Saturday, 30 June 2001
- Don't ask us why it's so cheap, but Panasonic has their
Broadband Networking Gateway [read
review] in their on-line
store for $99... an unheard of price for
an Ethernet + HPNA router! [Thnx Joe Hoang!]
reported late Friday that MaxGate is getting
into the DSL modem business. The new line is called
NetJet and according to the article is available immediately.
However, there's no sign of them on MaxGate's Web site. We'll
post a link to the info when MaxGate makes it available.
- Outpost.com has the SMC
4 port Barricade for $50
after rebate. If you want it, do it now because
the rebate expires after tomorrow,
Friday, 29 June 2001
- We've had a number of reports of problems with the procedure
that we posted for the Linksys Static Routing page fix.
Thanks to Samuel Kelly, we've revised the instructions, so go
read 'em again if you've run into trouble with this
Thursday, 28 June 2001
- Linksys sent us a fix for a missing Static Routing page
problem on their 4 port router. Go
here for the info.
Wednesday, 27 June 2001
-Panasonic's Concourse Broadband Networking Gateway came
through our review in pretty good shape. They still have
some work to do, though, so check
out the review and see what it is!
- HomePlug power line networking chip maker Intellon
that Linksys and Cayman Systems have signed up
to use their INT5130 PowerPacket™ chipset in upcoming
products. This chipset is the only HomePlug 1.0-compliant game
in town and is said to give "10Base-T" like
speeds in typical home powerline environments.
- Phonex Broadband also announced
at PCExpo that they'll soon have real power line networking
product to ship. Their NeverWire
14 is based on Intellon's chipset (see above item),
and initial shipments will be to their "technology partners".
Retail U.S. shipments are said to begin in late October
of this year at a suggested retail of about $100 per
node. International availability will be in 2002.
- TZO has released Version 1.64
of their client software that includes a control panel for TZO
account administration. They're also offering a $50
discount on their DNS
Forwarding service for members of their Premier
Dynamic DNS service.
- Intel announced their 802.11b Wireless
Gateway yesterday at PCExpo [read
press release]. For $299 (list) you
get a wireless router that can support up to 32 users and has
128 bit WEP encryption. Product is supposed to be available
Tuesday, 26 June 2001
- Linksys has issued 1.37.9b BETA firmware
for their BEFW11S4 wireless router. Go
to our Help
page for the download link and info.
- Because of the problems that many users have reported with
upgrading, Linksys has temporarily
removed the WAP11 firmware update that adds wireless bridging
capability. The updated
WAP11 Utility is still posted, though. They'll let us
know when they've posted a replacement release.
- We finally tested D-Link's Wireless Broadband
router and guess what? It made our Recommended
the review and see why!
Monday, 25 June 2001
- Nexland's PRO800 Turbo router has generated
a lot of interest, seeing that it's the first consumer-priced
dual WAN port router! We just got finished with
our testing, so check
out the review!
-3Com just sent us an announcement for their
LAN Access Point 6000 and Wireless
XJack PC Card. The 6000 is "enterprise grade"
$520) and the PC card...with its cute pop-out antenna...
ain't cheap either at about $160
- $170 online.
- If you've been having trouble with the Linksys WAP11
firmware update, check out this
thread in our Forum.
- Probably old news to some, but it was new to us that
Technology has exited the Networking product
business (in April...yeah we gotta pay better attention
to this stuff!). They've decided to focus exclusively
on memory products. You wouldn't know it from their Web
site, however, which still lists their non-memory product
lines as they sell off their inventory.
Saturday, 23 June 2001
- Linksys has released 1.39 firmware
for their 1, 4 and USB port routers. Go to our Help
page for the download link.
- Linksys also released version 1.4f
firmware for their WAP11 Access Point
This release is interesting because it adds Wireless
Bridging, MAC Address filtering, and
IP address filtering capabilities. This
would make the WAP11 the first consumer priced 802.11b
Wireless Bridge (current web pricing is under $200)!
