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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.

  Friday, May 30, 2003

PDA maker Palm has partnered with some well-connected friends to bolster its latest handheld device, the Tungsten C. Palm yesterday announced five agreements with technology companies for voice over IP (VoIP), Wi-Fi, and authentication software based on protocol developed by Cisco Systems. The complete story is available at

  Thursday, May 29, 2003

Jupitermedia has launched a new Web site to preview the 802.11 Planet Conference and Expo to be held June 25-27 at Boston's World Trade Center. 802.11 Planet Live contains stories about new wireless technologies that will be unveiled at the show, including security measures and roaming architectures; discussions about how Wi-Fi is changing business; information about keynote and panel discussions; and tips about what to do in the city after the show.

The latest in Wi-Fi related research reveals that chip prices will continue to drop while hotspot locations will continue to grow -- though depending on where they are, they won't make much money. 802.11 Planet has the complete story.

  Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Getting a wireless Internet connection while flying long distances will soon be a reality with some airlines; companies like Sky Way plan to use in-flight Wi-Fi as part of a video-capturing 'black box' with consumer online access as a side bonus. 802.11 Planet has the complete story.

  Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Linksys has added the Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge (WET54G) to its 802.11g Wireless-G line of products. The $199 WET54G bridge allows any device equipped with an Ethernet Port to connect to a wireless network. The WET54G is driver-free and supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) for easy deployment. On a Wireless-G network, the bridge speeds data at up to 54Mbps, and is also fully compatible with widely deployed 802.11b networks at speeds up to 11 Mbps. 802.11 Planet now has a story up on the WET54G release as well.

The range boundary of an access point is very important when determining the radio frequency coverage of a WLAN. Discover several methods for defining range boundaries so you'll know which ones you should use in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

  Friday, May 23, 2003

The long wait is nearly over for official approval of the 802.11g wireless networking specification. The latest version of the spec, version 8.2, was completed last week and is expected to be the final form of the proposed standard. The lone remaining hurdle is official "signatory" approval by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which is expected at an upcoming meeting on June 12. Additional details are available in this story from 802.11 Planet.

802.11 Planet also has a full story on the D-Link outdoor wireless solutions and the home security internet camera announced yesterday.

In a race to bundle voice services along with high-speed data and video to its customers, Time Warner Cable is launching Voice over IP (VoIP) services to select customers. The launch is expected to serve as a test market for the number two cable company before it rolls out the service in major metro markets such as New York. Read more about it at

  Thursday, May 22, 2003

D-Link has launched two new wireless solutions designed specifically for outdoor use, the D-Link DWL-1700 AirPremier Outdoor Wireless Access Point and the D-Link DWL-1750 AirPremier Outdoor Wireless Bridge/Router. These new D-Link AirPremier products are available now at a MSRP of $1,199 and feature die-cast watertight housings with built-in lightning protection, Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, extended range, advanced firewall features, and compatibility with existing 802.11b compliant devices.

D-Link this week also announced the Home Security DCS-2100+ Enhanced 2.4 GHz Wireless Internet Camera, an all-in-one monitoring solution that incorporates high-end security features and broadcasts wirelessly to the Internet without compromising video and audio quality. The $399 D-Link DCS-2100+ can produce up to 30 frames a second at two separate resolutions using MPEG-4 compression.

Bluetooth and 802.11 operate in the same frequency band using very similar technologies. Learn how they compare and whether you should include Bluetooth as a potential solution for wireless LANs in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

  Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Two research firms recently confirmed that security issues have been keeping businesses both large and small from embracing wireless networks. Rogue WLAN access points and users are listed as the biggest fear by companies, and 802.11i might be the only concrete solution. Read more about it on 802.11 Planet.

Marvell recently announced the Libertas 802.11g family of Wireless LAN solutions, which the company touts as the ideal fit for the widest variety of wireless networking systems. The Marvell Libertas 802.11g solutions incorporate Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) support in an on-chip security acceleration engine and programmable Quality of Service (QoS).

Spectralink, a leader in wireless Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony using 802.11-based handset phones, yesterday unveiled a new product to let owners of traditional private branch exchange (PBX) phone systems in an enterprise business take advantage of VoIP phones. 802.11 Planet has the complete story.

  Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Imagine what you could do if your existing Ethernet network cabling could be combined with electrical power to fully support wireless access points, VoIP phone systems, security cameras, and a variety of other appliances. With an official IEEE standard for Power over Ethernet (PoE) expected to debut next month, now is a good time to evaluate the advantages that PoE can bring to your organization. Learn more in this tutorial from CrossNodes.

D-Link recently introduced the D-Link DGS-3224SR, a Layer 2 managed switch that provides clients with 24 10/100/1000Mbps ports, 4 combo ports that support small form-factor pluggable (SFP) Gigabit transceivers, and 2 rear 10Gbps stacking ports. The medium- to high-end enterprise-level switch combines the speed of Gigabit switch chassis-based stackable technology with the flexibility, versatility and value of a stackable solution.

  Monday, May 19, 2003

Intel is picking up the pace on introducing 802.11g technology into its products. The chipmaker has reportedly moved up the timeframe for implementing 802.11g technology in its Centrino line of chips and will release a Centrino package that includes combined 802.11b/802.11g support by the end of the year. Growing popularity in 802.11g and continued progress in the standards and interoperability approval process are driving Intel's accelerated schedule for 802.11g support.

Intersil's 802.11g-only chipset, PRISM GT, is now shipping to OEMs with support for the latest version of the 11g draft (revision 8.1), support for WPA/802.1X authentication, and a few other bells and whistles. The full story is available at 802.11 Planet.

Is a wireless switch in your Future? 802.11 Planet has a new tutorial available on what to look for in the product that will control your WLAN and the reasons you need one.

  Friday, May 16, 2003

According to Cisco, Ethernet's top speed could hit 40 gigabits per second within the next two years. The company says developing 40Gb Ethernet is a simpler technical challenge than creating a 100Gb Ethernet technology, which would be the next mathematical step. Cisco's flagship chassis-based enterprise switch line, the Catalyst 6500 Series, can already support 40 Gbps per interface card with the recently introduced Supervisor Engine 720.

  Thursday, May 15, 2003

Sony Japan has announced a new Linux-powered audio-visual router that combines the functions of a "traditional" gateway/router with those of a home multimedia server and Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless access point. According to Sony, the HN-RT1 broadband AV router connects home computers, media centers, and the Sony Playstation 2 to each other as well as to the Internet, using both wired and wireless connectivity.

NETGEAR will soon ship a new Broadband Gateway product based on Micrel's KS8695, a member of Micrel's "Centaur" family of high-performance gateway solutions featuring XceleRouter Technology. The Centaur family of network processors are capable of providing near wire-speed (100Mbps) WAN to LAN routing performance. The KS8695-based platform provides up to 6 times the routing performance of a typical gateway product.

Could Verizon's wireless Internet moves goose other telecoms into launching similar offerings? Experts say yes and explain why in this story from 802.11 Planet.

  Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Coaxsys, Inc. has come out of "stealth mode" today to announce the launch of the company as well as its breakthrough coaxial cable-based Pure Speed home networking system. Pure Speed networks will provide true 10/100Mb Ethernet speed over a home's existing coax cable, with numerous consumer applications, including home networking, true video on demand (VOD), online gaming, PC-centric video servers, and personal video recorders (PVRs).

Worldwide sales of wireless networking products grew in the first quarter, normally a slow period, according to a report released this week by the Dell'Oro Group. Revenue for wireless networking equipment was $411 million in the first quarter, with 802.11g-based products accounting for 16 percent of the sector's revenue.

Are you considering the implementation of multiple subnets across a WLAN? Learn more about Mobile IP as a possible solution so your users can roam where they want in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

  Tuesday, May 13, 2003

HP ProCurve Networking recently launched an integrated suite of mobility and convergence solutions that deliver enterprise-class security for both wired and wireless deployments. The suite includes the HP ProCurve Secure Access 700wl series with seamless roaming and state-of-the-art over-the-air data privacy, the HP ProCurve Enterprise Access Point 520wl with both 802.11a and 802.11b support, the HP ProCurve Switch 5300xl, and HP ProCurve's Power over Ethernet stackable switches.

