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The annual NetWorld+Interop Las Vegas show is the event for companies who make networking related products to strut their stuff.  Although the dot-com economy may be in shambles, and Cisco and others may be trimming workforces and announcing disappointing earnings, the show must go on!

We've been getting a steady stream of show-related announcements and making our ToDo list of things to check out at the show.  Here's some of what has caught our interest.

 

Buffalo goes Pro


Buffalo Technologies
will be showing a few new members of their 802.11b AirStation line, including a USB client adapter and their wireless print server (see our review).  The big news is the first look at its AirStation Pro, a wireless bridge system for connecting LANs in different rooms, or even different buildings.

This product is basically an Ethernet to 802.11b bridge that can communicate wirelessly with other bridges (see diagram)-- something that many people have been looking for to easily join two Ethernet networks on different floors of a home or small office.  The catch is that the Pro is being positioned for the "Enterprise" and that means it won't be cheap.  We'll post pricing info when we get it.  BuffaloTech will also add two outdoor antennas to their lineup: one unidirectional and the other an omni-directional.

AirStation Pro example

 

HomeRF gets a second chance

Proxim plans to show that there's still life in the HomeRF market by via a demonstration of the new HomeRF2.0 10Mbps spec.  Products with this technology are due out later this year, and this will be our first chance to see if it's got the goods.  Whether HomeRF2.0 can hold its own against the 802.11b/WiFi juggernaut remains to be seen.

 

Ositis takes the hard road

Ositis, makers of the popular WinProxy internet sharing software, will be introducing WinProxy 4, and three hardware products! One product provides mobile internet access [AccessNow] with no configuration or gateway hassles.  The second provides anti-virus protection [AVStripper] for an Internet connection.  The third is described as a hardware version of WinProxy4.0 [Sentinel Firewall].  We'll see if we can also get the poop on their recently announced WinProxy for Starband product while we're there, too.

Update! We received more info from Ositis on the new hardware products, so here it is: (The info is cut-and-pasted, so it's a little heavy on marketing "enthusiasm"...)

  • AccessNow is the solution for mobile Internet access. Instant access to the Internet with no configuration, setup, IP address entry, subnet or gateway hassles is now possible. If your connection point is running AccessNow, you plug in and it just works!  
    AccessNow connects any user to the Internet with any type of network configuration. AccessNow is the ultimate solution where Internet connectivity is the goal. It is perfect for hotels, cafes, airports, conferences mobile workgroups, and copy shops. Excellent for sites where no end-user support is available. AccessNow provides immediate access for all users with NO SETUP. No matter how the user has their system configured, they will be able to connect to the Internet. Instant access is no longer a myth- itís a reality. AccessNow is available in software, hardware, wired and wireless versions.

  • Connect the AVStripper to your Internet pipeline and stop all Internet virus activity on your network. It cleans both incoming and outgoing connections to keep your network safe and secure. Just plug it in and it works with your existing network. No configuration is necessary. Protects the entire enterprise from malicious code including hacker style viruses seeking to invade the corporate network. No longer does the administrator have to rely on each individualís desktop to have up-to-the-hour virus definitions lest a single user bring down the entire network.
    The AVStripper includes customizable alerting and reporting for the network administrator. It may be used on both the incoming Internet pipeline or between subnets to limit network vulnerability. As a stand-alone hardware solution, there is no system integration necessary. Just plug it into your existing network for seamless and transparent protection.

  • Sentinel Firewall protects your network and simultaneously connects all your computers to the Internet. Firewall hardware includes proxy and DHCP server, server-side antivirus protection for both incoming and outgoing connections, ultra fast caching, extensive user controls, advanced alerting with logging, site filtering, and VPN client support.
    For ultimate network control, alerting for events feature includes advanced user modifiable notification for virus attempts, smart filter, whitelist and blacklist violations. Alert rule creation can be managed easily at both the global categories level all the way down to specific protocol level functions. The notification method can be selected independently for each rule including email, popup message, program message or special log creation. The alert message may also be customized per rule.
    Advanced user privileges allow the network administrator to control each user or user group individually by time, site filters and protocol. Define access to the Internet by both user groups and individual access controls.

 

Right this way!Keep goin'!  There's more new stuff!

 



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