Similar products from SMC and Buffalo Technology sell for around
$450. The update also adds 128-bit
WEP encryption. Looks like there's also a new
version of the WAP11 utility, too. Go
to the WAP11 review
page for the download links.
Friday, 22 June 2001
- Microsoft just sent us a white paper on the
NAT Transversal capability that they're trying
to get router & gateway manufacturers to line up behind.
NAT Transversal is being proposed as part of Microsoft's
and Play (UPnP) technology platform and will allow
applications and routers/gateways that support NAT Transversal
to talk to each other and automatically set up static port mappings.
If you'd like a copy of the paper, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with "Internet Gateway" in the subject.
Wednesday, 20 June 2001
- If you have a Linksys WAP11 or NETGEAR
ME102 Access Point, you should read this just-released
ISS XForce Security advisory. Home users probably
don't need to worry, but business users should take note! [Thnx
Thomas Althoff & Doug Rollins!]
- This other
ISS XForce Security advisory should be read by users
of Symbol Technologies based 802.11b Access Points
(3Com Airconnect, Intel Pro 2011, etc.). It details another
SNMP related security flaw.
- ZyXEL has posted Version 3.24 firmware
for their P312 and ZyWall10
Firewall routers. Go to our Help
page for the download link. [Thnx David Smith!]
Tuesday, 19 June 2001
- Our review of SMC's 11Mbps Wireless USB adapter
found that it performs very nicely and doesn't slow down with
WEP enabled. Read the
- As promised, we've got our review of NETGEAR's
brand-new RP334 Cable/DSL Phoneline router.
- After some detective work with Broadcom and Linksys,
we were able to get better performance from Linksys'
HPRO200 Phoneline router. Check the updated
review for the details!
Monday, 18 June 2001
- NETGEAR announced its RP334
Cable/DSL Phoneline router today. It's essentially
an RP114 router [read
review] plus PE102 HPNA to Ethernet bridge [read
review] in one box. On-line
priced at about $245 and with a 3 port
10/100 switch, it's a little pricey, but a good performer.
Our review should be up later today or early tomorrow, so check
Thursday, 14 June 2001
- SMC will be posting new firmware
for their "A" version Wireless Barricade
in a few days, but they've let us post it now! The 1.93a1
version allows you to control which wired and
wireless clients can connect by their MAC addresses.
It also allows you to control which wireless clients
can associate with the Access Point. These capabilities
help strengthen wireless security, so go get
the download now!
- We've had many requests for a look at SMC's new
version of their popular Wireless Barricade router,
so we took a look. What we found was that it's not just
a cosmetic makeover, so better read
Wednesday, 13 June 2001
-Linksys has released 1.37.2b firmware
for their BEFW11S4 Wireless router and also
made BETA 1.37.9a firmware available.
Go to the Linksys
Help page for download info and links.
- 3Com has discontinued
their 3C510 Home Ethernet Gateway.
Guess we'll have to wait for the other shoe (their Home Wireless
Gateway) to drop!
Tuesday, 12 June 2001
- NETGEAR has posted product info on their
Web site on their new MR314
Cable/DSL wireless router that they announced at Networld+Interop
Japan last week. Also put up a new press
release, too! Pricegrabber
shows pricing to be about $250, but it's not
in stock yet.
- Linksys has posted info about their upcoming
V2.5 802.11b PC Card. Their Web site page says it has
a "new, higher powered antenna" and
"improved error correction in the chipset".
Both changes are aimed at getting "higher transmission
rates for longer distances", which seems to be
reported weakness of the present model. [Thnx Kalani!]
- How about an SMC Barricade [read
review] for $56? Computers4Sure
has a $50 mail-in rebate that'll do it! [Thnx
- According to
this Reuters report, Motorola has reaffirmed
their commitment to the HomeRF platform, saying
that they'll embed HomeRF into their cable modems and set-top
may be keeping their wireless networking options open.
