Tuesday, 19 December 2000
-Maxgate's UG3200P adds a bi-directional
printserver to their UG3200 router. We got an early look at this
addition to the Maxgate product line, so see
how it did.
Monday, 18 December 2000
2Wire wants to be your SOHO PBX
Looks like having the first integrated Ethernet/ HomePNA2.0/
DSL modem/broadband router isn't enough for these guys! They today
announced their ICS2000 (not to be confused with Microsoft's
ICS...). ICS stands for "Integrated Communications
System" and it adds a full range of digital PBX
features to the 2Wire HomePortal line.
Based on their HomePortal 1500, and listing for $999,
the ICS2000 seems aimed more at Small Office than Home users. It adds
Release 2.0 software and 3 "Phone Ports"
to the HomePortal 1500's already impressive
capabilities. The Phone Ports are POTS (Plain Old Telephone
Service, i.e. your regular analog phone) to HomePNA2.0 adapters
and allow your phone to be used with VoIP, VoATM,
or even good ol' analog telephone service via the ICS2000.
Both the software and Phone Ports are separately available to upgrade
existing HomePortals for $99 each. Availability
is Q1 2001. See this ICS
Press Release or this Phone
Port release for more details. See our
review of the HomePortal 100 here.
- ZyXEL has released new 3.20 firmware
for their Prestige 312 Security Gateway and added content
filtering, more browser configurability and more! Go
here for the scoop.
Saturday, 16 December 2000
-Been eyeing the SMC 11Mbps wireless stuff
and wondering if they're a buy? Check out the 2652W
Access Point and 2632W
PC Card reviews and see if they should be on your holiday treat
Friday, 15 December 2000
-We've updated the Router
and Wireless Product charts
with new products from D-Link, Maxgate,
- The first PracticallyNetworked newsletter
is out. It'll normally be sent on Thursdays. If you haven't
signed up yet, just use the signup box right there in the upper
left-hand corner of this page and get our latest news delivered
right to your mailbox!
Thursday, 14 December 2000
- Need a fast, inexpensive, and secure 802.11b wireless
PC card to connect to your new Linksys WAP11 Access point? Check
out our review of Linksys'
- Setting up this wireless stuff can be tricky work. We've added
some more how-to's
to our new Wireless Troubleshooting section.
- Nexland has discontinued their single ported ISB2LAN
router effective immediately. They've also lowered the price on
their 4 port ISB2LAN-H4 to $249 and
have a $30 mail-in rebate until Dec 31, 2000.
The product is only sold direct, so go to Nexland's
site for more info.
In the lab queue...
New goodies are coming in fast and furious. Here's
what we have in waiting for the doctor...
Maxgate UG3200P 7port router with Printserver
SMC 2620W 11Mb Wireless Access Point and 2632W
Zoom ZoomAir WiFi PC Card, PCI
Card, and software Access Point
Buffalo Tech Airstation WLAR-L11-L
4 port wireless router and WLE-DA External Antenna
Netopia R910 Router
Wednesday, 13 December 2000
Your router is NOT leaking!
We neglected to point out in yesterday's news item
about Steve Gibson's new LeakTest utility, that it's
not intended to be used with hardware NAT routers! Most
NAT routers don't provide any protection against unauthorized OUTBOUND
Internet traffic, and that's what LeakTest is checking
for. So relax!
- SMC has released 1.89e firmware
for the Barricades. Go
here for info.
Tuesday, 12 December 2000
Steve Gibson (creator of ShieldsUp!
and lots of other wonderful stuff) is at it again! This time he's
come up with a free tool to test the effectiveness of software
personal firewalls like ZoneAlarm and BlackIce. It's
called LeakTest, downloads in a jiffy, and will tell
you whether your software personal firewall program is doing its job
in preventing unauthorized OUTBOUND
Go get your copy here.
Linksys zipped us our box yesterday and we got it into
the lab faster than Santa eats those cookies and milk that you leave
for him. Should it be on your Christmas list? You'll have
to read the review!
Coming soon to your mailbox
We'll be starting our email newsletter
this week. It will go out each week on Thursday and will contain a summary
of the week's news items, plus some things you probably won't see on
the PracticallyNetworked Web site.
If you haven't signed up, well, what are you waiting for? Use
the signup box right there in the upper left-hand corner
of this page and be in the know!
