Thursday, 27 September
-Actiontec just announced
new products based on Atheros'
802.11a AR5000 chipset. The first two products,
debuting in November, will be an 802.11a Wireless Card
and 802.11a Wireless Access Point, with suggested
retail prices of $169 and $499,
respectively. Two other OEM-only products,
a Mini PCI 802.11a Wireless Card & Mini
PCI 802.11a Wireless Combo Card (which includes a 56K
Modem) will follow in December.
- Arescom recently introduced
two 802.11b wireless routers. The ARESGATE
1000 Pro LAN Gateway lists for $229
and includes both Ethernet and a built-in 56K dialup modem
for WAN connection. The ARESGATE 1000 LAN Gateway
is the same product, but without the built-in modem, listing
for $209. Arescom is running a $50
off promotion in their on-line
store until October 31. [Thnx Phil
Wednesday, 26 September
- Linksys announced
the official release of the enhanced security and antivirus
protection firmware upgrade for their BEFSR11
and SR41 routers. The new firmware adds an
admin page to the router where users can order a bundle of Zone
Labs' ZoneAlarm Pro personal firewall and Trend
Micro's PC-cillin anti-virus applications, in 4,
8, 25 or 50 user bundles at a savings of about 70%
off the list price of both products. Users can
also purchase a ZoneAlarm Pro only bundle and
save about 60% off list. You can go to this
page on the Linksys site for the download, or just use
their usual Firmware
[NOTE: Although the news release doesn't say
so, this bundle is also available on the BEFSRU31
USB port router.]
- SMC has released new 1.93p firmware
for their 7004AWBR wireless router. Go
to our Help Page
for the ReadMe and download link.[Thnx Brett Dunst & Michael
- Intersil announced
a new Access-Point-on-a-chip reference design platform
yesterday. The hardware side of the design, an ARM9
based MAC, has actually been around for about a year.
What's new in this package is the inclusion of uCLinux-based
OS, instead of a lower-level real time OS. This
should give product designers a richer (and more familiar) development
environment. The hardware is available now,
and the uCLinux OS is in BETA test, with customer
shipments starting in November. Pricing
has not yet been set, but will be in line with other OEM design
- There's a pretty interesting free utility
that will work with most PRISM based 802.11b PC client
adapter and Windows 95/98/98SE.
It doesn't allow you to change card settings, but can give you
plenty of quantitative info about signal quality, and even let
you do a VSWR test on your antenna system.
Go to our Wireless
Tools page for a screenshot and download link. [Thnx
Tuesday, 25 September
- An alert reader tipped us to a security
problem with routers OEM'd from AMIT.
These include older SMC Barricade, and some
D-Link models, as well as others. The problem
allows the admin page password to be viewed via the IE History
folder. Go to this
page for the details.
just launched a redesigned Web site,
and, of course, it looks like they broke all our links. So,
bear with us while we get them repaired!
has the D-Link DI-713P
wireless router for $170 after $50
mail-in rebate. Pick
up a DWL-650
wireless PC card for about $84, after $10 mail-in
- The September
edition of the HomeRF High Frequency News (PDF
only) mentions that work has started on the HomeRF 3.0
spec. According to the newsletter: "two separate
working groups have been formed. One is aimed at the development
of a new, high performance, physical layer.
The other is charged with identifying changes to the
MAC protocols that will allow the network to gain maximum
advantage from the high data rate physical layer".
Monday, 24 September
- We've updated our WinXP/ORiNOCO
Gold help page with some info that may prove helpful
if you're trying to get this combination working.
- 3COM has released new firmware for their
Gateway. They say "This firmware upgrade fixes
a NAT issue and also allows an IP address to be obtained from
certain ISPs." Go
to this 3COM page for the download. [Thnx Vinny Benfanti!]
Friday, 21 September
- AMIT has released 1.93p broadband
router and 1.93e wireless router firmware.
These can be used with the old versions of the SMC Barricades,
as well as other routers. Go
to the Help Page for the download links and ReadMes.
- We've updated the ZyWALL10
review with a few more details on the Content
Wednesday, 19 September
- Buffalo Tech's 802.11b wireless USB adapter
seems to have a split personality. Read
the review to see what we mean!
-Sonicwall has released 184.108.40.206 firmware
for their Internet Security Appliance line. Among its fixes,
the update includes a fix for a Content Filter list
update bug. Release
notes are here. [Thnx John Petrella!]
