31 August 2000
Linksys wiggles some more
- Y'know that 1.33.1 firmware that we told
you about yesterday? Well, fugghetaboutit! It's still up on the
FTP site, but the web page upgrade links now will get you RELEASED
version 1.34. Go get it from the Linksys
FTP site since we won't be posting it. Note that 1.34 removes
some of the features in 1.33.1.
- The first of the 802.11b
wireless reviews is up. We're starting off with the 3COM
AirConnect LAN kit. It's not exactly priced for the home networking
crowd, but works pretty well. Check
out the review.
- For those looking for more
affordable 802.11b wireless networking, the Buffalo AirConnect
is next, since we've exchanged our bridge-only version for one with a router,
Ethernet LAN connection, and dialup modem built in. Hope to
get the review up sometime this weekend.
30 August 2000
Linksys wiggles a little
- The 1.33.1 firmware that they made
available for distribution has been reclassified as BETA,
according to my sources at Linksys. Which means that they won't answer
support questions on it. So even if you see "released" on
the Linksys firmware download page, it's still BETA!
29 August 2000
- The 3COM AirConnect review is in
progress. Hope to have it up late Weds.
- Buffalo Technology is sending in a
version of the AirStation that includes both a NAT router and dialup
modem. Word is from Buffalo that the router version
won't support PPPoE for awhile, so you DSL users will have to have
your own router handy.
firmware is available
- No, we were not mistaken when we posted the news about the
Linksys' 1.33.1 release. But they neglected to tell us that they were
changing servers which caused the firmware to go missing for many users due
to network DNS caching issues. It should now be available from the
Linksys FTP site. If you have problems, try connecting to ftp://188.8.131.52/pub/befsr41/
We're also making it available via email request.
here to get your copy.
- Linksys also tells us that they're now bundling Sybergen's
Sygate in their Networking kits and with their 1 and 10Mbps HomePNA kits and
Go here for their press release.
28 August 2000
- Finally got the decks cleared to bang out some
reviews! First up is a Quick
Check of the SMC Barricade router.
- A number of
emails expressed concern with the Netgear RT314's lack of "uplink"
connector for expansion. Not a problem. Read
this for an explanation of how to deal with this.
Linksys has released their 1.33.1 firmware. Go
here for a list of features in the release and to download from
Saturday, 26 August 2000
- Yeah, we know that we promised some new reviews this
week. But while preparing the Airstation review, we
noticed that the Wireless and Phoneline networking section needed some
updating, and well, one thing lead to another. We think you'll find
the results worth it, however, so check out the new Alternative
Networking section. We've included some often requested examples
of network setups that include Ethernet, HomePNA and wireless combinations,
- Looks like @Home is at it again with
their goofy Subscriber Agreement restrictions. This time, Comcast@Home
is banning use of VPN as of Sept 15. Where do they come up with this
stuff? If you want to complain, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 1-888-793-9800. You can download a PDF version of the
new subscriber agreement from this
- We've received a few copies of the new 1.33.1
BETA firmware for the Linksys routers from a few friendly
readers. We appreciate your sharing, but we've actually had this
release for about a week, waiting for the word from Linksys that it's ok to
post for download. They've been burned on previous releases by
generally distributing new firmware before they test with a small number of
selected BETA testers. As soon as we get the word, we'll post
- Alert reader Robert Zellers found that the SMC
Barricade router had disappeared from the Buy.com Web site
earlier today. A quick check with SMC revealed that this is due to
temporary problems at Buy.com and that the product should be available
again later today or tomorrow. The best current deal is at
Computers4sure, and don't forget the $20
all the current Barricade deals at Pricegrabber.
- Started out with good intentions of finishing the
AirStation review, but instead ending up creating a Wireless
Product Comparison chart. Give it a look and tell us how
much you love it!
- Did some preliminary checks on the Buffalo
Tech / Techworks AirStation and it's lookin' good. If you
want one, make sure you get the model WLAR-L11, which includes a
bridge and NAT routing function. My eval unit is a WLA-L11,
which only has a bridging function. So the review (up Tues or Weds)
won't be able to talk about routing until I swap eval units!
- Plowed through the email that's been piling up and did a
number of updates. Check out the Linksys
WAN IP poster.
- Started to check out the 3COM
Airconnect kit, but it's tough going. The Access point
has a lot of settings to twiddle, but it does not have a built-in NAT
router. $900 is a lot to pay for an 802.11b bridge,
but the product isn't really aimed at the consumer market anyway. We'll still press on to complete the review.
