Network Solutions Briefs: Xircom, 3Com, Cabletron, Motorola

Network Solutions Briefs: Xircom, 3Com, Cabletron, Motorola

Xircom ships wireless card

Networking vendor Xircom has announced it has started shipping a new credit-card sized wireless LAN PC card for notebooks.

The CreditCard wireless Ethernet Adapter is the first in a series of products resulting from Xircom's recently announced agreement with Cisco Systems to jointly develop wireless LAN products.

The Type II PC card is compliant with the IEEE 802.11b standard, which sees wireless network connection at 11Mbs, and is Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) certified.

The cards will start at $383 for the 40 bit encryption card and $422 for the 128-bit encryption model. The cards will be available through Xircom's distributors: CHA, Express Data and Tech Pacific.

3Com gets Secure help

Networking vendor 3Com is getting in bed with software developer Secure Computing to produce extranet security products within the firewall.

But the companies are reluctant to discuss what will be offered, stating no product information will be available until the first half of 2001. The partnership comes at a time when US Federal Bureau of Investigation figures are indicating up to 58 per cent of security issues are the result of insider intrusions, alleged a statement by Secure Computing.

Cabletron calling traffic

Riverstone, a business unit of Cabletron, has launched a Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology for routers and switches.

The company claims MPLS is designed for metropolitan area network administrators to identify traffic to network components and subsequently, modify levels of service.

Riverstone's MPLS will be available by year-end, with volume shipments commencing in the first quarter of 2001.

Motorola previews carrier access gear

Motorola is making a bid to get more of its gear into carrier networks with an access concentrator that can enforce quality of service as customer traffic enters service provider networks.

The device, called MIPR Intelligent Networking Platform, is a Layer 2, 3 and 4 switch that can enforce QoS policies as customer traffic passes through it.

The device will enable service providers to support services such as streaming video and IP voice, as well as data. By enforcing QoS, it is alleged the box will make more efficient use of network bandwidth.

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