What's new from: Strix, SonicWall, CA, 3Com

What's new from: Strix, SonicWall, CA, 3Com

Strix Access/One Network

Strix has launched the Access/One Network, which delivers full wireless connectivity and management functionality through mesh topology. It distributes intelligence across the system by implementing management software at the node level. Each node is an independent machine, yet all nodes constantly communicate to optimise network operation. The nodes self-configure, self-discover, self-tune and self-heal. While Access/One Network self-manages, the same management functionality is available via the Manager/One software interface, giving the IT manager complete manual control over the network. The product is distributed in Australia by Lan 1.

RRP: Base module pricing is $425


SonicWall has released a security solution that integrates 802.11a/b/g wireless with an enterprise-class firewall/VPN gateway. According to the company, the modular Distributed Wireless Solution scales to virtually any network deployment, whether adding wireless into an existing network infrastructure or creating a wireless network from the ground up. The solution offers advanced security features such as WiFiSec and wireless intrusion detection services, combined with support for industry standards including IPSec and WPA. Users can manage the distributed wireless network with SonicWall’s Global Management System solution. SonicPoints are tri-mode, dual band, dual radio, IEEE 802.11a/b/g compliant, satellite access points that provide secure mobility and wireless LAN connectivity for users on the network. SonicPoints require no pre-configuration as they are centrally configured and managed by any SonicWall security appliance. Using SonicWall’s Distributed Wireless Architecture, SonicPoints deliver features such as wireless intrusion detection, wireless firewalling, secure wireless roaming, and Wireless Guest Services (WGS). SonicPoints are plenum-rated and can receive power over Ethernet (PoE) from SonicWall’s IEEE 802.3af compliant PoE Injector or a third-party device to aid in convenient deployment of SonicPoints in any network. The SonicPoint access points and components of the distributed wireless solution is available from ACA Pacific, Dovetail and Lan 1.

RRP: $774

CA Wireless Site Management

Computer Associates has launched the beta version of Wireless Site Management (WSM), a solution that enables customers to manage and secure enterprise-wide WLAN deployments while reducing the risk and complexity associated with Wi-Fi (802.11 networks) implementations. The estimated launch date in Australia is Q4 2004. The rapid enterprise adoption of wireless technology is presenting major challenges to IT organisations, according to the company. WLANs are vulnerable to security breaches since they lack robust and manageable security schemes, and wireless networks can be accessed from outside the enterprises’ walls. WLAN security is therefore highly complex and labour-intensive, requiring administrators — and even end users — to manually configure and manage security settings on devices that access the WLAN. Proper setup and operation of the WLAN itself is also a major challenge, as individual access points must be configured correctly to minimise radio frequency interference and provide optimum throughput for users. Additionally, rogue (unauthorised) access points make even the most secure WLAN implementation vulnerable. CA’s WSM addresses all of these challenges by providing a complete security and management solution for enterprise Wi-Fi networks. Key features and benefits of WSM include: Automatic WLAN discovery and prevention of rogue users and devices; automatic encryption key management; location- and time-based access control; connection load balance; and built-in reporting. WSM augments CA’s Unicentre and eTrust management solutions by enabling IT organisations to secure and manage the wireless infrastructure as an integrated extension of the wired infrastructure. The product will be distributed in Australia by Tech Pacific and Express Data.

RRP: Price is yet to be determined.

3Com OfficeConnect router

3Com has rolled out an ADSL Wireless 11g firewall router that combines an ADSL modem, router, 802.11g wireless access point, four-port switch, and firewall to enable up to 253 total (128 wireless) users share a single ADSL connection. Ideal for small businesses, the high-speed routing engine handles large data transfers and Internet downloads, including those from multimedia applications, according to the company. To shield wireless connections, the 11g gateway router implemented 256-bit WPA encryption for maximum security, along with 40/64- & 128-bit WEP encryption for legacy clients, the company said. Additional security features include URL or keyword filtering to control access to inappropriate websites, allow/deny access control lists, SSID Broadcast Disable, and MAC filtering. The solution is distributed in Australia by Lan Systems, Tech Pacific and Ingram Micro.

RRP: $294

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