- The anti-virus program vendors now have updates
out for the Nimda/Readme virus. So
go and update your anti-virus software! If you're an IE
or MS Outlook user, you should run Windows
Update to get the latest patches for them, too!
- SMC yesterday announced their entry into
the cable modem business with the introduction
of their EZ Connect USB/Ethernet Cable Modem (SMC8002CM).
The product is a DOCSIS 1.0 -certified broadband
modem that can connect to your LAN or computer via its Ethernet
or USB ports. Pricing and availability
info were not available.
Tuesday, 18 September
- The nasty new "Nimda"
or "Readme.exe" worm that just
appeared this morning spreads both via unpatched
MS IIS servers and email messages
via MS Outlook. Antivirus software updates are not
The virus arrives often with a garbled-looking subject
line. It doesn't appear to have a file attachment,
but when you click on the message in your e-mail client you're
prompted to run or save a file called either readme.exe
If you see this e-mail and message
click "Cancel" and then delete the e-mail immediately.
DO NOT -- repeat, DO NOT -- click OK to run or save the file
attachment. See this CNET
news item for more details.
- Tzolkin Corp. just announced
the introduction of AutoFailover.
Available now, AutoFailover is a server monitoring,
load balancing, and automatic failover
service. It's offered in SOHO ($30/month,
$300/year) and Enterprise ($100/month/ $1000/year)
flavors and can operate with static or dynamic IP addresses.
Saturday, 15 September
- New Version 2.31 firmware just released
for Buffalo Technology's WLA-L11 802.11b bridge
adds wireless AP to AP capability as well as
simultaneous wireless repeating (the ability
to communicate with wireless clients). This is a first
at this price point (about $220)! Go to our
Review page for
the download and ReadMe links. [Thnx Matt Sickles!]
Friday, 14 September
- SMC-Europe's site has new 1.93N firmware
for the discontinued SMC7004 and 7008 Barricade routers.
This upgrade adds 20 sets of forwarded port ranges,
as well as bugfixes. Go
to our Help page for the ReadMe and download link. [Thnx
Thursday, 13 September
- Zyxel's ZyWall 10 is a full-featured Stateful Inspection
router with the ability to handle multiple WAN IP addresses.
Check our review
for the full details.
- A few readers have pointed out a white paper by the
network security group in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing
(NAS) Division that describes a secure 802.11b wireless
networking system that they developed using freeware
tools. This paper does not contain implementation
details, but has contact info for the system's developers.
We've added the link to our Wireless
- A number of companies have recently announced or have had
systems that they say close 802.11b's security loopholes.
Note that these systems are not compatible with each other,
and also are not necessarily compatible with the 802.1x and
802.11i standards that are works in progress. Here
are links to some of these wireless security related products:
Wednesday, 12 September
- Asante announced
their AeroLAN AL2011 802.11b USB adapter yesterday.
Pricing looks to be in the $150- $170 range,
and the product should be available shortly.
- After some strong hints in the past few days, Intel
5000 802.11a product line yesterday at Networld+Interop.
The new products include an Access
Point, and Cardbus,
and mini-PCI adapaters, with suggested list prices of
$449, $179, and $229 respectively.
(No mini-PCI pricing was given.). The Access Point data
sheet says that an optional kit will provide both
802.11a and 802.11b operation, but no pricing or order code
is available. Intel says they're sampling these products
now, with volume shipments in November. [Thnx Monty Solomon!]
- In the same announcement, Intel also described the
series of enhanced 802.11b products. This new line adds
PCI and USB
client adapters to the PC card and Access Point of the previous
PRO/2011 line. Intel also said the new "B" line
has "enhanced performance", but didn't provide details
on what the enhancements were. Suggested list prices for the
USB and PCI adapters are $169, and $199 respectively.
Tuesday, 11 September
- Cayman announced
four security related add-on products for their 3220 and 2E
router lines. All products are available now from the Cayman
Web site or through resellers.
