IOGEAR today announced the release of its USB Net ShareStation, which enables network sharing of USB devices, including speakers and webcams.
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- IOGEAR intros USB Print / Storage Server
- TRENDnet adds Multi-Function Print Server trio
CopperGate Communications today announced the purchase of the HomePlug AV business from Conexant Systems. CopperGate said it is now the first semiconductor company with home networking technologies supporting all three wire types coax, phone and power.
D-Link today announced the expansion of its "Green Ethernet" switch product line to include three of its "Web Smart" series products.Tags:
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance today announced its intent to certify IEEE 1901 products. The certification will be based on the HomePlug Alliances 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.
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance today announced that HomePlug and Panasonic have merged their technical submissions to the IEEE P1901 Work Group for Broadband over Powerline (BPL) to submit a joint proposal.
The merged submission offers a single MAC to support both the HD-PLC and HomePlug AV PHYs. As a result, future products based on the merged P1901 proposal can be fully interoperable with existing HomePlug AV and Panasonic HD-PLC products.
The IEEE P1901 group is developing a communications standard for high-speed powerline devices. The standard will be usable by all classes of high-speed BPL products, including networking devices for the first-mile/last-mile connection to broadband services and consumer products providing in-home networking and multimedia distribution. The IEEE P1901 Work Group is expected to approve a proposal later this year.
D-Link yesterday announced its membership in the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), an open, industry-driven initiative promoting distribution of digital video, data and entertainment through existing coaxial cable in the home.
D-Link currently has no products with MoCA-compliant features.Tags:
The HomePNA Alliance today announced that three more companies have joined. The new members are CAIW, a Dutch cable service provider of television, Internet and radio, Ooma, a VoIP handset and service provider, and Phybridge, a gateway manufacturer.
HomePNA creates, promotes and certifies home networking over existing coax cables and phone wires to deliver Internet Protocol (IP) services like IPTV, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and data.
SmallNetBuilder has learned that Belkin has discontinued its Pulse network monitoring product, which was announced in April. A company spokesperson was not able to provide a specific reason for pulling the product.
Pulse might have been conceived as a natural extension of Belkin's Datacenter product line, which includes cabling, racks and UPS products. But the product never really got into distribution and was quietly cancelled sometime in the past month.
Pulse was based on technology from privately-funded JumpNode Systems, which is based in Minneapolis. JumpNode is actively selling its own version of the product, primarily through resellers.
We finally get to the bottom of the confusing "speed" ratings of powerline products.
- IOGEAR intros USB Print / Storage Server
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