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Monday, 31 December 2001

cyberPIXIE, a provider of WLANs for telecoms and ISPs, has successfully implemented the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm called Rijndael into its products. AES, which is seen as a possible replacement to Data Encryption Standard (DES), was named the official encryption standard of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (a division of the Dept. of Commerce) on December 4, 2001. A statement from the secretary of Commerce said "AES will help the nation protect its critical information..."

Friday, 21 December 2001

Zoom Telephonics is shipping the $229 ZoomAir 4165 Internet Gateway/Router. The device supports Internet sharing for wired Ethernet networks (2 ports) and 802.11b, both behind a NAT firewall. It also has a parallel printer port and supports stateful packet inspection, packet filtering, port redirection, MAC address filtering, and DMZ. There's currently a $30 rebate available on the unit. has posted Special Report: Home Networking on their site, a collection of the best articles from the last year on the topic.

Thursday, 20 December 2001

A Microsoft Security Bulletin has been issued about security vulnerabilities in the way Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) performs "device discovery," the process by which UPnP-capable PCs become aware of UPnP network devices. The problems could allow a criminal hacker to gain complete control of a system (under XP only) or let the attacker use the system in a distributed denial of service attack (under Windows 98/98SE/ME/XP). Read the bulletin and download the patches available for each version of Windows.

AXCESS has introduced the LANconnect-SW, a device for streaming security video (recorded or live) and audio over 802.11b for quick deployment of cameras without wiring.

Wednesday, 19 December 2001

Alternative Local Area Networks has released a "preconfigured network" housed in a mobile rack system. Read details at CrossNodes.

RF Solutions is introducing a family of dual-band multimode RF transceivers for the various flavors of 802.11. The transceivers chipset, called WiFLEX, work with 2.4 and 5 GHz.

The USB Implementer's Forum has announced the release of the On-the-Go Supplement to the USB 2.0 specification. It allows mobile devices and computer peripherals to interconnect using Universal Serial Bus.

Broadband modem maker HighSpeed Surfing has developed new system add-ons for its SM 200 cable modem system, including the SM 200AP, a module with an 802.11b access point with 2-port 10/100 hub.

More standards in the making: WiMedia (Wireless Multimedai Alliance, which includes Sony, Kodak, JVC, Intel, and others) is a not-for-profit group pushing high-speed 2.4GHz wireless multimedia connectivity for television, video, etc., via 802.15.3 (aka WiMedia), a Bluetooth offshoot that may have an approved standard by mid-2002.

Tuesday, 18 December 2001

Actiontec is now shipping a $149 802.11a Wireless Networking Card, capable of 54Mbps speed. The 32-bit CardBus PC Card uses the PRISM 2.5 chipset and Atheros Radio-on-a-Chip technology. It is compatible with Windows 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP.

Wi-Fi chip maker Intersil has announced that IBM will be using its PRISM 2.5 WLAN chipset to embed Wi-Fi/802.11b wireless networking in new NetVista PCs via a low-profile PCI adapter card. IBM also has PRISM technology in it's T23 ThinkPad notebook computers.

Worried about "war driving" criminal hackers looking in on your 802.11b network? ISP Planet shares some insight on the "Art of War Driving."

Monday, 17 December 2001

RSA Security and Hifn have announced the acceptance by the IEEE 802.11 committee of Fast Packet Keying, a technology designed to repair security holes in the wired equivalent privancy (WEP) encryption standard for Wi-Fi networks. Read details at 80211 Planet.

Agere System's Wi-Fi-based ORiNOCO USB Client adapter has received Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) certification for Windows XP from Microsoft.

SONICblue has announced the $1500 Rio Advanced Digital Audio Center, a home stereo unit for storing digital music collections. It can connect with optional Rio Receiver units (one will come with the Audio Center for a limited time) on a home network via HomePNA or a USB Ethernet adapter.

Pico Communications, makers of the Bluetooth-based PicoBlue(TM) Internet Access Point, are now members of Palm's PluggedIn Program, supporting Bluetooth development for Palm.

Binary Visions just released a version of the $21 shareware program Link Logger for the ZyXEL ZyWALL line (previously it was only available for Linksys BEF routers). Link Logger features traffic alerts, alarms, e-mail notification, reports, and graphs of all traffic hitting the router. If you want to see Link Logger ported to a specific router, let them know at

Thursday, 13 December 2001

Absolute Value Systems has annoounced a software package that will allow USB-based 802.11b WLAN adapters to work with Linux, a nice option for the many systems without a PC Card slot. They will also offer a version of their AVS WLAN developer's kit that allow OEMs to set the USB adapter to work as an access point to a wired network.

Wednesday, 12 December 2001

Zone Labs has announced that its stateful packet inspection firewall technology will be built into the Cisco 3.5 VPN Client software.

Miramar Systems has released PC MACLAN 7.2.1 for Windows 95/98/ME ($199) which will provide integration between 9x systems and MacOS X.1, especially for use of "digital media devices" (such as MP3 players, CDRs, DVDs, etc.). This follows on the heels of PC MACLAN for NT/2K/XP.

Tuesday, 11 December 2001

Asanté is shipping its new FriendlyNET FR5000 Accelerated Cable/DSL Routers. The two models feature high-speed Internet connections, an Internet cache to speed up browsing for all users and network storage. The 7-port FR5037 includes a 30GB hard disk drive, backup modem port, and print server for $1249; the FR5037 is just the accelerated router for $1099, but can be upgraded to include the hard disk drive for $55.

