Thursday, October 31, 2002 -- Happy
The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced Wi-Fi Protected
Access (CPA), a solution for replacing WEP encryption
and improving the security of 802.11-based wireless networks.
Read the details at 802.11
announced the D-Link AirPlus Enhanced 2.4GHz Wireless
Broadband Router, the DI-714P+, a 22Mbps 802.11a router
with built-in print server, 4-port switch, parental controls,
NAT firewall and VPN pass-through support. The $189.99
MSRP unit should be available in late November. It comes
with a one year warranty and D-Link's typical free 24/7
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
is shipping the $299.99 TigerSwitch 10/100 SMC6709L2 intelligent
standalone Fast Ethernet switch which has eight 10/100TX
and one 10/100/1000 port, plus two slots for optional
Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Netgear will be including a copy of Mentor
for Networking in select network products for homes
and small offices in the future. Mentor for Networking
is a multimedia introduction to networking made by Mentor,
a multimedia training designer, which works over the Internet
and comes up to show new facets of networking as needed.
They've designed a specialized Web site together at www.netgear.trymentor.com.
Any Netgear customer can download a copy of the software
at the site (it's 2.43MB).
3Com has announced several new products including
the NJ200 (and upgrade of the NJ100) Network Jack that
puts a switch in the wall near your computer, a new 802.11b
PC Card adapter with XJack antenna, and a Wireless LAN
Outdoor Bridge, a weatherproof antenna for connecting
separate networks wirelessly. Read more about the products
ReefEdge is offering an one-hour online version
of their seminar, "How to Secure and Manage Your
Wireless Network" on November 7, 2002 from 1:30 -
2:30 p.m. EST. It's a in-depth crash course in 802.11
security and management. Registration information at:
start shipping the Lexmark 802.11b Wireless Print Adapter
in late November. The $199 unit will connect to any Ethernet-capable
printer or multi-function unit to provide wireless printing
from Wi-Fi clients.
Thursday, October 24, 2002
The HomePlug Powerline
Alliance has announced HomePlug AV, the latest
version of the specification for networking using the
existing power lines in a building. HomePlug AV is designed
to support "data and multi-stream entertainment including
High Definition television (HDTV) and Standard Definition
television (SDTV)." The new spec should work with
not only PCs but also in TVs and set-top boxes, and should
coexist with current HomePlug products. HomePlug AV is
currently under development by the alliance member companies
and should be finished in 18 to 24 months.
Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Cisco has announced a move into the small business
arena after purchasing network security firm Psionic Software
earlier this week. Read more about it at InternetNews.
has announced the TELE TZX, a security appliance that
creates a "trusted zone" between an corporate
office and a telecommuter's home network. It has an auto-sensing
4-port switch built in to protect multiple systems. The
unit isolates an IPSec virtual private network (VPN) tunnel
to the office and secures the Internet connection with
a stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall. The price
will be $595 and it's available now.
has launched two new wireless products. The SMC2455W 2.4GHz
11/22 Mbps Auto-Sensing Wireless Access Point is a typical
access point that uses the Texas Instruments ACX100 chipset
for faster 802.11b speed. It offers a reported coverage
of 1,155 feet. The SMC2482W 2.4GHz 11/22 Mbps Auto-Sensing
Wireless Bridge will connect separate networks that are
up to 20 miles apart using optional high-gain antennas
from SMC -- this update to the SMC2682W also uses the
TI "802.11b+" chip to get a faster throughput
than standard 802.11b. Each will sell for $129.
Monday, October 21, 2002
The big guns are getting behind Wi-Fi: Intel has announced
plans to invest over $150 million in 802.11-based companies
and technologies. Read the full story at 802.11
launched the first eight-port Gigabit switch capabile
of 10/100/1000 Mbps speeds. The GS108 comes at a price
Thursday, October 17, 2002
Broadband Hooks Up 13.1 Million Users: Despite slowing
growth, Jupiter Research finds that 21 percent
of online households in the U.S. connect to broadband
service providers for high-speed Internet access. Read
about it at ISP-Planet.
announced an updated version of the D-LinkAir DWL-810
Ethernet to Wireless Bridge that supports the Xbox and
PlayStation2 gaming consoles, giving each access to wireless
broadband connections or an ad-hoc mode connecting one
console to another. It still works also with any other
Ethernet-equipped product, from PCs to printers to network
announced the PRISMIQ MediaPlayer set-top box, their attempt
to link the Internet connection from your PC to the TV
and stereo equipment in your living room. The MediaPlayer
can reportedly show DVD-quality video, play surround sound,
stream MP3s, browse the Web on your TV, and more. The
unit connects via 10/100 Ethernet and can take PC Card
adapters for 802.11 or HomePNA (Phoneline) networking.
