Tuesday, May 28, 2002
The HomeRF Working
Group has released future plans, most of which
include stressing the use of HomeRF for voice communications.
The upcoming HomeRF 2.1 specification will also increase
the number of active handsets on a phone system, extend
range, and introduce voice roaming. HomeRF will be endorsing
802.11a for high-bandwidth applications in the 5GHz
band as a compliment to its use of 2.4GHz.
Asoka USA Corporation
and Intellon Corporation
today announced a strategic relationship to work together
to develop future powerline networking products. The
Asoka PlugLink Ethernet bridge (PL9610-ETH) and USB
Adapter (PL9710-USB) have both been shipping since January.
Thursday, May 23, 2002
has partnered with FieldSoftware
Products to release a new Bluetooth printing
solution for Pocket PCs, consisting of the WindConnect
Bluetooth print adapter and FieldSoftware's WindPocketCE
Monday, May 20, 2002
3Com has announced
the OfficeConnect Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway, a router
with support for up to 32 users of 802.11b and a 4-port
10/100 switch. It includes basic firewall, up to 128-bit
WEP, and has VPN pass-thru capability. It should be
available this month at a price of $280 MSRP.
Thursday, May 16, 2002
a new version of an 802.11b PCI-based NIC, the $99 F5D6001,
this time a full card, not an adapter that requires
a PC Card NIC to be inserted like the F5D6000, which
should save around $60. The PCI card will ship on May
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
D-Link is leaving Intersil behind and moving
its 802.11b-based products to the Texas Instruments
ACX100 chip set. Get the full scoop at 80211
Fujitsu PC Corporations'
latest LifeBook S series notebook based on the 1GHz
Intel Pentium III-M will come with integrated 802.11b
networking as well as an Ethernet port. Starting price
on the thin and light laptop is $1,499.
Monday, May 13, 2002
HomePlug-chipset maker Cogency
Semiconductor will announce this week the reference
design for OEMs of a USB-HomePlug Wall Adapter using
Cogency's Piranha chipset. Plug one end into an outlet
and the other into the USB port of your computer and
the PC will be on your home powerline network. Price
of final products would likely be around $99.
3e Technologies is
shipping the 3e-520 3e-520 Series Wireless Gateway commercially
for $899. This wireless gateway/access point also supports
HomePNA, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and IrDA. It's also a
Friday, May 10, 2002
Small Biz Loves DSL but U.S. Lags Behind: Despite
increasing reliance on the high-speed connection, the
US fell from 5th to 10th in rankings of global DSL subscriptions
according to Yankee Group. Read about it at CyberAtlas.
Thursday, May 9, 2002
reports that its WindConnect Bluetooth print adapter
has been approved for use with Compaq's iPAQ PocketPC
H38709, Bluetooth MultiPort by Compaq, and Compaq Bluetooth
Wireless Pack with CF Card Slot.
The 802.1X security protocol for wireless LANs
is catching on as companies like Meetinghouse Data,
Funk Software and Wind River Systems announce implementations
of it, and several other companies sign on to use it.
You can read more about it at 802.11
Tuesday, May 7, 2002
announced shipping of a $279 Harmony 802.11a PCI Card.
It supports their proprietary 2X mode for speeds rated
up to 100Mbps second. It will be available here in the
US as well as in Europe (see the news from Thursday,
May 2). Proxim is also set to integrate 802.1X security
into all of its Harmony 802.11a products.
Intel PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN Dual Band Access Point,
which supports both 802.11a and 802.11b from the same
device (the company also demonstrated their own combo
802.11a/b chip set that will be available later this
Electronics giant Philips is partnering with
for cross promotion of their various products. First
up, Philips' Internet audio systems will be co-marketed
with Netgear routers, 802.11a products, HomePNA phoneline
products, and Powerline products.
SMC Networks announced what looks like the first
802.11a router today: Barricade 802.11a Wireless Cable/DSL
Broadband Router (SMC7004AWBR-54), as well as their
own dual-mode 802.11a/b Access Point (the EliteConnect
SMC 2785W). Read more about them at 802.11
Acer has demonstrated the first line of laptops
with integrated 802.11a 54Mbps wireless networking,
using a mini-PCI card using a chip set from Atheros
and Wistron NeWeb that will also support 802.11g when
it's ratified. Read about it at allNetDevices.
Monday, May 6, 2002
D-Link's Ethernet to Wireless Bridge product
will convert any Ethernet based product into an 802.11b
capable resource for the WLAN. Read about it at 80211
has shipped it's "next-generation" 802.11b
USB 1.1 adapter. The Plug-and-Play EZ Connect 11Mbps
Wireless USB Adapter (SMC2664W) is a smaller clip on
unit measuring 1x2.25x3.25 inches. It supports 64- and
128-bit WEP. Estimated price is $118.
has announced production of a dual Ethernet/80211b home
gateway that will support a cable modem connection via
DOCSIS 1.0/1.1 modem. It will support 40- and 128-bit
WEP and triple DES encryption. The gateway will be available
in the second half of 2002. Scientific-Atlanta
has announced a similar product comes sans Ethernet
that will be available this summer. Linksys is also
getting into act (see next).
is unveiling a large number of new products at Networld+Interop
this week. Among them are a new 802.11a Access Point
and 802.11a PC Card; an Instant Wireless Network Bridge
for converting Ethernet-based products into an 802.11b
clients, and new DSL/Cable residential gateways that
include the broadband modem along with different types
of networking such as router with either an 802.11b
access point or Ethernet switch. We'll bring you more
details as we get them.
FVS318 Cable/DSL ProSafe VPN Firewall router is reportedly
the "lowest price per port" broadband VPN
Firewall Router, at a cost of $150 with 8 10/100 switched
ports. It features a Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
firewall and up to eight IPSec-based VPN tunnels can
be established to remote sites and users. The FVS318
has a Smart Wizard setup utility for detecting the type
of ISP used and minimal steps for configuration.
Thursday, May 2, 2002
is launching new Bluetooth products. The TDK Mobile
give your control over your Bluetooth-enabled phone
via the PC using a Bluetooth adapter. TDK Dialler lets
users of TDK's blue5 and blueM Palm add-ons dial a phone
from the Palm's stored numbers list. Finally, TDK blueDial
does the same with the current bluePAQ device, allowing
dialing from an Compaq iPAQ's stored list.
announced it will be first to market with 802.11a products
in Europe. Both the Skyline and Harmony lines of 54Mbps
access points and CardBus NICs will be available in
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece,
Ireland, Norway, and Portugal as of this month, with
hopes for the rest of Europe to follow this year. There's
more at 802.11
Wednesday, May 1, 2002
release a new KVM switch with full USB sharing and sound
support at next weeks Networld+Interop show in Las Vegas.
The OmniView Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) Series
Universal Serial Bus (USB) Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM)
Switch with Audio will come in a 2-port model for $149.99
and 4-port model for $179.99. They feature a newly sculpted
look that's different from previous Belkin KVM switches.