BreakWater Basic Firewall ($39.95)
[offers easily selectable firewall configurations]
BarrierReef Advanced Firewall ($99.95)
[configurable Stateful Inspection firewall, using Elron
Software's IM Firewall]
SafeHarbour VPN IPSec Tunnel ($149.95)
[provides single IPsec tunnel termination]
Security Monitoring ($9.95)
[monitors and records 8 security breach attempts]
- SMC has released 1.93n0 firmware
for their 7004AWBR wireless router. Go
to the Help page for readme and download link. [Thnx
Monday, 10 September
- Intermec announced
their MobileLAN access 2106 802.11a Access Point.
No pricing or availability info was available.
Saturday, 8 September
- Newcomer Crossport Systems' Pivio Plus is
a Network Security System that could be interesting to small
businesses who'd like to have a secure, shared Internet connection.
Read the review
to get the details.
has the SMC7004ABR
Barricade router for $40 with
free shipping after $40 mail-in rebate, and $10 off coupon.
Use coupon code AMZNDSVRCARD, AMZNSWEEPBBR, or AMZNSWEEPBXX.
[Thnx Will Stillwell & Athena!]
Friday, 7 September
- Linksys has posted a new WPC11
driver at their FTP site. The driver doesn't add any new
features, but is a "universal" driver
file for Win95, 98, NT, 2000, and Me. XP support is still
in the works, however. Click
here to download the file. [Thnx Larry Sargent!]
has the discontinued 3COM
3C510 router on sale for $50. Remember
that you should be able to use AMIT
firmware to update it. Tiger still is closing
for $90, too! [Thnx Robert Huber!]
Thursday, 6 September
- Windows XP RC2 users who want to
use an ORiNOCO Gold 802.11b wireless PC card
may run into trouble. See this Help
page for the details.
Wednesday, 5 September
- Maybe you're tired of the "war driving"
articles where the authors marvel over all the 802.11b
networks they pick up while driving around that don't
have WEP encryption enabled. But at least this
one over at Extreme Tech has a good section on what
to do to protect your wireless network against being snooped.
- Reader Mayly Sanchez tipped us to a Linux driver
for 802.11b cards that use the Intersil PRISM II
chipset. This driver even supports using the card as an
Access Point! Go
to our Linux Wireless page for the download info.
- Back in May,
we told you about a router that would connect
to a USB DSL modem, but was for sale only in
Europe. Seems that Draytek has recently
been testing the waters for their Vigor2200USB
router with BellSouth, and things are looking good.
So it's possible that BellSouth customers may soon be able to
get routing with their ADSL USB modems!
Tuesday, 4 September
is clearing out the old
SMC7004BR Barricade routers for $50
after $50 mail-in rebate. Offer good through this Saturday
8 September. [Thnx Brad Skarupa!]
Monday, 3 September
has XSense's XRouter Pro for $100
after $30 mail in rebate. Good through 31 Oct. [Thnx Anderson!]
- We've added a link to Jon MacKay's Linksys Logger,
the first Linux/OpenBSD logging tool for the
Linksys BEF line of routers. Go to the Tools
Saturday, 1 September
- Cayman's 2E-H-W11 doesn't have
a very snazzy name, but it does have some unique features for
an 802.11b wireless router. Our
review will get you acquainted with what it can do!
- D-Link sent along a press release for their
802.11b Wireless Print Server. It has three
bi-directional parallel printer ports and is LPR compliant.
Administration is Windows-only, and there doesn't
appear to be support for AppleTalk. On-line
pricing is between $210 and $250.
- Linksys has version 1.39.4a
"pre-release (BETA)" firmware that adds support
for new optional ZoneAlarmPro
and PC-cillin upgrades. Pricing is $80
for a 4-pack of licenses, and there doesn't
appear to be a free trial. The firmware is for
the SR11, SR41, and U31 routers only.
Go to our Help
page for the download info. [Thnx to many readers!]
UPDATE - NETGEAR's
posted 3.26 Release firmware for their MR314,
RP114, RP334, and RO318
routers. In addition to other feature and bugfix updates,
the RO318 update adds the missing
port filtering feature along with bug fixes. The
MR314 update adds MAC address association
to the Help page for ReadMes and download links.
- Seems there's more to Linksys' 1.4f.8 WAP11 update
than we first noticed. The new firmware and Managment
utilities add a new Access Point client mode,
and now allows direct Add / Modify / Delete of MAC address
association control entries. Still trying to
figure out what the new IP Filtering checkbox
does, though! Go to the WAP11
upgrade page for more info. [Thnx Stuart Winokur!]