Friday, 30 November 2001
UPDATE: A federal judge today gave bankrupt Excite@Home --
which powers cable modems for AT&T, Comcast, Cox
and around 18 others for a total of 4.1 million users -- the okay
to shut down as early as Saturday, December 1. Negotiations to
keep it up continue. Get details at SiliconValley.internet.com.
Instruments has introduced a new reference design called
the TNETC408 Residential Gateway Solution that pairs a DOCSIS
1.1 cable modem with integrated 802.11b for wireless broadband
sharing in the home.
Palm is offering
Xircom Wireless module to connect handhelds with 802.11b networks.
The module comes with a Windows compatible e-mail client, the
DPWeb browser, and a trial version of a VPN. The price is $290
alone, or get it as part of a bundle with a Palm m505 ($600),
m500 ($550), or m125 ($500). [Note: Reader Michael Barsoom points
out with a note from Xircom tech support that the module does
not work with Linksys access points.]
Thursday, 29 November 2001
Do you think Bluetooth connectivity for personal area networks
(PNAs) isn't hot? Bluetooth chip-maker CSR
is citing research from Cahners
In-Stat and IMS that
says Bluetooth chipsets will outsell 802.11b chipsets in 2001.
Micrologic Research predicts
Bluetooth chipset growth to hit 45 million sold in 2002, and 1.2
billion by 2005.
Next month at the Bluetooth Developers Conference in San Francisco,
Bandspeed and Open
Interface will announce a product that uses Adaptive Frequency
Hopping to allow Bluetooth products and connections to work without
signal interference from 802.11b WLANs. Get details at 80211
Intel's AnyPoint Network
Gateway Model 1300 is the first gateway to be certified for Universal
Plug and Play (UPnP). Other UPnP devices and computers connected
to it will automatically be configured for Internet access.
Wednesday, 28 November 2001
Are you live in Wilmington, NC and use cable modems from Time
Warner Road Runner, you're in the first community being offered
access to a new program from SOHOware
to help expand broadband to all family members in the home.
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) software will be used in future
products from Hewlett-Packard. UPnP will provide data sharing
and communications between all UPnP enabled devices on a home
network, including PCs with Windows XP.
Tuesday, 27 November 2001
Agere Systems has announced the BG-2000 Broadband Gateway,
a $199 SOHO product that will be available in January 2002. It
will be Wi-Fi compliant, have built-in firewall and VPN, and a
second Ethernet port. Get details at 80211
Group has market analysis that says the WLAN market for
enterprise, SOHO, and home increased 19 percent in the third quarter
of 2001, despite the economic downturn. Companies sited as having
especially good quarters in the WLAN space were Cisco, Agere,
Linksys, Netgear, Buffalo, and D-Link.
Monday, 26 November 2001
will be shipping a SOHO DSL/Cable modem VPN device, the RouteFinder
RF550VPN, next month. It will come with 10/100Mpbs switch support
for 3DES 168-bit encryption on up to 5 VPN tunnels, IKE, PPPoE,
NAT, and DHCP.
Going to Macworld Expo in San Francisco in January? Want to learn
more about Mac OS X network protocol analysis (and who doesn't)?
is hosting four free training sessions near the convention center
on January 9 and 10. They've also just released protocol analyzers
for Windows XP.
Office Depot deals:
$100 rebate on the 2Wire HomePortal 100 or the wireless HomePortal
100W on product purchased before December 8, 2001. (Thanks to
Winston Weinmann for the tip.)
Wednesday, 21 November 2001
has announced that their USB and PC Card 802.11b adapters will
be available in the United Kingdom in December.
Tuesday, 20 November 2001
Meetinghouse Data Communications
is offering free Linux-based client-side software for network
authentication when a client logs into a RADIUS or 802.1x server.
Gateway has announced
a new "House Call" program, using its 296 stores in
the United States as dispatch hubs for technicians who will come
to a user's home to install computers, printers, and, of course,
wireless home networks. They'll install all network adapters and
hardware for the $499 Gateway Wireless Home Network Solution which
consists of Intel AnyPoint Wireless II gateway and adapters with
128-bit WEP encryption.
Monday, 19 November 2001
National Cable and Telecommunications Association is reporting
that there are 6.4 million cable modem users in the United States
as of the third quarter of 2001, and 824,000 of them signed up
for service in just the third quarter of 2001. The growth seems
good, but it's just a a small portion of the 70 million people
who could get a cable modem if they want it.
