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Slideshow - Trendnet TEG-160WS Web-smart switch

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Of the three smart switches reviewed, the Trendnet TEG-160WS 16-port 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Web Smart Switch has the most basic feature set. Read the full review.
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Linksys RVS4000: Great features but slow downloads

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Read more...The RVS4000 has just about every routing feature you could want. But it might put a crimp in your download speed.
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Slideshow - Linksys RVS4000

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Linksys packs a lot into this "business series" router including gigabit WAN and LAN ports and both client to gateway and gateway to gateway IPsec. Read the full review.
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SMC to ship HomePlug AV adapter

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SMC Networks today announced the addition of a HomePlug AV powerline / Ethernet adapter.

The SMC EZ Connect 200Mbps Powerline AV Hybrid Ethernet Adapter (SMCHPAVH-ETH) is compatible with HomePlug AV/1.0 and 1.1, as well as with existing SMC HomePlug Turbo and 14Mbps devices. Up to 16 Powerline devices can be used in the same network.

The adapter will be available in May 2007 at an MSRP of $99.

NETGEAR adds 24-Port smart PoE switch

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NETGEAR today announced the ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Smart Switch with Four Gigabit Ports and 24 PoE Ports (FS728TP).

The new switch features 24 10/100 ports which each support 802.3af PoE with a total power budget of 195 watts. There are also two combination gigabit copper/SFP slots for optional fiber connectivity and two 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet ports. Management methods include a web-based admin interface, NETGEAR's ProSafe Network Management Software or other SNMP-based (SNMP v1, v2 and v3) management software.

Other features include Access Control List (ACL) filtering, 802.1x port authentication, enhanced QoS for prioritization of voice traffic, rate limiting, and IGMP snooping.

The FS728TP is available now at $630 suggested list.

Phoneline Networking now international standard

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The HomePNA Alliance today announced that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has standardized the HomePNA 3.1 multimedia home networking specification. The Alliance said that Recommendation G9954 (01/2007) makes HomePNA the only "internationally standardized existing-wire home networking technology".

HomePNA 3.1 enables service providers to offer high-speed, triple-play Internet services over both phone wires and coaxial cables at speeds up to 320 Mbps.


Linksys intros small biz managed switches, RAID BYOD NASes

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Linksys today announced six new "fully managed" Layer-2 switches and its first line of RAID capable network attached storage solutions with both lines aimed at small business users.

The new switches include two stackable 24 10/100 + 4 gigabit port, two stackable 24 10/100/1000 + 4 SFP port and standalone 24 10/100 + 4 gigabit and 48 10/100 + 4 gigabit models. Four out of the six products include PoE ports and all feature a web management interface as well as SNMP, RMON and Telnet management options.

The new NASes represent the company's first foray into RAID networked storage. Both of the two models support up to four drives and feature redundant power supplies. They come either without drives or configured with 1 TB of RAID 5 storage and support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1 + Spare, RAID 5, RAID 5 + Spare, RAID 10, and JBOD configurations.

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TRENDnet adds HomePlug Turbo product

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TRENDnet had announced the addition of the TPL-202E 85Mbps Powerline Fast Ethernet Bridge to its family of Powerline products.

The product is based on Intellon's HomePlug 1.0 plus Turbo technology and is compatible with HomePlug 1.0 compliant products.

The TPL-202E is available now at $45-$55 street pricing.

Netgear FVS114: IPsec routing on the cheap

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Read more...Looking for a multi-tunnel IPsec endpoint router on a tight budget? Craig Ellison thinks that the FVS114 just might do the trick.
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Multi-Tech Announces Secure SMB Wi-Fi VPN Router

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Multi-Tech Systems today announced two wireless routers with PPTP/IPsec VPN endpoint capability. The new RouteFinder SOHO Security Appliances are aimed at branch offices that need secure access to a corporate LAN while providing the convenience of Wi-Fi.

The new appliances combine a stateful packet inspection firewall supporting up to 15 client-to-LAN or LAN-to-LAN IPSec or PPTP VPN tunnels and 3DES / AES encryption with an 802.11b/g Wi-Fi router. Other features include browser-based management, syslog support and built-in 4 port 10/100 switch.

