- U.S. Robotics' Model 8000 router has
a familiar look to it. Read
the review and see how familiar it really is!
Sunday, 29 July 2001
- SMC Europe is giving away a FREE
SMC2632W Wireless PCMCIA Card to anyone who purchases
a SMC Wireless Barricade router before Aug 31.
Only residents of EEC countries
are eligible! Go
to this page for the details. [Thnx Jason Taylor!]
Friday, 27 July 2001
- If you're a Tribes 2 player, hop
on over and register for the Summer
Games 2001 Tournament jointly sponsored by
D-Link, Sierra, and
VitalStream. It's free
& open to the public with up to $30,000
dollars in prizes.
have a $50 mail-in rebate on the SMC
Barricade from now through August 2,
bringing the cost to $50. [Thnx Jim Sabol and
- Proxim's running a $25 mail-in rebate
promotion on their Symphony HRF (HomeRF) products
and a $35 rebate on their Symphony
Open Air standard products. Go
to this page for the info.
Thursday, 26 July 2001
- Nexland just announced an agreement with
Tzolkin Corp to integrate the TZO.com
Dynamic DNS client into their entire line of SOHO
and Pro series routers. Products with the integrated
client are scheduled to start shipping early next month.
The integration will include a free 30 day trial
for Nexland related domains and discounts for other TZO services.
the entire press release here.
Nexland also recently renewed their Alliance Partner
Agreement with Bell Canada for another year [read
- Outpost.com has made the Asante
FriendlyNET deal a little less attractive. It's now
$100 for the FR3004C
(no printserver). The FR3004LC
version is still $120.
- Two readers sent in an easier way to work around
the ORiNOCO Summer 2001 release Hex WEP key
problem. Go to this
page for more info.
Wednesday, 25 July 2001
- Reader Jonathan Sadler reports, and ORiNOCO confirms, a problem
with ORiNOCO's just released Summer 2001 Software release.
The summary of the problem is that most Windows users can't
enter Hexadecimal WEP keys. Go
to this page for more info.
Tuesday, 24 July 2001
- Asante's FriendlyNET Wireless Cable/DSL router
has lauched them into the wireless routing market. Our
review will tell you where they land!
- SMC has allowed us to post 1.14
BETA firmware for the "A" version
of the 4 port Barricade. Go
to the Help page for the release notes and download
- ORiNOCO issued a press
release today that describes the features in the Summer
2001 Software release. They also announced WiFi
certification for the RG-1000 Gateway.
Go here for
the download links.
Monday, 23 July 2001
- SMC has posted 1.13 firmware
for the Barricade "A" version router
on their Support site. This version improves routing
to our Help page for the download link.
posted news today about a dual mode
802.11a/b chipset from a California startup.
design heavily leverages work on an 802.11a only chipset
that's due to start sampling in 2Q 2002.
The dual-mode solution is supposed to follow
in 4Q 2002. That's a loooong time from
now, folks! Read Envara's
press release too! [Thnx Brian Barrera!]
- Judging from our overflowing email in-box this morning,
there are lots of folks out there who haven't taken precautions
against the Sircam
worm. Do yourself a favor and update your anti-virus
program and do a system scan!
- ORiNOCO's Summer 2001 software release for
their entire line of wireless products is out. Go
here for the download links. [Thnx Johan Hübner!]
- We got a little confused on the Outpost.com Asante FriendlyNET
router deals that we listed in Friday's news. The $80
is for the FR3004C
model, which doesn't include a print server.
model, which includes a print server will cost
you $120, with the same $20 rebate applied.
Outpost also has an rebate expiration date of 7/30 posted for
the FR3004C deal, but the rebate coupon says the offer's good
on either box through 30 Sept. [Thnx Anderson!]
-Network Computing has done their usual fine
review job with the Xircom
802.11b Handspring Springport module. This one
has a little more detail on performance, which they found to
Friday, 20 July 2001
- Just got word that Cirrus Logic is acquiring
Sharewave, originators of the multimedia oriented
Whitecap wireless protocol. Cirrus will
pay $92M in a stock-for-stock transaction.
the full press release here.
has the Asante FriendlyNET
router for $80 after $20 mail-in rebate.