Proxim has recieved
FCC certification for the Harmony 802.11a Access Point and PCI
card adapter, which will allow them to start shipping in the United
research report by Forward Concepts claims that while
enterprise wireless LANs are the biggest market now, that home
networks using wireless for computers, PDAs, home electronics,
and even phones will take the lead by 2005. 802.11b is forecast
to be the dominant standard.
Friday, 16 November 2001
Bluesocket's WG-1000 enterprise gateway product will support
the 802.1x security standard, even for pre-802.1x networks. It's
going to be compatible with just about any upcoming standard for
wireless networking, including 802.11a, 802.11g, and HiperLAN2.
Get more details at 80211
Spoke too soon: WLAN chip maker Intersil
is announcing support for the IEEE's now confimred standard of
802.11g, which will have data rates of 54Mbps second but will
interoperate with the popular 11Mbps 802.11b because they share
space in the 2.4GHz frequency (802.11a runs at 5Ghz). Intersil
will, of course, be making 802.11g silicon for OEM product makers.
Thursday, 15 November 2001
& internetnews are reporting that the Institute
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) may be dropping
802.11g as a possible standard that would have increased speed
but still interoperated with 802.11b (unlike 802.11a which doesn't
work with 'b' and is only licensed for the U.S.). The story also
has a brief history of the 802.11 standard in general.
Time Warner are entering a non-exclusive strategic relationship
to develop easy-to-use home networking technologies for consumers.
Their first products will likely include broadband gateways, an
Internet browser made for optimal performance on networked consumer
electronic devices, and, of course, America Online access on most
Sony devices. Any products developed will reportedly be done with
an open architecture.
Dell'Oro Group reports
that sales in the 802.11b market increased 9% in the third quarter
of 2001. They forecast another 35% increase for 2002, despite
the arrival of the faster 802.11a standard in products.
and Conexant Systems have entered an agreement to share
technology. Ionic will provide access point software (soon to
be ported for 802.11b usage) for Conexant's line of home networking
processors, while Ionic will be creating a Bluetooth access point/router
built around Conexant's home networking processor line.
DoBox, a home gateway
software maker for OEMs, is partnering with National
Semiconductor to develop "family-focused" gateways
that would use DoBox's firewall technologies.
Finnish company Patria Ailon
is entering the U.S. marketplace (to OEMs at least) with its Ailonet,
a base station that supports 802.11a, 802.11b, Bluetooth, and
Antenna maker Galtronics launched its PEAR
Wireless 802.11b products at Comdex, including access points
made to mount on the wall ($659), ceiling ($965), and desktop
($299, as well as a USB ($149.95) and PC Card ($129.95) adapters.
Read details at 80211
Wednesday, 14 November 2001
At the end of the month at the Western Cable Show, 802.11a chipset
developer Magis Networks
will demonstrate a wireless 5GHz transmitting high-definition
television. Read more about it at 80211
has a Wi-Fi developer kit for OEMs who want to embed WLAN functions
into low cost devices. Details at 80211
Tuesday, 13 November 2001
TROY Wireless has
released new 802.11b and Bluetooth products. They include the
$299 EtherWind 802.11b print server, the $129 EtherSync 802.11b
PC Card, a WindConnect Bluetooth device for printers, and a WindPort
PC Card for laptops needing Bluetooth connectivity.
It's official: the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance
(WECA) will be calling all 54Mbps 802.11a certified products
by the name Wi-Fi5. The five indicates the 5 GHz band used
Agere Systems is releasing WEPplus, a software security
enhancement for ORiNOCO Wireless
LANs and OEM products. It will prevent hacker programs like AirSnort
from taking advantage of the "weak key" in the Wireless
Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol that encrypts 802.11b transmissions.
WEPplus should be available for download on November 23. Check
details at 80211
The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA)
has announced an extension of the 2.0 specification to include
Voice-over-HomePNA, a framework for building voice services into
Phoneline networks. They also introduced a document to guide members
into the 3.0 specification. It will include more broadband entertainment
such as video-on-demand, as well as voice, file and Internet sharing
without disruption to regular phone service.
Cisco is expanding its WLAN service and security, embracing
802.11b as a wireless standard and enhancing current equipment
like its Aironet 350 with a new security upgrade that should be
available next month. Read about it at 80211
Group says that broadband cable modem or DSL connections
will be available to fully three quarters of the population of
the United States by the end of 2001, up from 60% at the end of
2000. They also say cable companies will save millions by making
most cable modems self-installed by customers.