Meetinghouse Data has made 802.1x authentication software available for Windows NT and 2000 so clients can communicate with an 802.1x authenticator and Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) server to confirm their identity. Individual copies are $39.99, but multiple seat licenses are available.

MicronPC has introduced two new notebook computers, the TransPort GX2 ($2249) and XT2 ($2049), with built in 802.11b capability. Both feature 1GHz Intel Mobile Pentium III processors and have biometric (fingerprint) security systems.

Actiontec is shipping a Wi-Fi compliant "open architecture" 802.11b Access Point, which provides wireless capability to users running Linux or Windows on any computer with an Ethernet port. The unit will retail for $149.99.

A new field study by Pennsylvania State University's Applied Research Laboratory and Wireless Infotech Education Services shows that Bluetooth and 802.11b don't seem to interfere with each other's operation. Details are at 80211 Planet.

The Fourth IEEE International Workshop on Network Appliances (IWNA4) will be held January 15-16, 2002 in Gaithersburg, MD, covering the world of, you guessed it, intelligent, digital network appliances from printers to toasters. The registration fee is $200 for IEEE members, $250 for non-members. Download the application to attend.

Monday, 10 December 2001

Want to learn more about Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and how it works on your IP network? Check out the CrossNodes Briefing on the subject.

The IEEE has approved 802.16 Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), the first broadband wireless access standard. The spec will be published in January 2002, but you can view the draft at

D-Link has launched the D-LinkAir DWL-A series of 802.11a products using the Atheros chipset. The products include PCI card ($169) and PC Card ($219) adapters plus an access point ($439). Details are on 80211 Planet.

Friday, 7 December 2001

Synergy Research Group estimates that WLAN equipment sales will pass $1.3 million by the end of this year, and will reach $3.5 billion by the end of 2005.

RADIUS-based access management software maker Interlink Networks has joined the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA), the body that certifies 802.11b interoperability.

Thursday, 6 December 2001

Belkin has announced five new KVM switches in the OmniView product line. They include 4, 8, and 16 port PRO2 units priced from $299 to $699, and two new MATRIX2 switches that allow simultaneous access to multiple systems (8 or 16) by multiple users, priced at $699 and $99.

Red-M will demonstrate a mixed 802.11 and Bluetooth network being accessed by laptops, phones and PDAs during the Bluetooth Developer's conference at San Francisco's Moscone Center from December 10-13. Read about it at 80211 Planet.

embedded wireless devices (ewd) has announced a single-chip, multi-protocol WLAN processor called the e8025G, that will support 802.11a, b and g. Read all about it at 80211 Planet.

Wednesday, 5 December 2001

SonicWALL has released a new generation of Internet security devices, all including stateful packet inspection firewalls, DoS attack prevention, and CyberSentry content filter. They include the $495 each TELE3 and SOHO3.

Philips Semiconductor announced that it has shipped more than six million 802.11b chipsets, and expects to reach 7.7 million by the end of the year.

Ositis Software is now shipping the AVStripper. The stand-alone anti-virus bridge hardware scans all major network protocols (HTTP, FTP, mail, etc.) when connected between the Internet and the network. It uses Trend Micro's anti-virus scanning engine; subscription pricing differs based on number of users.

AT&T Broadband has moved more than 750,000 of its cable modem users to a new high speed network as of this morning, after 800,000 customers lost their connection when @Home shut off service to AT&T over the weekend.

Linksys has introduced the Instant EtherFast 10/100/1000 Gigabit Starter Kit for SOHO customers who want to setup a network with a gigabit backbone. The $189 kit (EG0801SK) includes a Gigabit Switch with 8 10/100 ports and one 1000Mbps port, one 32-bit Gigabit NIC, and a Cat5e crossover cable.

SafeNet has announced SoftRemotePDA, a Palm-based VPN product for secure communication over WLANs.

Tuesday, 4 December 2001

Linksys has announced an 802.11b Instant Wireless CompactFlash Card (WCF11) for Pocket PCs so users can do high speed surfing, synching and have access to data without going back to the PC. The card will retail for $129.

Cahners In-Stat's latest research shows that WLAN market growth in the first half of 2001 "exceeded expectations." This is due to strong sales in vertical markets as well as growth on existing WLANs. Agere Systems and Cisco are the market leaders when it comes to sales of WLAN network interface cards.

Cox and Comcast cable modem users powered by Excite@Home have a reprieve. The two companies will each pay $160 million to ensure service continues without interruption. AT&T Broadband had 800,000 users cut off by @Home this past weekend, but the company has restored access already to about 330,000 homes. Read more at

Monday, 3 December 2001

You can save $80 on Nexland's $399 Pro800turbo or $399 WaveBase Wireless firewalls by spreading the word: Go to the Nexland Web site and send a message out to five friends via their e-mail form, and you'll be directed to a coupon code you can use for 20% off the retail price.

In January 2002, 3Com will begin shipping its Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Workgroup Bridge for $349 list price. For more read about it at 80211 Planet.

Synad Technologies in the UK has unveiled a dual-mode 802.11a and 802.11b chipset that will supply seamless roaming for clients needing to connect to access points using either type of WLAN. Get details at 80211 Planet. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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