Tips for Securing Your Home Router
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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Monday, September 30, 2002
Verizon DSL users at home can partake of new bargains
to be announced by the company starting in December. Verizon
will offer a number of discounted Linksys products, including
a $99.99 router, a $179.99 wireless router, and wireless
USB and PC Card adapters for $89.99 each. Get more details
Thursday, September 26, 2002
Microsoft's MSN 8 service will have no problem
letting its broadband subscribers let multiple, networked
computers share the pipe and will not require an extra
charge. In fact, Microsoft is offering MSN
Broadband subscribers 20% if they purchase the brand
new Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless Base Station,
the Ethernet router they introduced last week. Read the
full story at internetnews.com.
Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Compex has released
the PS2216, a low-cost 16-port 100Mbps Ethernet Switch
with features like VLAN and port trunking for expansion
and shared network traffic load. The company has also
launched an online store for purchasing their products
direct, plus an e-newsletter for keeping up on Compex
promotions and reviews.
announced an entire line of USB 2.0 products, but the
most interesting product in the line to network builders
is the DUB-E100 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Adapter, which plugs into a USB 2.0 port to provide an
instant Fast Ethernet connection. It will cost $69.99
The Home Phoneline Networking
Alliance (HomePNA) has a release out today saying
that many of the major national broadband Internet connection
providers are now offering phoneline based networking
options to their customers. The providers include BellSouth
offering a 2Wire HomePortal 1000 to connect to phone jack,
Earthlink which has a various co-branded versions of the
2Wire HomePortal, SBC, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon
Online (also using HomePortal).
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
has announced the first 802.11a/b dual-band wireless adapter.
The EZ Connect 2.4GHz/5GHz Universal Wireless CardBus
Adapter (SMC2335W, $139) fits a 32-bit PCMCIA slot in
any notebook and will let the users work on the 54Mbps
802.11a ( 108Mbps in turbo mode) or 11Mbps 802.11b, whichever
is available. It supports up to 152-bit WEP encryption
in 802.11a, and 128-bit WEP for 11b. It has Plug-and-Play
support when used with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP.
Monday, September 23, 2002
Boingo Wireless is teaming with Pronto Networks
so that all Pronto-powered hotspots will support Boingo's
network. You can read the whole story at 802.11
Friday, September 20, 2002
More good news for Canadians -- Linksys
has entered a co-marketing relationship with Bell Canada
to provide education and products for sale to users of
Bell Sympatico High Speed Internet. As part of their new
cobranded site for sales and home network education, the
companies are creating a Home Networking Learning Center
which will include the Linksys Network Builder tool for
automatically figuring out the types of products a user
needs to buy. The site will be available in English and
In addition, Bell Sympatico high speed and
dial-up customers can also sign up for automatic antivirus
and firewall services provided by Zero-Knowledge
Systems. It will also include a pop-up and pop-under
ad manager, cookie manager, and alerts when your confidential
information is about to be sent to the Internet. The services
cost a monthly rate of $5.95.
Thursday, September 19, 2002
Microsoft has finally taken the plunge -- today
the company announced its entire line of wired and wireless
home networking products. They include a Wireless Base
Station router (MN-500, $149.95) with integrated 4-port
switch for Internet sharing, a Wireless Notebook Adapter
(MN-520, $79.95), and a Wireless USB Adapter (MN-510,
$79.95), plus some cheaper combo kits. The wired end consists
of 10/100Mbps Ethernet products. There's a Base Station
router (MN-100, $79.95) and a 5-Port Switch (MN-150, $39.95),
plus three Network Interface Cards: USB (MN-110, $29.95),
PC Card (MN-120, $39.95) and PCI (MN-130, $24.95). You
can read more details about the Microsoft Broadband Networking
line at 802.11
SMC Networks has introduced a Certified Reseller
Program for Canadian resellers. This is a support system
tht will help resellers in Canada grow their "expertise
and loyalty." There's three tiers: Silver Certified
Reseller, Gold Certified Reseller and Platinum Certified
Reseller, depending upon the level of sales. There are
more details on each level at SMC.com.