They yesterday announced
that Motorola would be distributing their SimpleFi
wireless digital audio receiver, which they have been demonstrating
using a Proxim HomeRF wireless adapter.
However, when we asked SimpleDevices' PR firm whether SimpleFi
was still using HomeRF as its wireless connectivity, they replied:
"The SimpleDevices platform is agnostic and is not limited
to using HomeRF--HomeRF has just been what the products have
been demo'd using in the past."
-3Com has released 1.12 firmware
for their Home Wireless Gateway that "fixes
a NAT issue and also allows an IP address to be obtained from
certain ISPs". Go to the 3Com
support site for the download. [Thnx Stephen!]
- Version 1.1 of the Linksys log analysis tool, LinkLogger
has been released, adding printing/copying/exporting of reports
and graphs, among its improvements. Go to the Tools
page if you're interested.
Monday, 11 June 2001
- It may be old news to some, but it's new to us that there
seems to be a reliability problem with some
Apple AirPort Base stations. If your
AirPort Base has started to continually reboot, better get on
over to this page
for the info! [Thanks Todd!]
- The Amazon.com $50 rebate we posted last
Wednesday is gone, but the coupon code and SMC
$20 mail-in rebates still apply.
TechBargains' Coupons page to see if there are other
Amazon coupons that apply! [Thnx Bill Burns!]
- Linksys looks like they've reduced
prices on many of their products by $10 to
$40. If you've been thinking of picking up something,
go check PriceGrabber
for their latest prices.
Thursday, 7 June 2001
- We've posted 1.39 BETA firmware for the Linksys
BEFSR11, 41, and U31 routers. Go
here for the download.
Wednesday, 6 June 2001
- Staples is running the following Linksys mail-in rebate deals:
Be sure to check Techbargains.com
for Staples coupons for even more savings!
is running the following specials through the end of June:
BroadGuard reg. 179.99 sale 139.99
NetBlaster II reg. 249.99 sale 229.99
NetBlaster II PC Card reg. 169.99 sale
NetBlaster II PCI Card reg. 199.99 sale
Free 2nd day air shipping on all orders over $250.00 in contenental
Free ground shipping on all orders under $250.00 in contenental
-NETGEAR has released 3.25 firmware
for their RT311 and 314 routers.
This release adds port range forwarding capability!
Go to the Help
page for download info and ReadMe.
is offering a $50 mail-in rebate off the SMC7004BR
(read our review),
for a net price of $50, plus free shipping!
[Thnx Fred Haskins!]
Update! Enter coupon code DEALJUNEHAND
at the checkout and get another $10 off! [Thnx Scott Keen!]
Monday, 4 June 2001
-Linksys let us know that their EtherFast
Wireless AP + Cable/DSL Router with 4-Port Switch (BEFW11S4)
review) has won PC World's 2001 World Class
Award for Best Home Networking Kit. Congratulations!
- NETGEAR announced their MR314 Wireless
Router at Networld+Interop Japan today. Read the Press
- Maxgate has extended their rebates on their
Ugate 3300, 3200P,
and 3100 through the end of June. Go
to their Web site for the details. [Thnx Paulo Lopes!]
- Get the SMC SMC7004AWBR Barricade Wireless Broadband
Router for $179 from Amazon after
SMC coupon & $30 Amazon.com coupon code DEALMAYTABLE.
[Thnx Frank Baitman!]
- Nexland has posted BETA Version
1 Release 3d firmware for their Pro400
and Pro800 ISB routers. Go
to their FTP site for the download.
Saturday, 2 June 2001
- SMC has $20 rebates on a
number of products through 30 June, including
pretty much all their current wireless and Barricade
router products. Go
here for the info and rebate coupon link! [Thnx Walter
Friday, 1 June 2001
- We test our second 802.11b wireless USB adapter by putting
the Linksys Wireless USB adapter through our
torture test. See