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DS2 to demo 400 Mbps powerline networking

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Powerline networking chipmaker DS2 announced today that it has developed a new powerline technology that operates at a 400Mbps peak data rate.

The new technology is said to be compatible with existing 200 Mbps products from DS2 and will be available sometime in 2009.

Demonstration of the new technology will be featured at an invitation-only launch in New York City next month.

8 Port Gigabit Switch Roundup

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Read more...There are many reasons to choose one gigabit switch over another. But performance isn't one of them.
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Slideshow: Six 8 port Gigabit Switches

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Any of these eight-port gigabit switches, which all support up to 9k jumbo frames, will provide a speed boost for your LAN.

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Slideshow: Netgear FVX538 ProSafe VPN Firewall 200

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Netgear's FVX538 supports 200 IPsec tunnels and dual WAN ports with failover and balance modes.
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Linksys RV042 Review: Solid Dual WAN, VPN Performer

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Read more...The Linksys RV042 packs a lot of small-biz routing features into a compact chassis.

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HomePlug moving to Certify IEEE 1901 powerline products

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The HomePlug Powerline Alliance today announced its intent to certify IEEE 1901 products. The certification will be based on the HomePlug Alliance’s recently merged proposal.

The merged proposal [related story] recently submitted by HomePlug and Panasonic to the IEEE P1901 Work Group offers the efficiency of a single MAC and the flexibility to support both the HD-PLC and HomePlug AV PHYs.

It is unclear whether the merged proposal includes interoperability and coexistence with powerline products based on DS2's competing technology. A HomePlug Alliance spokesperson directed a request for clarification of this issue to the chair of the IEEE P 1901 work group, who did not respond.

Panasonic joins with HomePlug for IEEE BPL standard

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The HomePlug Powerline Alliance today announced that HomePlug and Panasonic have merged their technical submissions to the IEEE P1901 Work Group for Broadband over Powerline (BPL) to submit a joint proposal.

The merged submission offers a single MAC to support both the HD-PLC and HomePlug AV PHYs. As a result, future products based on the merged P1901 proposal can be fully interoperable with existing HomePlug AV and Panasonic HD-PLC products.

The IEEE P1901 group is developing a communications standard for high-speed powerline devices. The standard will be usable by all classes of high-speed BPL products, including networking devices for the first-mile/last-mile connection to broadband services and consumer products providing in-home networking and multimedia distribution. The IEEE P1901 Work Group is expected to approve a proposal later this year.

Slideshow: Linksys RV042 10/100 4-Port VPN Router

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Linksys' 4 port business VPN router has a good feature set, fast routing and ample VPN tunnel throughput.
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D-Link DFL-CPG310 Review: Decent UTM, Funky VPN

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Read more...D-Link and Checkpoint have put together a nice small-biz UTM gateway. Too bad that the bundled VPN client isn't equally useful.
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D-Link joins MoCA

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D-Link yesterday announced its membership in the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), an open, industry-driven initiative promoting distribution of digital video, data and entertainment through existing coaxial cable in the home.

D-Link currently has no products with MoCA-compliant features.

HomePNA Alliance adds three members

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The HomePNA Alliance today announced that three more companies have joined. The new members are CAIW, a Dutch cable service provider of television, Internet and radio, Ooma, a VoIP handset and service provider, and Phybridge, a gateway manufacturer.

HomePNA creates, promotes and certifies home networking over existing coax cables and phone wires to deliver Internet Protocol (IP) services like IPTV, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and data.

Netgear FVS124G Review: Dual WAN, Gigabit LAN, 25 VPN tunnels

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Read more...This dual-WAN IPsec endpoint router was ahead of its time with its gigabit LAN switch. But it could use more juice to support all its IPsec tunnels.
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Belkin quietly kills Pulse product

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SmallNetBuilder has learned that Belkin has discontinued its Pulse network monitoring product, which was announced in April. A company spokesperson was not able to provide a specific reason for pulling the product.

Pulse might have been conceived as a natural extension of Belkin's Datacenter product line, which includes cabling, racks and UPS products. But the product never really got into distribution and was quietly cancelled sometime in the past month.

Pulse was based on technology from privately-funded JumpNode Systems, which is based in Minneapolis. JumpNode is actively selling its own version of the product, primarily through resellers.

Sonicwall TZ190 Review: UTM + WWAN

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Read more...UTM (Unified Threat Management) appliances are the current hot trend. But Sonicwall has upped the ante by throwing in WWAN access.
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Updated: Intellon Announces 2nd-gen HomePlug AV Chip

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Intellon yesterday announced the release of its second-generation HomePlug AV powerline communications IC. The INT6300 uses "architectural and design improvements" to deliver enhanced 200 Mbps HomePlug AV performance at a 25% cost savings compared to Intellon's first generation HomePlug AV chipset.

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Square One Personal Internet Server Review: A solid Square with some rough edges

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Read more...All-in-one Internet appliances usually don't live up to their name. Quad Micro Works' Square One is no exception.
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VLAN How To: Segmenting a small LAN

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Read more...VLANs aren't just for large networks. Doug Reid shows you how to use a smart switch and VLANs to divide a small LAN into secure, separate segments.
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ZyXEL announces ADSL2+ gateway with HomePlug AV

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ZyXEL today announced what it claims is the first all-in-one ADSL2+ gateway with built-in HomePlug AV.

The P-660HWP series features a built-in HomePlug AV (HPAV) adapter, providing up to 200 Mbps raw LAN data rate for triple-play services. It supports ADSL2+ speeds up to 24 Mbps as well as Reach-Extended ADSL (RE ADSL) for higher speed at longer distances.

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The Tao of Multimedia Production Networking - Part 3

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Read more...In the final chapter, we find out about wireless and VPN and whether our hero gets the girl.
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Netgear intros 2-in-1 Powerline Network Extender

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Netgear today announced a power adapter with built-in HomePlug 1.0 network interface.

The XEPS103 Space-Saving Powerline Network Extender replaces a router's existing 12V / 1A power adapter and supplies both power to the router or gateway and an 85 Mbps HomePlug 1.0 network connection. The Extender reduces clutter by requiring only one plug to supply both power and a network extension.

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