Connectivity Briefs: Secure, Unixpac & Symark, WLAN

Connectivity Briefs: Secure, Unixpac & Symark, WLAN

Secure hits the road

Secure Computing is running a roadshow to launch its new range of firewalls. A hybrid of its own Sidewinder product and the Gauntlet version it acquired from Network Associates earlier in the year, the new enterprise-class firewalls will offer a range of security settings as well as embedded servers to protect domain name servers and mail traffic in one package. The events - to be held in Melbourne (November 12), Sydney (November 15) and Canberra (November 18) - will also feature a talk by Scott Montgomery, director of engineering for Secure Computing, on firewall technology trends.

Unixpac signs with Symark

Security distributor Unixpac has signed up with Symark to sell its access control solutions to customers in Australia and New Zealand. Symark PowerBroker and PowerPassword provide system administrators with the tools to delegate administrative privileges, strengthen logins and passwords, and restrict access to data, files and directories. "With the addition of Symark's security solution products, we can now provide our customers with a more complete security umbrella in the important areas of privilege management, password, and login control," said Edward Lenta, sales director for Unixpac.

WLAN hits 4-mile range

A new US company called Vivato has introduced a wireless LAN switch coupled with a planar phased-array antenna that it claims significantly boosts WLAN range to slightly more than four miles, compared to hundreds of feet for standard WLAN access points. Phil Belanger, vice president of marketing at Vivato, said the company has targeted its product at organisations that want to serve a large building or a campus environment. Other markets targeted by Vivato include the public-access WLAN market and wireless Internet service providers. Besides a dramatic increase in range, Belanger said Vivato's new technology also promises an equally impressive jump in throughput.

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