The evolution of wireless broadband in North America has been one, to borrow a phrase, of fits and starts. Last March, Novatel Wireless and Sprint announced they'd fit themselves together somehow to give Rev. A of EV-DO service a try on this continent; today, the two announced they're finally ready to start. Sprint will be rolling out EV-DO Rev. A broadband service for its burgeoning line of mobile users, and Novatel Wireless will be providing second-generation Merlin S720 cards for the job.
The only organization able to make the anything-goes WLAN industry toe the line has decided to take a less objective approach. The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced it plans to adopt a two-phase plan that includes certification of draft status 802.11n products.
Atheros today announced the launch of a cost-optimized draft 802.11n chipset featuring a 2x2 MIMO design. It also introduced a line of network processors.
Some web surfers on Culver City's free wireless network won't be able to access some content anymore. The Southern California city has installed network filters to prohibit pornographic and peer-to-peer traffic. City officials ordered filtering the content after they noticed some users are downloading pornographic content.
Microsoft today released the first release candidate of its Internet Explorer 7 web browser. The "RC1" does not add new features over the most recent beta, but includes fine-tunings to prepare the software for official launch.
Sales of draft 802.11n wireless access points boosted general wireless sales last quarter according to a recently released report by the Dell'Oro Group. The market research firm said 802.11n routers took 8 percent of the router market revenue during the 2nd quarter. Overall revenues were up 30% from the same quarter in 2005.
Marvell today said that it has developed the words first chip that combines WLAN and Bluetooth functionality in one die.
Mountain View (CA) - Google today announced availability of its first Wi-Fi network. Most residents of Mountain View, Calif., can connect to the Internet via a Mesh Wi-Fi network for free. Google said that its network "eventually will cover the entire city" and serve as "testing ground for future innovations."
Air Magnet today announced a family of endpoint security software products focused on securing enterprise mobile Wi-Fi devices.
Chicago (IL) - Skype VoIP phones packaged in a traditional handset form factor have been making their way into the market since early this year. The first generation has been somewhat pricey with manufacturers testing the mass-market appeal of such devices. Now we are seeing the first signs of diversification - US Robotics just announced a simple $25 Skype phone and Logitech a higher-end speakerphone.
New York (NY) - Sprint Nextel aims to become the first nationwide WiMax provider in the U.S. The company today announced plans to deploy its next-generation "4G" network that will combine regular CDMA phone capability with EVDO services and WiMax wireless broadband with an anticipated launch date of Q4 2007 and an estimated reached of 100 million customers in 2008.
AirMagnet today said its VoFi Analyzer has started shipping. The company said that the Analyzer is the first solution to provide automatic analysis of encrypted voice-over-WLAN (VoWLAN) networks.
Ruckus Wireless today announced the commercial availability of a wireless home gateway designed for connection to city-wide Wi-Fi networks at "better than DSL speeds".
Linksys is rolling out two VPN routers aimed at the consumer/small office user. The RVS4000 and RVL200 are both four-port routers that give VPN security to up to five remote users.
Taipei (Taiwan) - New Wireless USB devices are coming, but will there be an operating system to welcome them? At the Certified Wireless USB Developers Conference, major hardware and software companies promised to start providing Certified Wireless USB devices by the end of the year. While this may sound hopeful, DigiTimes today cites Jeff Ravencraft, Intel's technology strategist, as saying Microsoft Vista will not natively support wireless USB devices.
Hawking Technologies today announced that it has started shipments of a high-speed enhanced-range wireless router designed specifically for Mac users.
Despite its increasing popularity, it is no secret that VoIP phone calls cannot quite replace a regular phone, if reliability and call quality is important. A new study now indicates that voice quality has not improved over time; Brix Networks claims that VoIP quality has decreased "significantly and steadily over the last 18 months."
D-Link wants to end all of your virus and SPAM troubles with its new Securespot appliance. The palm-sized box, which fits in between your router and Cable/DSL modem, promises to stop viruses, spam, popups and other nasty malware coming into your network. Parents can even control their children's Internet access times through a web-based control panel.
Microsoft has released new beta versions of Exchange Server 2007 and Forefront Security for Exchange. IT administrators can test out beta version 2 of Microsoft's famous email server program and the new Exchange-specific security gateway, Forefront Security. Exchange 2007 supports 11 languages and has new features such as continuous database backup, enhanced web access and voice access.
Asante Networks today announced that it will begin shipments of two SOHO routers in Q4 of this year.