You may have heard of the trouble Michael Lynn got himself into with Cisco, ISS and maybe the Department of Homeland Security at Black Hat 2005 yesterday in Las Vegas. But Humphrey Cheung's report has had some of the slides that Cisco's army of page cutters didn't want you to see.
Microsoft's official entry into the consumer networking hardware business has been met with mixed reactions from industry watchers. Some say the line of wired and 802.11b wireless routers and network adapters is priced right, and has the advantage of Microsoft's Support organization behind it. Others say it's a ho-hum offering, with little to differentiate it from the slew of established products from Linksys, SMC, D-Link, NETGEAR, and others.
With Windows XP well into deployment and more manufacturers starting to beat the drum on how wonderful life is with a UPnP enabled router, I thought I'd see whether UPnP is something that you just won't want to live without in your Internet sharing device. If you don't know what UPnP is, or even if you do, you may want to read our UPnP FAQ before diving into this NTK, since the basics and background of UPnP are covered there. Also, if you're the impatient type and just want the bottom line on what I found, you can get it here.
One of the "lessons learned" from our testing of higher speed (>10Mbps) network adapters is that you don't always get what you think you're getting, i.e. higher network speed. Things that didn't matter at lower network speeds come into play when using products such as 100Mbps Ethernet adapters and even the newer 802.11a wireless network adapters.