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T-Mobile rolls out home Wi-Fi connection service

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T-Mobile USA today nationally launched a wireless service that extends its combination cellular / Wi-Fi hotspot service to home wireless LANs.

AirMagnet gets Patent for spoofed AP detection

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AirMagnet today said it has received a notice of allowance for a U.S. Patent covering multiple methods of identifying “spoofed” or counterfeit devices in a wireless LAN.

The methods were co-developed by AirMagnet’s CTO, Chia-Chee Kuan, as well as Chief Architect, Miles Wu, and President and CEO, Dean Au.

The technology in the patent application detects counterfeit APs by finding anomalies in wireless traffic, such as devices whose actual beacon frame rate differs from the announced or expected frame rate. Additionally, counterfeit APs can be identified by detecting an abundance of out of sequence packets, which could indicate that potentially two devices are transmitting with the same identity.

Netgear and Ubiquisys Team to Develop Femtocell Home Gateway

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Netgear and Ubiquisys Ltd., a developer of intelligent 3G femtocell access points for the residential market, today announced their collaboration to deliver a comprehensive residential gateway with integrated DSL modem, Wi-Fi, VoIP and 3G femtocell technology.

The Ubiquisys ZoneGate femtocell is a plug-and-play 3G access point that uses a mobile subscriber's DSL connection to transport voice and data calls to the core network using a range of standards-based interfaces. This embedded capability is aimed at providing mobile operators with the means to interact with home networks via 3G broadband networks.

It is anticipated that the NETGEAR gateway integrating Ubiquisys' femtocell technology will be available for operator testing by Q4 2007, with commercial availability slated for early 2008.

MetaGeek Wi-Spy 2.4x Review: Better, but Bigger Bucks

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Read more...Meta-Geek's breakthrough Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer gets better and more expensive, but is still a bargain.

Update: CSIRO shuts down Buffalo WLAN shipments

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Updated 6/21/07

Last Friday, a federal court in Texas granted Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, an injunction to prevent infringement of its wireless network patent by Buffalo-group companies in the US. The injunction prevents the sales of all wireless LAN products by Buffalo until a license for CSIRO technology is negotiated.

CSIRO had begun a test case against the Buffalo companies in February 2005 in Texas, after the industry had failed to accept CSIRO’s offers to license its wireless local area network (WLAN) patents on reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) terms.

AirMagnet adds 11n to Laptop Analyzer

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AirMagnet today announced a new version of its Laptop Analyzer that natively decodes and analyzes 802.11n Wi-Fi networks.

The new 7.5 version of Laptop Analyzer provides visibility into all wireless channels, devices, speeds, interference issues and RF spectrum for pre-deployment planning and post-deployment management of 802.11n Wi-Fi networks.

The new version can differentiate between standards-compliant and pre-standard 802.11n devices and supports monitoring both 20 and 40 MHz bandwidth modes and detects and classifies the higher data rates used by 802.11n devices.

MetaGeek announces next-gen low cost Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer

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MetaGeek today announced the next generation of its Wi-Spy 2.4GHz Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer.

Wi-Spy 2.4x has three times the frequency resolution, three times the amplitude resolution, and twice the amplitude range of the original Wi-Spy.

SMC intros dual-band outdoor AP/bridges

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SMC Networks new outdoor access point / bridges targeted at wireless SMB building-to-building links.

The new SMC EliteConnect Outdoor Bridges come in two models: the SMC2890W-AG with external antenna options for both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz radio and the SMC2891W-AG with integrated 5GHz antenna as well as external options for both 5GHz and 2.4GHz.

AirMagnet updates Handheld Analyzer

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AirMagnet today announced AirMagnet Handheld Analyzer 7.0. This latest release introduces support for 802.11g, including support of Summit Data Communications’ SDC-CF20G 802.11g Compact Flash Module.

Version 7.0 also delivers a pre-802.11n alarm and also analyzes 802.11d.

AirMagnet Handheld Analyzer 7.0 has a U.S. manufacturers suggested retail price of $2,995 per license. Existing customers who have an active software support subscription are entitled to a no charge upgrade. AirMagnet also is offering the Summit card for a U.S. manufacturers suggested retail price of $150.

VeriSign, AirMagnet team to prevent wireless data theft

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VeriSign and AirMagnet today announced a new service designed to shield corporate wireless networks from data theft and other security threats.

VeriSign Wireless IPS is the latest addition to VeriSign’s Managed Security Services, which is part of the VeriSign Layered Security Services Solution. The new service helps customers design, deploy, manage and monitor wireless intrusion prevention systems.

Netgear 11n Draft 2.0 upgrade released

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Netgear has quietly released new firmware for its WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless Router - Gigabit Edition wireless router. The Version 1.4.19 firmware adds 802.11n Draft 2.0 compatibility as well as fixing MTU and Broadcom client connection issues.

The firmware is available as a free download now.

D-Link two weeks ago released Draft 2.0 upgrades for its Draft 802.11n Xtreme N product line

Zyxel adds 'ultra-thin' AP system

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Zyxel has announced its WLAN Controller System, which it bills as the industry’s first "ultra-thin" access point.

