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Belkin adds new N1 draft 11n router

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Belkin today announced its N1 Vision wireless router that features a unique design approach.

The product features an interactive display that can be used to view a variety of router status information. Views include Download/Upload "Speedometer", network bandwidth usage and even the speed of individual connected clients.

D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router Review:Draft 2.0 arrives

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Read more...D-Link's DIR-655 has received Wi-Fi Draft 2.0 Certification. Our tests show that it finally might be safe to make the move to draft 11n.

Slideshow: D-Link DIR-655

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D-Link's DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit Router is one of the first draft 11n products to be Wi-Fi Certified.
Read the full review.

Update2: D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, others get Wi-Fi N Certification

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D-Link and Netgear today announced the first products to receive draft 2.0 802.11n certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

D-Link's DIR-655 Xtreme N Router and DWA-652 Notebook Adapter and Netgear's RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router – Gigabit Edition (WNR854T) and RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router (WNR834B) passed the Alliance's Certification test suite.

Products from other companies, including Linksys and Intel also have received the Wi-Fi Draft 2.0 certification. The official list can be found here.

According to the D-Link release, certification "guarantees interoperability among 11n products, adherence to security protocol and backward compatibility with previous generations of Wi-Fi gear, including popular 802.11g products".

The products will all be able to display the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 logo.

How We Test Wireless Products - Azimuth Method

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Read more...We've once again updated our wireless test methods to include test results that you won't find anywhere else.

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.

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