Sunday, 10 December 2000
ZyXEL asked us for a retest of their Prestige
310 (twin to the popular NETGEAR RT311), since they didn't
do so well in the speed trials first time around. We're happy
to say that they passed with flying colors this time. Read the
updated review for more
Saturday, 9 December 2000
SMC has lowered pricing on their
4 port Barricade router to $100! Or
get it free if you purchase
a EZNET-24SW Switch. Go
here to check pricing and for rebate details. Asante
looks like they're holding pricing for their FriendlyNET
twin at $130 (including a $20 rebate...check their
a fix for Asante/SMC dial-up mode users who
are having problems with getting their routers to stay disconnected
from their ISP.
- NETGEAR is working on a new fix for Half-Life users.
Some users have reported success by flashing their routers with
the ZyXEL 3.23 firmware. Go
here if you need download info.
- If you're wrassling with getting a Wireless Network up and running,
try the new Wireless
Thursday, 7 December 2000
NETGEAR wants to help you Half-Lifers
The Senior Online Support specialist
from NETGEAR asked us to put out the word that they're looking for volunteers
to help them kill off the Half-Life problems that users have been complaining
about in the Forums and Opinion pages. If you want to volunteer,
post a message with your REAL contact info to the "NETGEAR
Half-Life Debug Team" folder in the forums. Someone from
NETGEAR will be in touch.
Wappy on the way...
-Just received notice from Linksys that their WAP11
Wireless Access point eval units are available. Ours should be
on its way soon and we'll fast track it for review. By the way,
Linksys has applied for WiFi certification and is waiting
- We also received estimates on the availability for some of the other
- We've been getting some tips and feedback for using the Asante
FriendlyNet and SMC Barricade print server
feature. They've been added to the Help
- Check out the new Forums
if you haven't. Plenty of good discussions going on and looks
like it'll be a good place to get answers to your questions faster than
you can get them from us!
- We've gotten wind of
a new firewall in the works from ZyXEL. Not much
else to tell, other than more info will probably be available in a few
- You'll notice this new icon
popping up around the site. It's a quick way to send either
a link to an article, or the entire HTML article to a friend.
Yeah, you get the usual advertising along with the link, but we gotta
pay the bills somehow!
Tuesday, 5 December 2000
Inexpensive routing with Dial-In
RAS has arrived!
Just finished putting the MultiTech RF500S Routefinder
through the paces. There's a lot to like and with on-line
pricing as low as $140, you gotta check
Monday, 4 December 2000
New ICS Configuration maps!
Just added the following maps:
- Active Worlds
- Need for Speed- Porche
Get them here. Note
that when we add these maps, we also add the port information to the
Application Ports page
for your mapping pleasure!
- We've revamped the Troubleshooting
section in preparation for expansion! We've also added info on
how to reset your
Asante or SMC router to factory defaults and a solution for
slow SMTP server access through
Sunday, 3 December 2000
- There's a new champ in the router speed competition and it
even includes a HomePNA2.0 bridge! Check out the 2Wire
HomePortal 100 review.
Saturday, 2 December 2000
- There's a new firmware release for the ZyXEL Prestige
310 router, but you'll have to hunt for it a little. Go
here for the details.
- Also looks like ZyXEL has introduced the Prestige
316. It's a combination Ethernet-Ethernet router with one
LAN port plus an 802.11b wireless access point built in. No price
or availability info yet. They also have a PC Card client adapter,
with PCI and USB adapters for the card also available. We've also
had word on a couple of other products, but need to confirm with ZyXEL
Review in Progress
Working on the 2Wire
HomePortal 100 review, which should be up in a day or so.
RF500S RouteFinder router. This is the one with a serial
port that can be used for Dial-IN RAS. We'll let you know soon on this
802.11b PC Card, PCI adapter and Access Point software.
Friday, 1 December 2000
SHOCKWAVE MOVIE VIRUS WARNING!
This one arrives via e-mail with the subject line:
"A great Shockwave flash movie."
The message reads:
"Check out this new flash movie that I downloaded just now ... It's
and the attachment is called CREATIVE.EXE.
Clicking on that attachment renames all JPG and ZIP files on
the victim's computer with the appendage "change atleast now to LINUX."
It then drops a text file called MESSAGEFORU.TXT
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