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Thursday, 26 October 2000
- Search is finally back!  Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, 24 October 2000
- Check out the new Asante / SMC router help page.

- MacSense has released new firmware for their XRouter Pro, including a Special Applications feature that adds triggered port range forwarding. Go here to check out the ReadMe.

- Review Opinions are back up.  Thanks for your patience!

Monday, 23 October 2000
- UPDATE!  Mail is back up, but posting new review Opinions is out of order.  Should be back up Tuesday morning.  Sorry for the problem.

Missing mail and feedback! 
- Due to server problems, any feedback you sent either by using the form or directly probably bounced back to you over the weekend.  We're still working on the problem and hope to have it fixed before noon today.  Please bear with us!

Thursday, 19 October 2000
- Multitech has confirmed that their RF500S RouteFinder router will support dial-in RAS and auto-failover to a dialup WAN connection, but not simultaneously (only one modem port!).  This will be a first for low-cost routers!  We won't be getting our eval unit until mid-November, though, and the product probably won't be generally available until then either.

- Looking for a review of Linksys' new WAP11 Wireless Access Point?  You'll have to wait awhile longer.  Word from Linksys is that the product is still getting some final tweaking and isn't available yet.  Hope to have a better idea next week of when we'll be getting our box.

Wednesday, 18 October 2000
Blinkin' confusion! 
- Well, we're confused again.  Yesterday we reported that the SMC Barricade and Asante FriendlyNet routers changed with the 1.88 firmware upgrade so that their M1/Status light no longer blinks. Turns out we were partially right...sorta.  The SMC is unchanged, i.e. no matter what the firmware, the M1 light will blink if everything is ok.  
The Asante is what changed, but it's a hardware, not a firmware change. Early routers ("a couple of hundred" according to Asante) had the blinking Status light, but a small hardware change was made on most of the routers shipped so that the Status light shines steadily to indicate proper operation.
So if your newly upgraded Barricade is still blinking, then you're ok!  Sorry for our confusion!

Tuesday, 17 October 2000
- We received a call from D-Link and the communications lines are open, so thanks for those of you who wrote to D-Link on our behalf.

- If you're having trouble keeping a connection with your Netgear RT311/314 (or ZyXEL Prestige 310 or 314) router, give Edward Cheung's GearMinder a try.  It'll even email you your new WAN IP address!

- Those of you who have upgraded your SMC Barricade or Asante FriendlyNET to the 1.88 firmware may have noticed that your Status light has stopped blinking.  No, your router isn't broken.  They just changed the annoying "feature" of the blinking light so that normal operation is indicated by a non-blinking light.

Monday, 16 October 2000
-We're getting many requests for reviews of the new D-Link DI-704 router and 802.11b 11Mbps wireless products.  We'd love to review them, but D-Link has not responded to our requests for evaluation units.  
[10/17 Update: Situation resolved, see 10/17 news item above].

- By the way, we've confirmed that the DI-704 router is not sourced from AMIT (as the SMC Barricade and Asante FriendlyNET are.

- Having a tough time getting on-line gaming to work over your shared connection.  The new Gaming Help section may be just what you need.  If you've got a tip or fix to contribute, send it in!

Thursday, 12 October 2000
-With all the buzz about the StarBand/Gilat2Home two-way satellite service rollout, we're going to see if we can get a unit for review.  From the threads on the StarBand Delphi Forum, it sounds like the product that's being rolled out will include a USB modem.  As those of you with USB 'DSL modems, know, that pretty much kills the possibility of using a hardware router with StarBand if it's true.
(Thanks to Scott Finnie's BroadBand report for some of this info.)

- Linksys has posted their 1.36 firmware for the 1 and 4 port routers.  Go here for the info.

Wednesday, 11 October 2000
-The Linksys BEFSR81 8 port EtherFast router review is up.  This one may get them into some trouble!  Read the review for the details.

Tuesday, 10 October 2000
- Asante let us know that they've posted the version 1.88 firmware for their FriendlyNet router, so it also now supports IPsec. Go to the Asante FTP site and download file FR3004v1_88b.zip for Windows and file FR3004v1_88b.hqx for the MacOS updaters.

