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HomePNA still alive and kickin'

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The HomePNA Alliance wants us to know that it is still in the fight as an alternative (to Ethernet) networking technology. It today announced HomePNA 3.1 certification of nine new products and the first 320 Mbps chipset reference design from CopperGate.

The newly-certified products include VDSL2 and ADSL2+ residential gateways, Ethernet to coax bridges and a set top box. Companies included 2Wire, D-Link, SMC, SendTek and Scientific Atlanta.

Higher Power PoE standard now at Draft 3.0

Updated 3/28/2008

The Ethernet Alliance today announced that the IEEE P802.3at task force has created IEEE P802.3at/Draft 3.0 and has submitted it to the IEEE 802.3 working group ballot for technical review of the draft standard. This task force expects to complete standard ratification by 2009.

New to the Charts: PepLink Balance 30

It's occurred to me that readers monitoring our RSS feeds can't tell when we add new products to the charts. So, starting now, I'll be announcing additions via short news items.

Peplink's Balance 30 has been added to the Router Charts. It's a three-WAN router with about 20 Mbps routing throughput and built-in four port 10/100 switch.

D-Link adds 16, 24 port switches to "green" lineup

D-Link today announced the expansion of its "Green Ethernet" switch line with the addition of 16 and 24 port unmanaged gigabit models.

New hardware revisions of the DGS-1016D 16-port and DGS-1024 24-port unmanaged gigabit switches now support the same power-saving features introduced on the DGS-2205 and DGS-2208 5 and 8 port switches last October.

Apposite releases entry-level WAN emulator

Apposite Technologies has announced the release of the Linktropy Mini, a portable, low cost version of its Linktropy WAN emulator.

The Linktropy Mini emulates link bandwidth, delay, jitter, packet loss, and other basic network impairments on up to 100 Mbps bi-directional network links. The Mini measures only 11" W x 7" D x 1.75" H and weighs 3.5 lbs. making it easy to transport and use.

The Linktropy Mini is available immediately for $1975 MSRP.

Zyxel suing D-Link over cheap switch

Digitimes today reported that Zyxel Communications has filed a complaint against D-Link and Waveplus Technology for switch-related patent infringements. Chip supplier Waveplus is being blamed as the cause of the dispute.

The dispute is over a < $20 D-Link switch that is sold only in Russia and that Zyxel claims is "very similar" to a Zyxel design.

Zyxel said it has not yet decided the amount of monetary damages it will claim and D-Link said that it is "completely protected from any patent controversy" and that no operations should be affected by the dispute.

Full Digitimes Story

D-Link bringing MoCA bridge to retail soon

MoCA chipset manufacturer Entropic today announced that D-Link will have a retail product by the end of Q1.

The D-Link DXN-220 MoCA MediaBridge is an Ethernet to coax MoCA-compliant bridge using Entropic's EN2210 chipset. The announcement didn't quote any bandwidth numbers, but MoCA 1.1 has a PHY (raw) data rate of 270 Mbps. So expect a maximum application (useful) data rate of around half that.

No pricing was announced.

HotBrick adds dual-WAN IPsec firewall router

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HotBrick Network Solutions recently introduced the VPN 800/2G, a dual WAN router with IPsec endpoint capability.

The router supports 9 load balancing methods and automatic failover on its dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet WAN ports. A built-in 8 port 10/100 plus two 10/100/1000 switch provides LAN client connection.

100 simultaneous IPSec VPN tunnels with DES, 3DES and AES encryption support remote client or gateway-to-gateway connection. HotBrick's standard VPN client has no node license limitation.

Other features include a SPI+NAT firewall, one-to-one NAT and port-based QoS for bandwidth management.

The VPN 800/2G is available immediately at an MSRP of $899.

DS2 to demo 400 Mbps powerline networking

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.

HomePlug moving to Certify IEEE 1901 powerline products

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.

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