Tips for Securing Your Home Router
Seemingly minor and easily overlooked settings can still have profound security implications. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your wired or wireless home router — and by extension, your network — is as secure as possible.
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Monday, December 23, 2002
has announced the AirPlus Xtreme G IEEE 802.11g draft
compliant wireless networking line of products. When shipping
in January, the initial line will consist of the $129.99
DI-624 Wireless Router with 4-port switch and $79.99 DWL-G650
CardBus Adapter, both running 54Mbps speeds backwards
compatible with 802.11b. Both come with a 3-year warranty.
Thursday, December 19, 2002
is offering a Gateway Wireless Connectivity Bundle for
$99 after rebates for anyone with a cable modem subscription
purchased through them. The bundle includes an Intel wireless
router, the RCA cable modem, and either a PC Card or USB
adapter for one client system. Gateway covers about 85
percent of the cable modem accessible areas of the US
with relationships with AT&T Broadband, Charter, Comcast,
Cox and EarthLink - Time Warner.
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
DirecTV DSL may have a savior. Speakeasy
is creating a program called DirectSwitch
to move the 160,000 stranded users to its DSL service.
They'll include free installation and hardware. More details
are on the Web site or DirecTV DSL users can call 800-556-5829
from 6am to 7pm Pacific time Monday through Friday, or
9am to 5pm Saturdays.
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
According to a memo posted on their Web site, DirecTV
Broadband, the digital subscriber line (DSL) service
from DirecTV, is going under. Thirty days after December
16, 2002, the service will discontinue. The company is
working with last-mile carriers to see if alternatives
can be found for current customers. Get more information
Intel now says that when the first laptops ship
next year with its Banias Mobile Platform (with a new
CPU, lower power consumption, and integrated Wi-Fi), the
computers will initially support only 802.11b. Original
Banias plans called for dual-band 802.11a/b, but that
will follow later, but still in the first half of the
year. Read the full story at 802.11
Monday, December 16, 2002
is augmenting its digital subscriber line (DSL) offerings
with long distance and local calling as part of a new
bundled service for small businesses. Initially, the package
-- featuring high-speed Internet access, e-mail, Web hosting,
and service for up to eight phones -- will be available
in the San Francisco area. If successful there, Covad
is eyeing an additional 15 markets for 2003. Read the
full story at Boston.internet.com.
Thursday, December 12, 2002
is now integrating the TZO Dynamic DNS Service from Tzolkin
Corporation into its Barricade family of wired
and wireless cable/DSL broadband routers. The TZO service
allows people with dynamically assigned IP addresses from
their broadband service provider to host a Web site --
TZO keeps the DNS records on the Internet up to date with
whatever IP address the user is automatically assigned.
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Information Systems's new PCX5000 DOCSIS Wireless
Cable Modem Gateway with JumpMASTER Self-Installation
Wizard is now available to the public in CompUSA stores.
It uses Safe@ security software from SofaWare, a company
owned by VPN leader Check Point Software Technologies.
It has four built-in 10/100 Ethernet ports and supports
802.11b clients. The product's retail price is $299.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Cambridge Silicon Radio
(CSR), with SMART Modular Technologies, is making
a miniPCI card to go into laptops that will support both
802.11b and Bluetooth. Using a channel skipping technology,
the card minimizes interference and boosts Bluetooth throughput
by as much as 50%. Look for this card in laptops in mid-2003.
launched a new network-attached storage (NAS) device.
The EtherFast Instant GigaDrive (EFG80) is $549 and has
80GB of storage courtesy of an internal IDE hard drive.
The unit can take up to a 120GB if you swap drives, plus
a second drive bay can take up to another 120GB drive,
for a total of 240GB maximum. It's the first NAS that
supports Universal Plug-and Play (UPnP). It has a 10/100Mbps
Ethernet port for connecting to your hub or switch, or
can connect to a wireless network using a bridge like
the Linksys Wireless Ethernet Bridge (WET11). The unit's
own operating system resides in 16MB flash memory so it
can be accessed even if a drive failure takes place.
Electronics last week unveiled a three-way Wireless
Gateway Modem that includes a four-port Ethernet switch,
a wireless 802.11b access point, and a DOCSIS 1.1 compliant
cable modem in one device. The BTM-850W also supports
HomePNA 2.0 phoneline-based networks.
Monday, December 2, 2002
is lowering prices. The NeverWire 14 HomePlug powerline-based
networking devices will drop from $129 to $99, or they
can be purchased as a two-unit set for $189. As many as
16 NeverWire units can be used on a single network.