespace, formerly known as Blackstorm Networks. The story continues at 802.11 Planet.

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced today that its Wi-Fi product certification program is now three years old and that 677 Wi-Fi Certified products from 113 companies have received certification since testing began in March 2000.

  Monday, April 7, 2003

Back in the wireless LAN game after a few years respite, Nortel Networks this week announced a strategy for helping get enterprise and carrier customers set up with private and/or public access WLANs. They'll begin by shipping a number of 802.11 products in the second quarter of this year. Details are available at 802.11 Planet.

Lava Computer has released extended modem support for its popular Modem Speed Set utility, a tool that automates the configuration of high-compression 56K and ISDN modems when they are connected to ultra high speed serial ports, such as the LavaPort series of 16650 UART boards. Modem Speed Set ships on all Lava installation disks, and is also available for free download at

Unitrends recently announced an upgraded version of its bare metal restore software, which is part of Unitrends' DPSoftware data protection suite. The new version offers companies a stronger means of protecting networked computers than ever before, and runs on more than 20 business operating systems. Unitrends' bare metal software also continues its compatibility with other companies' backup/restore software, meaning firms can retain what they have already invested in while also incorporating bare metal restore.

  Friday, April 4, 2003

Not completely sure why you should install a wireless LAN? Learn about "killer applications" that provide significant reasons why a WLAN makes sense to deploy in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

Most IT departments have the luxury of rolling out their wireless networks on a gradual basis. Stewart Seruya, chief security and network officer at the University of Miami, has two days. Datamation takes a look at the three-step custom solution he devised.

  Thursday, April 3, 2003

Nortel Networks has announced a new portfolio of wireless local area network (WLAN) products for enterprises and carriers that allows end users to have anytime, anywhere access to applications such as e-mail, voicemail, and unified messaging via a PDA, mobile phone, or PC. Additonal details are available at ThinkMobile.

Jupiter Research expects small business to pick up momentum for 802.11 with larger companies making most of the purchases, while everyone waits for better security. The full story is available at

While the biggest driver of the home network over the past three years has been broadband sharing, that is about to change, according to a recent report from In-Stat/MDR which contends 2003 will be the year of networked entertainment, as new products emerge to fuse the entertainment center with the home network. Bridging devices that connect TVs and stereos to the PC through an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection are coming from companies such as Sony and Linksys, while media servers that store and play rich content over a home network are shipping from a number of consumer electronics companies.

  Wednesday, April 2, 2003

SMC Networks has released a new secure and versatile Broadband router for residential and SOHO use. The $199 (MSRP) SMC7404WBRA Barricade Wireless DSL Router combines a DSL modem with an IEEE 802.11b-compliant Wireless Access Point, a 4-port 10/100 Mbps dual-speed switch with automatic MDI-MDIX ports, and a parallel print server.

Be very careful...Updating firmware always sounds like a good idea and can mean substantial boosts in performance and stability, but it can also be the road to WLAN ruin. Learn more in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

Mobility Network Systems reports that its unifying client connection management software works with the Sierra Wireless AirCard 750 PC card to provide Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) authentication for notebook users accessing Wi-Fi or GPRS/EDGE networks. SIM authentication is the the standard for subscribers accessing GSM/GPRS networks. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

  Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Microsoft has released a free download for Windows XP that features support for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), the new standards-based wireless network security solution from the Wi-Fi Alliance. The new solution is intended to be a replacement for the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) standard and offers more robust methods of data encryption and network authentication. The Windows XP upgrade supporting Wi-Fi Protected Access is available at Microsoft's Windows XP web site.

Thanks to a specialized router from Linksys, those who subscribe to the proprietary Ricochet wireless Wide Area Network for Internet access can now set up multiple PCs to use the connection. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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