It should ship to online stores such as Amazon in time
for Christmas and will retail for $249.95.
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
has release its PlugLink USB Wall Mount (PL9720-USB) and
Ethernet Wall Mount (PL9620-ETH) products, both supporting
HomePlug 1.0 networking. Both feature 56-bit encryption
security, and guaranteed minimum speeds of 1Mbps (Homeplug
is rated at 14Mbps).
working with America Online to make sure all Netgear
home networking products are compatilbe with the cable-based
AOL Broadband service. Products from Netgear will be identified
at "AOL Broadband compatible" on the box.
HomePlug hits Europe: Phonex
Broadband's $129.99 NeverWire 14 Powerline Ethernet
Bridge QX-201 products have been certified for sale in
the European Union. Products can be purchased directly
at the Phonex Web site
or retail partners.
Monday, October 14, 2002
announced today that they have created a reference design
for building a router that supports the HomePlug 1.0 specification.
This should let vendors easily build and manufacture routers
that will share an Internet connection to computers on
a powerline-based network.
Friday, October 11, 2002
Now shipping: the D-Link
PersonalAir DBT-120 Bluetooth adapter for use with PC
and Mac. It will sell for $59.99.
Thursday, October 10, 2002
Compex this week
rolled out the SKW811 Wireless Internet-In-a-Box, a kit
that includes a Compex NP16 4-port Wireless Gateway, a
Compex WL11A 802.11b Wireless PCMCIA Card, a Compex WLU11A
802.11b Wireless USB Adapter, a Cat 5 cable, and a Serial
Port cable, all for $199.
3Com has rolled
out the 3Com's Embedded Firewall Solution is a 10/100
Ethernet network interface card with a built-in firewall,
based on Secure Computing Corp. firewall software. It
will come in PC Card version for $219 and PCI version
for desktops for $179. Get more details at eSecurity
Wednesday, October 9, 2002
announced the SMC2670W 2.4GHz 11 Mbps Wireless Ethernet
Adapter this week. The unit lets you hook Ethernet-enabled
equipment (PCs, printers, even game consoles) to your
wireless network, without even needing driver software.
The price will be about $99.99 and should be available
having a good week: In addition to being ranked as the
19th fastest growing technology company in Orange County/San
Diego by Deloitte & Touche (the company's fifth year
on the list), a recent report by In-Stat/MDR says Linksys
is the leading vendor in the wireless home networking
market based on having captured 24.1% of the sales in
the first half of 2002.
report also pegs wireless LANs as now making up
38% of all home networking hardware sold; wired Ethernet
made up 60%. HomePlug (powerline) and HomePNA (phoneline)
networking is only a fraction, but In-Stat thinks HomePlug
will ramp-up through the year.
released new HomePlug based products that use home electrical
wiring for network data transmission this week. The SpeedStream
2521 Powerline 802.11b Wireless Access Point is a bridge
between wireless 802.11b-based networks and powerline
and can be used to extend the range of a Wi-Fi network.
They have also launched a SpeedStream 2502 Powerline Ethernet
Adapter and SpeedStream 2501 Powerline USB Adapter for
directly connecting Ethernet or USB-capable PCs to the
HomePlug network. The products should be available sometime
before the end of the year, but no pricing was announced.
The Wi-Fi Alliance
will begin certification testing on 802.11a products in
November of this year. Read the full story at 802.11
Thursday, October 3, 2002
Dual-band 802.11a/b products continue to debut: D-Link
has just announced the first PCI adapter for desktop computers
that puts 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks on the same card. The
$189.99 D-Link AirPro DWL-AB520 should be available now.
It supports 802.1X authentication and AES encryption on
top of standard WEP.
Wednesday, October 2, 2002
has released a new PC Card 802.11 adapter: the FriendlyNET
AeroLAN AL1511 wireless PCMCIA card (99-00793-01) uses
an "Xwing" design so the user can position the
dual antennas for best signal strength. The card comes
with a built in site-survey utility for Windows systems
and will retail for about $75.