- A more interesting product might be the Buffalo
Tech / Techworks AirStation. This one does
have both bridge and routing functions, and at $280 list
will probably find its way to more homes and small offices than the 3COM
product. We have one in and have started looking at it, so check back
for the review this coming week.
- Search is
back up again. Let us know if you have problems, comments, questions.
- ZyXEL has let us know that their Prestige
314 has a limited-time promotional price of $175 and that
product is starting to ship. The review has also been revised.
- Just gave the SMC Barricade
a very quick run through. A full review will follow in a week or so,
but sure looks pretty much the same as the Asante FriendlyNET
router in features and performance, including routing speed, but $50
- Got a call from Addtron and they're sending an
ADR-E200P router in for review. Pricing has been confirmed
at around $90, but the unit does not have a
print server or COM port. Go to the Router
Chart for a spec summary.
- For those of you who like to write long Review
Opinions, you can now use HTML tags to format your
review. Please don't get too fancy with your formatting!
- The MaxGate UG3200
review is up.
- Just got word that the 3COM
Home Connect Home Network gateway has been delayed for awhile,
- The SMC Barricade eval unit just arrived.
an exact copy of the Asante FriendlyNET router, since it uses a different
circuit board. But it does use similar components. Stay
- Linksys and TZO team
Linksys and Tzolkin
announced that, effective immediately, they are bundling a Free 30-Day
trial CD-ROM of the award-winning TZO.COM Dynamic DNS Windows and Linux
client software and a 20% discount option in all packages of popular
selling Linksys Cable/DSL Routers (models BEFSR41 & BEFSR11) throughout
North America. Go here for the entire
- Back from vacation and trying to catch up on a number of assorted items
that readers have sent in. We're added some info
about sharing a DirecPC connection, a few ICS
Configuration port mappings, and updated the Linksys router help
pages, including a hint
for Quake III players.
- Our apologies for the delay in the MaxGate UG3200
review. It will be up sometime Monday.
- We'll be digging into the WiFi (802.11b) wireless
products that have arrived for eval, soon. Look for reviews on the
Airconnect Access Point and cards, Farallon SkyLine 11 PC card, and
Buffalo/Techworks Airstation Access point and PC card, within the next few
- Nexland informs us that they're lowering
prices on their products as follows until the end of September, 2000.
ISB100E Analog and ISDN: $159
- Reader Anthony Oden did some digging on the
too-good-to-be-true Addtron ADR-E200P. Seems that the print
server and RAS capability have been removed. Pricing (contrary to that
listed on CDW and other sites) seems to be more like $150-$180.
Unit is still unavailable anywhere, still not listed on the Addtron Web site,
and Addtron has not answered our requests for an eval unit.
- A helpful reader says there is a syslog client for Macs,
so Mac users can take advantage of the Netgear/ZyXEL
RT311/P311 and RT314/P314's logging feature. Go
here for the info.
- The ZyXEL Prestige
314 review is up. It's a Quick Check review because the
router is essentially the same as the Netgear RT314.
- Ok, ok, stop sending us email! The Netgear RT314 product review
up! The ZyXEL Prestige
314 twin review will follow shortly, but it will be essentially the
- Starting to get questions about SMC's
new Barricade router. The feature set looks like a lot
like the Asante FriendlyNET
that we just reviewed, but for $160! An eval unit is on the way.
It's been added to the Router
Chart in the meantime, so go check it out.
- From the "Is this
for real?" Dept...
An alert reader tipped us to the Addtron ADR-E200P.
This router is not on the Addtron Web site, but is listed
on CDW as a "Special Order" product. If this isn't
vaporware, it's a 4 port 10/100 switched router with a built in Windows
printserver for, get this... as
low as $83! If anyone actually has one of these, send
in a report and we'll post it!
-Another free personal
Sybergen (makers of Sygate) just announced that they are making their
Sybergen Secure Desktop(tm)
personal firewall software free for personal use. Go
here for a product overview and free download link.
- The Netgear RT314 product review is in
process and should be up tomorrow. This puppy is pretty
fast... faster than our test setup! The ZyXEL Prestige
314 twin is also on the lab bench and its review will shortly follow
the RT314's, but don't expect much difference between them!
We've updated the Asante FriendlyNET review. Turns out
their triggered port range mapping feature is more flexible
than we first thought! Check out Page
2 of the review.