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Monday, 30 July 2001
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.

Tribes 2001 Summer Games Tournament poster

- ECost/PCMall/MacMall have a $50 mail-in rebate on the SMC Barricade from now through August 2, bringing the cost to $50. [Thnx Jim Sabol and David Morton!]

- Proxim's running a $25 mail-in rebate promotion on their Symphony HRF (HomeRF) products [reviewed here and here] 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 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. Read the entire press release here.  

Nexland also recently renewed their Alliance Partner Agreement with Bell Canada for another year [read Press Release].

- 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 keysGo 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 info.

- 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 performanceGo to our Help page for the download link.

- EETimes posted news today about a dual mode 802.11a/b chipset from a California startup.  Envara's 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 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.  The FR3004LC 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 be lacking.

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.  Read 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.  Get the rebate form here.

- also has the XRouter Aero Wireless Router for $220 after $40 mail in rebate. Good thru 31 July. [Thnx Monty Solomon!]

Thursday, 19 July 2001
- Tiger 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 expanding Wireless 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

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- A Gold double-header!  That's how we describe our two new reviews of ORiNOCO's USB Gold and PC Card Gold 802.11b client adapters!  See why they made our Practically Recommended list!

Monday, 16 July 2001
- Linksys just sent us 1.1 Rel04 BETA firmware for their BEFW11P1 Wireless RouterGo 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, Download the coupon (.pdf format) for the full details. [Thnx Chris Castro!]

- 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 list.  Go 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 for $249 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!]

- 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? 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 the Xircom 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 the review!

- 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 good links!

- 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 page.

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 & Articles pages.

- SMC has released 1.93e firmware for their wired and wireless Barricade routersGo to the Help page for the ReadMes and download links. [Thnx Stephen Hahn!]

- Intel now has a product web page up on their upcoming 802.11b Wireless Gateway.

Wednesday, 11 July 2001
- Linksys has released 1.37.9b firmware for their BEFW11S4 Wireless router. Go to the Help page for the download info and Readme. [Thnx Raymond Ocampo!]

- Linksys has also re-released the Wireless Bridging update for their WAP11 Wireless Access PointGo to this page for release info and download links.[Thnx Michael Lauffer!]

- J&R 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!

- Amazon has the D-Link DI-804 4 port 10/100 router for $50 after mail-in rebate. [Thnx Edward Hasbrouck!]

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.

- NETGEAR announced today that they've decided to join Panasonic in offering "multimedia" wireless products based on Sharewave's Whitecap1 technology.  The WA301 11Mbps Multimedia Wireless PCI Adapter and WE102 11Mbps Multimedia Wireless to Ethernet Bridge will be available this month for on-line prices of around $120 and $160 respectively.  NETGEAR is also offering the WB302 starter kit ($280), which contains one each of the WA301 and WE102.

NETEGEAR Multimedia wireless product shot

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 review.

- 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 why.

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 show 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] [PC Card]

-SMC 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 NetJet4000 with no router, the NetJet4010, with built-in 1 port router, and NetJet4014, with built-in router and 4 port 10/100 switch. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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