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Netgear adds two gigabit stackable smart switches

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Netgear today announced the expansion of its stackable "Smart Switch" line with the launch of the ProSafe 24- and 48-Port Gigabit Stackable Smart Switches (GS724TS and GS748TS).

The ProSafe Gigabit Stackable Smart Switches have 24 or 48 10/100/1000 ports and four shared SFP Gigabit Ethernet fiber ports, plus two dedicated stacking ports. The stacking ports use off-the-shelf HDMI cables and provide a 20 Gbps, dual-ring, stacking bus that enables users to stack up to six switches, or 288 10/100/1000 ports and manage them all under a single IP address.

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Zyxel PLA-400: Putting HomePlug AV into the game

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Read more...HomePlug AV has been a long time coming. Tim Higgins finds that Zyxel's PLA-400 almost makes it worth the wait.
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Motorola Completes Netopia Acquisition

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Motorola today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Netopia, Inc. The transaction has a total equity value of approximately $208 million on a fully-diluted basis.

Netopia is a leader in providing carrier-class broadband customer premise equipment (CPE), remote management software, and services to telecom operators worldwide. The company provides a full portfolio of products designed for DSL networks, including wired and wireless modems, routers, and gateways. The company's products deliver voice, video, data, and other advanced services to residential and business customers.

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Intellon says powerline IPTV biz is good

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(OCALA, FL) Powerline networking chipmaker Intellon yesterday announced that twelve service providers in Europe and Asia are using its HomePlug 1.0 with Turbo powerline chipsets for in-home standard definition IPTV distribution.

The companies are 1&1, Chung Hwa Telecom, Club Internet, France Telecom, Free, Hanaro Telecom, neuf cegetel, PCCW, Simmin, Tele2, Telecom Italia France and TPSA.

Zyxel Zywall 2 Plus:Feature-rich, tunnel poor

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Read more...Zyxel's entry-level security appliance packs a lot into a small box. Tim Higgins reviews.
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Intellon raises $18 Million in financing

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Leading HomePlug chipmaker Intellon Corporation yesterday announced it has raised $18 million in new equity financing. Samsung Ventures joins existing investors BCE Capital; Comcast Interactive Capital; Duchossois Technology Partners; EnerTech Capital; Fidelity Ventures; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Intel Capital; Liberty Associated Partners, LP; Motorola Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Motorola, Inc.; TL Ventures; and UMC Capital Corporation in the financing round. The round was led by Goldman Sachs.

Intellon will use the new funds to accelerate the global rollout of its HomePlug AV compatible ICs and to "develop innovative new products to meet customer needs".

InterWorking Labs announces portable $1,500 network emulator

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InterWorking Labs today announced Mini Maxwell, a portable, low-cost network emulator.

The product is a Layer 2 network emulator with the ability to apply packet impairments including drop/lose, duplicate, delay and reordering to five user-defined traffic "bands" in both transmit and receive directions. A variety of packet filters can be applied including IPv4 source/destination address, Layer 3 source/destination port, protocol, MAC address and more.

The Mini Maxwell measures 6" x 6" x 1" weighs less than two pounds and is controlled via a web interface. Two 10/100 Ethernet ports are available for traffic and one for control.

The product is available now for $1,499 direct from InternetWorking Labs' website.

Netopia Signs IOC Distribution Deal with EMBARQ Logistics

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Netopia today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with EMBARQ Logistics, the deployment, distribution, and logistics division of Embarq Corporation.

EMBARQ Logistics will offer all of Netopia’s products -- including the 2200 series cost-optimized gateways, 3300 series performance-optimized gateways, the MiAVo triple-play gateways, the NBBS physical layer management platform, and the eCare application layer customer care solution. Embarq will offer these products to North American network service providers to help provide the successful deployment and management of competitively differentiated broadband networks.

The agreement expands Netopia’s access to the IOC (independent operating company) community as these carriers face new competitive threats from cable and wireless providers.

HomePNA releases 3.1 spec

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HomePNA today announced the release of HomePNA 3.1, a home networking specification that increases data rates over existing home wiring to 320 Mbps.

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MoCA brings TI under its tent; counts 1M nodes installed

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The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) on Monday announced that Texas Instruments (TI) as its newest member. TI's membership brings the total number of MoCA members to 43, including 11 chip vendors.

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