Monday, September 16, 2002
has announced Norton Personal Firewall 2003 ($49 or $29
to up grade from previous versions) with intrusion detection
and Norton Internet Security 2003 ($69 or $39 to upgrade),
which includes the firewall as well as antivirus, spam
alert, and content filtering. Preorders are being taken
now, with product to ship later this month.
Thursday, September 12, 2002
will be bundling Ashley
Laurent's Bsecure Internet Security Package with some
of its broadband routing products in the coming year.
Bsecure contains anti-virus, content filtering, and usage
Wednesday, September 11, 2002
ZyXEL has upgraded
its firewall/VPN product the ZyWALL 10 to the ZyWALL 10
II. It features 3DES VPN performance throughput up to
5Mbps, and a lower price of $399 list.
StarBand, the company behind the two-way satellite
broadband service and that declared bankruptcy in May,
has cut its workforce by 20% (about 36 people). Read the
full story at dc.internet.com.
has new firmware and software available for the networkable
DCS-1000 Internet Camera and the D-LinkAir
DCS-1000W Wireless Internet Camera (see the review).
The firmware upgrade adds support for FTP of still images,
and the software (IPView Software Version 2.0) will now
record one or more video streams from cameras as AVI files.
The upgrades are free and can be found at the company's
support Web site.
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
has announced a dual-band router, the Barricade Turbo
2.4GHz/5GHz Universal Wireless Cable/DSL Broadband Router
(SMC2304WBR-A). It supports 54/108Mbps 802.11a and will
also provide 11/22Mbps 802.11b wireless simultaneously
to users if a SMC2435W EZ Connect Turbo 11/22 Mbps Auto-Sensing
Wireless Cardbus Adapter is inserted. It has MAC filtering,
logging, VPN pass-through, 64/128/152-bit WEP in 802.11a
mode and 64/128/256-bit WEP encryption in 802.11b mode.
The $299.99 router should be available in October.
ship new versions of its Internet routers, the Ethernet
F5D5231-4 ($79.99) and wireless 802.11b F5D6231-4 ($149.99)
in November. Both will come with a new Easy Setup Wizard.
The software for Windows 98 up to XP and the MacOS 8.6
or higher will reportedly allow a user to insert a CD
that will step them through broadband setup for one or
more computers. The routers will retain their Web based
configuration for more advanced users.
Anyone looking to analyze a wireless network based on
802.11a now has some help -- WildPackets
has released upgrades to AiroPeek ($1495) and AiroPeek
NX ($3495) to support 11a, as well as VoIP, 152-bit WEP,
DSL is getting into sharing: Users of the service
can up to a $100 rebate on the Linksys Wireless Broadband
Router (BEFW11S4) if they have 768Kbps or 128Kbps service;
those with 1.5Mbps DSL service get a full $180 rebate,
which is the list price of the router. (Network cards
are left up to the user.) They also offer a free "Small
Business Guide to Wireless Networking" by calling
888-704-9635 or get the PDF file on the Web.
Read the full story at 802.11
now shipping the $249 ORiNOCO 5 GHz Kit, a CardBus NIC
with high-gain antenna attachment for the dual-slot ORiNOCO
AP-2000 Access Point for businesses ($895 list). It provides
802.11a along with the 802.11b already in the product.
The kit includes Release 2.0 software with support for
Virtual LANs and automatic channel selection. The software
is also available free for existing AP-2000 customers.
Sunday, September 1, 2002
There may soon be a new rush of HomePlug based home networking
products that use the powerlines in your home to connect
has new reference designs available for OEM manufacturers
looking to create HomePlug products. The designs have
FCC, UL, and HomePlug certification and include USB and
Ethernet to powerline bridges. The HomePlug Powerline
Alliance will hold it's next member conference in Napa
Valley, CA, from October 23-24, 2002.
WindConnect Bluetooth print adapter now supports Bluetooth
Hardcopy Replacement Profile (HCRP), a specification that
lets a Bluetooth printing devices emulate all of the functions
of the connected printer. The firmware upgrade to the
WindConnect is free and immediately available for download.
HCRP will be incorporated in all future versions of the
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