Plenty of time on this one because the rebate's through 30
September! [Thnx Monty Solomon!]
- Helpful reader John Williams pointed out that the SMC
2655W Access Point that we just reviewed is included
in the SMC $20 rebates. Good through July 31.
the rebate form here.
also has the XRouter Aero Wireless Router for $220
after $40 mail in rebate. Good thru 31 July. [Thnx Monty
Thursday, 19 July 2001
Direct has the SMC
4 port Barricade for $50 after a $50
mail-in rebate. The rebate is only good through this Sunday
22 July! [Thnx again, Cory Olenick!]
- We missed a couple of things in yesterday's
SMC Access Point review,
so it's been updated and reposted.
- We've added a link to a good How-To article on making
your own Power Over Ethernet injector. Go to the ever
Networking Reference section to grab the link.
Wednesday, 18 July 2001
- SMC's new 11Mbps Access Point
is a definite step up from their previous offering. Read
the review to see what we liked!
has the D-Link DI-804 router for $50
after $30 mail-in rebate. [Thnx Cory Olenick!]
Tuesday, 17 July 2001
Monday, 16 July 2001
- Linksys just sent us 1.1 Rel04 BETA
firmware for their BEFW11P1 Wireless Router.
Go to the
Help page for the download info.
- D-Link is running a $20 off promotion
on their DI-704, DI-711, DI-713P, DI-714, DWL1000AP,
and DSS-8+ until July 31.
You have to purchase from certain (mostly on-line) retailers,
but the list includes buy.com, Amazon.com. Download
the coupon (.pdf format) for the full details. [Thnx
- Did you know that you can now download FREE copies
of IEEE 802 series standards? Well, now you do!
The only catch is that there's a six month delay
after initial publication before they're added to the download
to the "Get IEEE 802" Web site to get 'em!
- CompUSA has the Linksys
BEFSR81 8 port router for $150
after instant and mail-in rebates. They also have the
SMC Wireless Barricade
and will throw in a matching Wireless PC card for free
(after rebates) when you buy the Barricade! Check this
flyer (.pdf format) for more details! [Thnx Monty Solomon!]
- Buy.com has an even better deal, if you
just need a Wireless
Barricade. $210 after $20
mail-in rebate! A Wireless
PC card will run you $100 after another
$20 mail-in rebate.
- How low can they go? Outpost.com
has the SMC Wireless
Barricade for $180 after $20 mail-in
rebate. Offer's good until 31 July! [Thnx Stephen Yu!]
- Helpful reader Monty Solomon pointed out that the latest
1.93e firmware for the new SMC Wireless Barricade
(AWBR version only) adds support for Appletalk
bridging between wireless and wired LAN segments.
Go to the Help page
for the download and ReadME links!
Sunday, 15 July 2001
- We've done some reorganization in our Wireless
Networking sections. We've moved the Wireless
Security article links to their own page, and added
a new page on "Community"
Wireless Networking and Wireless
Range Boosting and Antennas.
- The folks at IBM Security Research have
come up with something they call the Wireless Security
Auditor (WSA). WSA is an IBM research prototype of
an 802.11 wireless LAN security auditor, running on Linux on
an iPAQ PDA. Go
to their page for more info. [Thnx Monty Solomon!]
- We're still waiting for Xircom to send us
any of their 802.11b wireless products for
review. But it looks like the bigger guys are getting
their stuff! So we'll swallow our pride
and direct you to the O'Reilly Wireless Devcenter's review of
802.11b Springport module for the Handspring Visor.
Friday, 13 July 2001
- We took a quick look at NETGEAR's ND520
Network Disk Drive. Unfortunately, we were disappointed
in what we found. Read
- Bob Cringely, of PBS fame, gives details
on the 802.11b
setup he uses to get his long-range wireless DSL connection
(from a cooperative neighbor). Make sure you click on the "I
Like It!" button in at the top of the article to get more
- If you need help deciphering the SMC Barricade System
Log entries, this MS
Word document provided by SMC can help!
- We have 2.39 BETA firmware for the Linksys
BEFSR81 router available for download. Go to the Help
Thursday, 12 July 2001
- If you've missed the recent articles about "War
Driving" and Marius Milner's Network Stumbler
wireless LAN mapping utility, we've added links to
the Wireless Tools
- SMC has released 1.93e firmware
for their wired and wireless Barricade routers.