-Nexland will bundle AXENT's RaptorMobile VPN with a 10-user license and will include it in all its firewall products starting October 15, 2000. The retail price of the Nexland/Axent bundle is $299 for a 4-port ISB2LAN-H4 and it will beavailable online directly from Nexland.

- Guess we had bad info, 'cuz Netgear's new Web site is not up yet. Sorry!

Monday, 9 October 2000
- SonicWall put up a redesigned Website last week, and check out the new packaging for their products.  No word, though, of any new products to go along with the new package.

- Speaking of new Web sites, NetGear's new site is supposed to to live today.

- We continue to hear good things about the SMC Barricade router, but not much about the Asante FriendlyNet.  Note that the Barricade's $20 rebate ends Oct 31, and that Asante has a $20 or $30 rebate (depending on the FriendlyNet model) running until Dec 31, 2000. 
NOTE
that with the rebates, the lowest on-line prices on PriceGrabber for either the Barricade or FriendlyNET(LC) is $120.

"Wappy" debuts! 
- Looks like Linksys has put up info on their site about their new 802.11b 11Mbps Wireless products.  They include the WAP11 Access Point (Bridge) ($236), WDT11 PCI Wireless Adapter ($40), and WPC11 PC Card Wireless Adapter ($118) (prices are from Pricegrabber), with the usual aggressive Linksys pricing!  You can't buy 'em yet, and no word from Linksys on when you can.  We're waiting for our eval units to come in, too!  

Don't get too excited about that $40 price above, since you need to buy the PC Card to go along with it if you want to connect a desktop into your wireless LAN.

Friday, 6 October 2000
- The IPsec firmware for the SMC Barricade is now posted at the SMC support site.  
Asante
has not posted their version for the FriendlyNet yet, but the SMC firmware should work.

Thursday, 5 October 2000
- The ZyXEL Prestige 312 review is finally up.  There's a lot packed into this sucker, but you may have a devil of a time getting to it! Go here for the story.

- An informed source tells us the the new MultiTech RouteFinder isn't sourced from AMIT.  So maybe its Dial-up RAS capabilities are real!  We'll soon find out because one's on the way in.

- Just received our Orinoco RG-1000 Residential Gateway evaluation unit in.  Expect a review shortly.

- Received word that the SMC Barricade / Asante FriendlyNET routers now support IPsec.  The firmware isn't posted on the SMC or Asante sites yet, but you can get it direct from AMIT.

Wednesday, 4 October 2000
Practically Networked joins Internet.com
- As you may have heard, we're now part of Internet.com, a leading provider of global real-time news and information resources for Internet industry and Internet technology professionals, Web developers and experienced Internet users. 

This is a pretty big deal and we couldn't have done it without you, our faithful readers.  So a huge THANK YOU to you all!

We'll be adding links to other parts of the Internet.com network, so excuse us if parts of the site look a little strange as we get the kinks worked out.  Let us know if you find a dead or wrong link, please!

Tuesday, 3 October 2000
- Linksys has not reverted back to the 1.30 version of their router firmware.  They accidently have reverted back to an earlier version of their site and they're scrambling to get it fixed.  Get the 1.35 file (befsr135.zip) direct from their FTP site if you need it.

Monday, 2 October 2000 
From the Dept of Shameless Self-promotion

- We received word this morning that TechTV (formerly ZDTV) has named us Site of the Week this week on their Screen Savers and Call for Help programs and Web sites. We even get an on-air mention!
So, of course, we have to display our nice reward icon!

Check out our story!

Your feedback could be lost
- If you sent us feedback via the site feedback form last week, we may have not received your message.  Seems that we accidently disconnected the feedback form from the email system and although it looked like your messages were going somewhere, they actually went to that great bit-bucket in the sky.  Sorry for the problem!

- SMC informs us that their SMC7008BR 8 port Barricade 8 port Barricade won't be available until early November.



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