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  • Can we extend range with repeaters?

    Posted August 31, 2004 - 11:53 am

    If you're interested in building a WLAN over a wide outdoor area, and range is more important to you than data speed, then wireless repeaters can help you out. Several wireless experts describe the tactics they'd use.
  • Law and order storage

    Posted August 30, 2004 - 4:32 pm

    An external USB hard disk drive with a built-in fingerprint scanner offers SMBs a viable way to store back-up files securely. The LockBox, from MicroSolutions, is available in 80-, 120- and 200-GB capacities.
  • Locking down Internet Explorer

    Posted August 30, 2004 - 4:18 pm

    Among the security enhancements in Windows XP SP2 is a lockdown of the My Computer zone. The new feature will close up one of the biggest vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer.
  • United Devices awarded patent for Internet search technology

    Posted August 25, 2004 - 8:42 pm

    United Devices has been awarded a patent that covers the use of grids in the performance of network site content indexing. The company says using grid techniques in combination with search algorithms will produce the most current indexes while allowing all media types to be included in search results.
  • Microsoft wraps up MOM 2005 management tool

    Posted August 25, 2004 - 4:04 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said it has finished work on Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, a major update to its MOM 2000 performance management software. Microsoft also announced MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition, previously called MOM 2005 Express.
  • IBM shows off new grid apps

    Posted August 25, 2004 - 10:35 am

    IBM introduced on its AlphaWorks website three emerging grid-based technologies that aim to help corporate and third-party developers better manage grid-based resources. ZetaGrid helps to "split up" an application and send it to multiple sites within a grid environment; GFRM (Grid File Replication Manager) is a Web-based tool for managing grid replicas; and DPPEJ (Distributed Parallel Programming Environment for Java) is a set of tools for compute-intensive applications.
  • ISS: critical Netscape flaw could be widespread

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 4:25 pm

    Security company Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) is warning its customers about a critical security hole in a commonly used technology from the Mozilla Foundation called the Netscape Network Security Services (NSS) library that could make Web servers vulnerable to remote attack.
  • Bell Canada launches SMB IP offering

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 1:18 pm

    Bell Canada introduced a private IP network earlier this month designed to allow small and medium-sized businesses that don't want to invest heavily in new technology the ability to share information over multiple locations across the country.
  • Mobile plan is a must

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 9:46 am

    Network managers have had to adjust to a number of changing dynamics over the last decade when it comes to keeping their corporations and organizations connected. A bombardment of new software products, constant upgrade requirements, the revolutionary model of online communication, heightened security threats -- the list is nearly endless. Perhaps no other technology revolution has impacted the day-to-day lives of network pros, however, than that of the so-called mobile office.
  • Cisco to acquire P-Cube for $200 million

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 8:42 am

    Cisco Systems Inc. said Monday it has agreed to acquire Sunnyvale, California, software developer P-Cube Inc. in a cash-and-options deal Cisco valued at $200 million.
  • Linksys, Vonage team up on VOIP

    Posted August 24, 2004 - 8:20 am

    Cisco Systems Inc.'s Linksys division today will enter the consumer VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) space through a deal with Vonage Holdings Corp. to provide customer equipment for that company's Internet-based telephone service.
  • Another look at wireless-LAN management

    Posted August 23, 2004 - 4:56 pm

    It suddenly occurred to me that in my column and White Paper on Multi-Site Wireless-LAN Management I hadn

  • U.S. broadband penetration breaks 50%

    Posted August 23, 2004 - 11:53 am

    Whereas most U.S. employees (80.21%) enjoy high-speed Internet connections in the workplace, the number of broadband connections in U.S. homes only just surpassed the 50 percent milestone in July, according to market research. The number of active Internet users with broadband connections at home grew by 1.21 percent, to 50.69 percent in July from 49.48 percent in June. The jump was significantly higher than the historical broadband increase, which had averaged 0.79 percent from October 1999 through May 2004.
  • Ethernet is getting more expensive

    Posted August 23, 2004 - 11:03 am

    The price of Ethernet has risen for the first time in several years even though people are buying more switches, says market researcher Dell'Oro Group Inc. The company says the average price of an Ethernet switch port has risen to $96, with Fast Ethernet around $50 per port and Gigabit around $200.
  • Analyzing utility computing's total cost of ownership

    Posted August 19, 2004 - 11:48 am

    The advent of utility computing calls for a new method of analyzing total cost of ownership (TCO) - one that takes into account variations in duration, volume and price in business processes - says this Yankee Group report.
  • Building a LAN: First steps

    Posted August 17, 2004 - 2:28 pm

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  • Troubleshooting VPNs

    Posted August 17, 2004 - 10:20 am

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  • Network Security Architectures

    Posted August 17, 2004 - 9:49 am

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    Posted August 17, 2004 - 9:00 am

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  • Symantec releases patching tool

    Posted August 16, 2004 - 8:53 am

    Security company Symantec Corp. will today announce the release of a patch management product that it says will enable small and medium-sized businesses to stay on top of software vulnerabilities.
  • Wireless LAN Security: Issues and Options

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 11:50 pm

  • Airespace enhances 802.11i security

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:33 am

    The enhanced 802.11i security standard is barely out of the gate, but security never sits still. Airespace is already selling a Wi-Fi offering that extends the 802.11i standard, plugging a few new holes.
  • Nortel, Motorola looking to mesh

    Posted August 12, 2004 - 12:27 am

    Two major wireless players are boosting their mesh offerings, as the industry gambles on the next major wireless frontier.
  • Staff remain the weakest link for IT security

    Posted August 9, 2004 - 3:39 pm

    Three-quarters of the companies survey admit that they're not doing enough and that a centrally managed and multilayered approach to security is necessary to address the constantly evolving threat. However, less than a quarter said they were actively seeking to resolve the situation.
  • SonicWALL expands SMB offerings

    Posted August 8, 2004 - 8:00 am

    A news series of secure gateway appliances for smaller enterprises incorporate wired and wireless technology for perimeter security for less than $1,000.
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