Go to the Help page
for the ReadMes and download links. [Thnx Stephen Hahn!]
- Intel now has a product web page up on their
Wednesday, 11 July 2001
- Linksys has released 1.37.9b firmware
for their BEFW11S4 Wireless router. Go to the
for the download info and Readme. [Thnx Raymond Ocampo!]
- Linksys has also re-released the Wireless
Bridging update for their WAP11 Wireless Access
to this page for release info and download links.[Thnx
has the SMC7004ABR 4
port router for $60 after a $50
mail-in rebate! Hurry, because the rebate offer
ends this Sunday 15 July! [Thnx Jeremy Kurtz!]
Tuesday, 10 July 2001
-Out with the old, in with the new. SMC's updated their Barricade,
so read the review!
has the D-Link DI-804 4 port 10/100 router
for $50 after mail-in rebate. [Thnx Edward
Monday, 9 July 2001
- SMC has posted 1.93c firmware
for their older 7004BR Barricade router.
This adds the MAC address access controls and
other fixes that were recently posted for the discontinued WBR
wireless version. Go
to the Help page for the download link.
- Panasonic took a different road than other
vendors by choosing Sharewave's Whitecap wireless
networking technology. We checked out their 11Mbps
Wireless LAN PC card to see if really did offer enhanced
wireless multimedia performance. See
what we found in the review.
Saturday, 7 July 2001
- AMIT has released 1.93c firmware
for the non-wireless Barricade router. This
release adds MAC address access controls and other features.
Go to the Help page
for the download. [Thnx Chris Castro!]
- We got the new "A" version of
SMC's popular Barricade router
and should have the review up in a day or so. All we'll
say right now is that it's not what we expected!
Thursday, 5 July 2001
- SMC has come through for owners of the older,
discontinued model Wireless Barricade (SMC7004WBR). The
new Version 1.93c firmware adds MAC address
control and other features that were added to the newer
"A" version of the router by the 1.93a update. It's not on the
SMC site yet, but we've got it for download, so go to the Help
page for the links!
Wednesday, 4 July 2001
- NETGEAR's new MR314 Cable/DSL Wireless Router
has one more port than the other guys, but is missing a few
other things. See for yourself in the
- Bothered by a hissing sound from your router, wireless
AP or other networking equipment? Don't worry, it's nothing
to be concerned about. See
Tuesday, 3 July 2001
- Mark Naber sent us this link to Robert
Cringley's latest column about how he used 802.11b to
get DSL service.
- We've added a new page "Securing
Your Wireless Network" to our Wireless Help section.
Give it a look!
-Agere has reduced prices on many of their ORiNOCO
802.11b wireless products, including $50 (list
price) reductions on their Gold and Silver USB clients,
RG-1000 Residential Gateway, and RG-1000 Starter kit.
List prices were also reduced by $400 on their AP-500
Access Point, $100 on their AP-1000 Access Point
and $50 on their OR-1000 Outdoor router.
Monday, 2 July 2001
-What do you get when you combine an obsolete PrimeStar satellite
TV dish with an empty juice can? Why a high-gain
directional 802.11b antenna, of course! Let Rob Frohne
you how it's done. [Thnx bowwow!]
- CompUSA has the NETGEAR
RT314 4 port router for $50 after $80 worth of
rebates! They also have the Panasonic
Broadband Networking Gateway for $100, no rebate
required! [Thnx Tolunay!]
- We put off reviewing Proxim's HomeRF Cordless Gateway
and PC card for a long time. But what we found blew
us away, so you better read the reviews! [Gateway]
announced their agreement to source Luxul's
line of 2.4GHz Hi-Gain wireless antennas to complement
their 802.11b product line. Check
out the range specs on these babies! Be warned, however,
that they're intended more for "enterprise" than consumer
use and are on-line priced from $180-$230
and require hunky Type N connectors and special cable.
- Today is the official launch date for MaxGate's
ADSL modem line. They've launched three models, the
with no router, the NetJet4010,
with built-in 1 port router, and NetJet4014,
with built-in router and 4 port 10/100 switch.