  Monday, May 12, 2003

As most of the world moves on to 802.11a and/or g, one company hopes there's still life in 802.11b chips, and with low prices there probably is. Conexant Systems recently released the low-cost CX85410 chip, available standalone or as part of Conexant's home network processor for running broadband modems for DSL or cable systems -- letting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) build WLAN functions into the broadband modems. Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.

  Friday, May 9, 2003

PCTEL, the makers of software for Internet access via Wi-Fi and cellular networks, is releasing handheld Wi-Fi network monitoring software through its Dynamic Telecommunications (DTI) division. The software is called Segue WiFinder and works on the Windows PocketPC platform. Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.

  Thursday, May 8, 2003

Fortress Technologies now supports three-factor authentication on its AirFortress Wireless Security Gateway product. The three factors of authentication covered are at the network, device, and user levels. AirFortress Gateways have also been upgraded to feature hot failover so that if two or more gateways are in use, one can take over for another during a failure. Additional details can be found at 802.11 Planet.

Chipmaker Transmeta recently announced that Microsoft has handpicked it as a reference design partner to help develop the next generation of its Smart Displays. Code named "Mira," the wireless touch screen monitor can access a main PC running Microsoft Windows XP from up to approximately 100 feet away in a home or office via an 802.11b wireless connection. The displays are expected to hit the market in February 2004. The full story is available at 802.11 Planet.

  Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Before the end of the year a couple of software solutions should turn wireless boxes into access points: PCTEL's will work with just about any laptop, while chip-designer Synad uses its software to make instant dual-band access points with its Mercury silicon. Details on these new software-based access points (or "soft APs") are available at 802.11 Planet.

  Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Now that Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is arriving in an 802.11 product installed near you, you're probably asking how you can actually use it and is it worth upgrading to in the long run? If so, this column from 802.11 Planet is for you.

D-Link will be providing Microsoft with wireless connectivity via the D-Link DCF-660W Air Wireless Compact Flash Adapter for Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 Mobile Admin Pack. The Air Wireless Compact Flash Adapter delivers Internet connectivity to any Type I or Type II PDA with the ability to transmit files at up to 11Mbps. When used in conjunction with the Microsoft Mobile Admin Pack, D-Link Air Wireless Compact Flash Adapter can keep users connected to the corporate servers featuring Windows Server 2003, enabling IT professionals to monitor services and network connectivity, troubleshoot problems, and implement changes from any wireless connection or hotspot.

WildPackets has confirmed that the version 2.0 releases of their WLAN analyzers AiroPeek and AiroPeek NX, scheduled to ship in May, will support the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) wireless security initiative. In order to support the WPA security initiative, AiroPeek and AiroPeek NX will be able to decode the 802.11 management frames that are necessary to set up the encrypted traffic. Both applications will also conveniently display the encryption and authentication state in their new SSID Tree.

  Monday, May 5, 2003

At last week's N+I show, the biggest bets weren't being placed at the craps table or the roulette wheel, but instead on who will come out ahead in the nascent field of wireless network switches. 802.11 Planet has more on the budding "Switch Wars."

D-Link says it will provide Wi-Fi Protected Access support for the majority of its wireless products very soon, though not on the original Air 802.11b product line. Additional details are available at 802.11 Planet.

  Friday, May 2, 2003

IT managers often overlook the possibility of a denial of service (DoS) attacks on a WLAN. Understand the different type of attacks and what you can do to ensure they don't cause undo harm in this tutorial from 802.11 Planet.

SMC Networks recently announced its products will meet the new Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) industry standard by the end of June. Additional details are available on 802.11 Planet.

  Thursday, May 1, 2003

Atheros says its Super G and Super A/G capabilities can push wireless LAN throughput to 90 Megabits per second in real-world use using a mixture of packet burst mode, compression, dual-channel use, and modulation tricks. Read more about it at 802.11 Planet.

D-Link will soon feature Wi-Fi(R) Protected Access (WPA) security standard support in its AirPlus, AirPremiere, AirPlus Xtreme G, and AirXpert AGB wireless networking product lines. Available in Q2 2003, WPA will be featured in shipping D-Link products and available to current users with a free firmware download. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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