802.11a CardBus cards are reported by the company to be fully
XP compatible. More at 80211
Intel has introduced 802.11a 54Mbps wireless products
into its PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN family. The access point, CardBus
adapter, and PCI adapter will be priced at $449, $179, and $229
respectively. They'll include PROset software for configuration
as well as profile switching for clients. Read about them at 80211
Netgear is showing
live demonstrations this week at Comdex of its new Powerline technology,
including for the first time a router for sharing Internet access
over existing 110V outlets in the home.
Linksys has five new Wi-Fi certified products showing
at Comdex this week including a Wireless Presentation Gateway
(WPG11) for remote project control in corporate meetings, a Compact
Flash card (WCF11) for Pocket PCs, a Wireless to Ethernet Adapter
(WET11) for Ethernet equipped products like PCs or printers, and
others. Read detail at 80211
Apple Computer has released AirPort 2.0 software, providing
support for America Online to the Airport Base Station, 128-bit
WEP encryption, RADIUS authentication, and support for 50 simultaneous
users (up from 10). Read about it at 80211
Research and Knowledge Networks have finished a joint
study that shows adoption of "advanced media technologies,"
such as broadband Internet access, has leveled off in the United
States since this time last year -- it's reported at still only
9% of the population.
Saturday, 10 November 2001
to be back up and running as of right now, but the company's
phone numbers have still all been disconnected. Download any
firmware or driver updates you need for your Ugate products
now so you'll have them handy.
earlier this week announced UPnP support for its Mediabolic
ONE platform, is teaming with Pioneer
to integrated the ONE platfom in to new entertainment products
Toshiba America Business
Solutions will be showing a new document controller
at Comdex 2001 that builds in Wi-Fi support for ad hoc and infrastructure
mode printing. The technology should be available in December
in its e-STUDIO28/35/45 digital MFP series of workgroup copier/printers.
Planet has details.
Ricoh's RDC-i700 Internet Ready Digital Camera for surveillance
has built in 802.11 technology for transmitting images in real-time.
Read about it at 80211
Thursday, 8 November 2001
Council says that America is starving for broadband
services and the economy is suffering because of it. FttH hopes
the proposed Broadband Internet Access Act of 2001, which has
been before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate since
January 2001, will make a difference. Read the story at OpticallyNetworked.com.
Audio over Internet Protocol -- or AoIP -- maybe
be pivitol in the broad adoption of wireless networking in the
home in the coming years. 80211
Planet investigates one company's take on delivering MP3
over Wi-Fi networks.
3Com, already a maker
of 802.11b and Bluetooth connectivity products, has announced
support for 802.11a 5GHz high speed WLAN in future products.
They should be available in mid-2002.
maker of 802.1x chipsets, is the first company to earn the "Designed
for Windows XP" logo for it's 802.11a WLAN products, specifically
for its AR5000 CardBus. 80211
Planet has details.
Wednesday, 7 November 2001
Netgear has improved
its Gigabit over Copper product line for small businesses by
releasing the Windows XP-compatible GA302T Copper Gigabit Adapter
($90 street price), the FS309T 8-port Fast Ethernet Switch with
Copper Gigabit Uplink ($199) and the FS509T 8-port Fast Ethernet
Switch with Copper Gigabit Uplink ($290), all making for affordable
1000Mbps speeds over standard Category 5 UTP cable.
announced support for Universal
Plug and Play (UPnP) in its Mediabolic One Convergence platform
to be used in various consumer electronics and set-top boxes
which eventually will be able to communicate with your home
Tuesday, 6 November 2001
has announced new 14Mbps PowerLine networking products in its
Instant PowerLine series: a 10/100 router (PLERT10, $179.99
estimated street price), 10/100 bridge (PLEBR10, $149.99), and
a USB adapter (PLUSB10, $149.99). The product are reportedly
enhanced for users of cable/DSL modems. All use Intellon's
PowerPacket tech. They'll be highlighted at Comdex, and available
BOPS, Inc. has introduced a chip for use in processing
the physical layer of the OSI model in 802.11a, 802.11b and
other wireless networks. Get the full scoop at 80211
Thursday, 1 November 2001
It would appear that Maxgate is out of business. Its
site at www.maxgate.net is down, and calls to them bring back
reports of the phones being disconnected, except for one number
with a recording stating that all support for the Ugate line
of products is gone. Ugate
product firmware upgrades are still available from Umax.