Networking briefs: Integrity, Novell, NZ wireless networks

Networking briefs: Integrity, Novell, NZ wireless networks

Integrity laptop phones

Using Avaya's telephony headset extension, Softphone, networking distributor Integrity Data Systems is looking to demonstrate how to make calls from a laptop at the Networld+Interop conference in Melbourne (September 5-7).

The IP phone enables the user to be contacted anywhere in the world via a central IP PABX, providing the functionality of a fixed telephone handset.

The IP Softphone forms part of Avaya's range of converged voice and data systems. It is designed for call centres, mobile employees, branch offices, the education market and telecommuters.

NZ wireless data networks wide open

The insecurity of wireless data networks has been exposed in a sweep through the heart of Auckland.

Armed with a laptop and a wireless card, a joint team of ARN sister publications ComputerWorld and PC World (NZ) was able to sniff out almost 30 wireless LANs, only four of which were secured.

One network, identified as "ACG Admin", not only allowed access to its network, but allowed the team to log on to a remote Web server.

Novell slow in Q3 and warns of no reliefDespite continued sluggish sales, network software producer Novell reported third-quarter earnings that slightly beat analysts' expectations. However, the company warned that the weakened IT market will show no signs of recovery until mid-2002.

Novell reported net earnings of $US13 million, or $0.04 per share, excluding non-recurring items, for the quarter ending July 31, the company said in a statement.

The consensus from three analysts polled by First Call/Thomson Financial had been for Novell to break even at $0.00 per share.

Due to extraordinary one-time restructuring costs of $39 million taken in the quarter, Novell reported a loss in its net income of $19 million, equalling a loss of $0.06 per share, Novell said.

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