Monday, 31 December 2001
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.
Forbes.com 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
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
Wednesday, 19 December 2001
Area Networks has released a "preconfigured network"
housed in a mobile rack system. Read details at CrossNodes.
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
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
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
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 NextPlease@LinkLogger.com.
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
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.
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)
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
The Fourth IEEE International Workshop on Network Appliances
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
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 WirelessMAN.org.
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
Friday, 7 December 2001
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
announced SoftRemotePDA, a Palm-based VPN product for secure communication
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
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.
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 InternetNews.com.
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
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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
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