Connectivity Briefs: Motorola, Sniffer, Educom

Connectivity Briefs: Motorola, Sniffer, Educom

Wireless merger talks

Motorola and Nortel Networks are reportedly considering merging their respective wireless network equipment businesses. The two companies are currently in discussions, according to published reports. The reports suggest that Motorola president Ed Breen and several top Nortel executives are considering a few options, including the possible purchase of Motorola's $US6.5 billion wireless division by Nortel's $5.7 billion wireless business. Neither company would be drawn on the speculation.

Sniffer tool helps spot wireless LAN intrudersNetwork Associates' Sniffer Technologies division has announced an update for its Sniffer Wireless analysis tool, adding a way to detect "rogue" devices that have joined a wireless LAN without permission. Sniffer Wireless 2.0 does this detection automatically by comparing the list of IP and MAC addresses of authorised devices with the entire group of devices on the wireless LAN. The process enables Sniffer Wireless to spot any rogue device that may have joined the LAN without proper authorisation. With the previous version, network managers had to do this detection manually, by looking through the report, according to Rich Van De Groenekan, a senior product manager at Sniffer Technologies. Sniffer Wireless 2.0 costs $US7995 for a two-year subscription or $9995 for a perennial licence.

Educom wins Citrix learning centre awardEducom has been named as the top Asia-Pacific Citrix Authorised Learning Centre (CALC) for the fourth calendar quarter of 2001. Educom beat off competition from 22 other CALCs to secure the largest amount of Citrix courseware sold during the quarter. The company was also selected in recognition of its commitment to Citrix training initiatives, according to a statement released by Citrix.

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