The managed WLAN solution includes the NXC-8160 controller and NWA-8500 AP and features what Zyxel calls “channel blanket technology”. Zyxel said the technology guarantees throughput, delivers zero delay roaming, eliminates site survey and channel planning and reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) by more than 40 percent.

The system offloads all functions of the AP to a centralized controller and puts all APs on the same channel, using the same BSSID. Zyxel's "channel blanket" technology prevents the multiple APs on the same channel from interfering with each other. This technique provides zero delay roaming, because roaming no longer requires switching between multiple channels or having to reconnect to each access point. Each AP has two radios, enabling the user to dedicate one channel for voice and one for data.

Draft 11n certification draws near

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The Wi-Fi Alliance today unveiled a re-designed consumer logo for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n Draft 2.0 products, and announced the products and reference designs that will make up its test bed for interoperability certification.

Update:D-Link announces dual-band draft 11n media bridge

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D-Link today introduced a wireless Ethernet bridge using dual-band draft 11n technology at Microsoft's WinHEC event.

The D-Link Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge (DAP-1555) allows users to add 5 GHz Draft 802.11n capabilities to existing wired or wireless routers or other Ethernet-based products. The DAP-1555 works with dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) draft 802.11n wireless devices as well as legacy 802.11a/b/g products. Up to five MediaBridge adapters can be used to connect a router to Ethernet-capable devices such game consoles, digital video recorders and networked media adapters.

Security features includeWPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) for push-button secure wireless network configuration as well as WEP, WPA or WPA2 wireless security. Other features include a 5-Port 10/100 switch and UPnP support.

Colubris announces Enterprise-Class 802.11n Access Point

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Colubris Networks today announced an enterprise-class 802.11n access point. The dual-radio MAP-625 is said to provide 802.11n clients with more than four times the performance of current generation WLANs, while simultaneously supporting legacy 802.11a/b/g devices at their full speeds.

The MAP-625's dual-radio design features an 802.11n Draft 2 compliant radio with 3x3 MIMO technology. Legacy device support is provided via a separate 802.11a/b/g radio. The AP also features Colubris' new antenna design with antennae integrated on two hinged wings. This design provides flexibility to operate the access point in an open position as an omni-directional antenna or in a closed position as a directional patch antenna with 5 dBi gain.

Azimuth intros new WLAN product test system

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Azimuth Systems today introduced its next-generation platform for MIMO and SISO 802.11 wireless product testing.

The ADEPT-n MIMO test platform is a single-box, point-to-multi-point tester that enables repeatable performance, interoperability and functional testing of 802.11a/b/g/n devices. Azimuth said the ADEPT-n will succeed its W-series 802.11 a/b/g performance test platform, as the wireless industry transitions to the 802.11n standard.

D-Link ready with 11n Draft 2.0 upgrades

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D-Link today said it has Draft 2.0 product upgrades available for download for its Draft 802.11n Xtreme N product line.The firmware and driver upgrades have also achieved 'Connect with Intel Centrino' certification.

The 2.0 draft of the 802.11n specification brings the industry closer to final ratification, providing the next set of technical requirements for enhancing existing draft 11n products. The technical changes occurring between the draft 1.0 and 2.0 deal primarily with the protection of the legacy devices.

Upgrades are available for the following Xtreme N products: DIR-655 Gigabit Router; DWA-556 PCI Express Desktop Adapter; DWA-643 Notebook ExpressCard; DWA-552 Desktop Adapter and; DWA-652 Notebook Adapter. D-Link's 1.0 products and 2.0 upgrades are based on Atheros' XPAN draft 11n technologies.

Upgrades for all of D-Link's draft 802.11n products will be available this quarter.

BVS announces handheld 802.11b/a/g analyzer

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Berkeley Varitronics Systems yesterday announced a new Yellowjacket handheld Wi-Fi & spectrum analyzer.

The Yellowjacket B/A/G system demodulates, sweeps and analyzes all popular 802.11 Wi-Fi network packets including 802.11 a, b and g. The new handheld is also a spectrum analyzer that measures RF energy in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands accurate to within +1 dB.

Analysis features include SNR (Signal-to-Noise), Multipath (Ec/Io), Delay Spread, Channel Frequency Response (CFR), SSID and RSSI measurements.

Yellowjacket B/A/G will be available next quarter. Pricing was not given.

Atheros sampling 10/100 switch chip

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Atheros today announced that it is sampling a low-cost six port 10/100 Ethernet switch chip to key customers.

The company said the AR8216 will allow it to provide networking customers with "all of the major silicon required for complete wire-to-wireless router solutions". Atheros chose to produce a 10/100 switch instead of a gigabit Ethernet version because it believes that is where the volume will be in the near term.

Belkin settles wireless class action suit

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Belkin has settled a class action lawsuit that claimed some of the company's wireless LAN products did not meet advertised speed and range claims.

The lawsuit (Shannahoff v. Belkin Corporation) claimed that Belkin made and sold select models of its wireless LAN products that did not achieve advertised transmission rates and connectivity range under alleged “real-world” operating conditions.

The 37 products covered in the settlement include Belkin's 802.11g, "Pre-N", and Wireless G Plus MIMO products. Belkin's "N1" draft 11n products are not included in the suit or settlement.

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