Networking: Reviews

  • Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router (WRT54G2)

    If you don't need a fast, draft-n wireless network, the Linksys WRT54G2 is one of the best options on the market. This is mainly because it's so easy to set up, is a reliable performer, and comes with the convenient LELA configuration and monitoring utility. Plus, it looks good: it's black, sleek, and doesn't have any protruding antennas.

  • NETGEAR RangeMax Next Wireless Router (WNR854T)

    The airy box that surrounds the inner workings of Netgear's WNR854T wireless router certainly isn't the smallest we've seen. Its large size serves a purpose: it allows the unit's three antennas to hide inside. The WNR854T is an 802.11 draft-n router with a four-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, so it should provide plenty of bandwidth for users after quick wireless and wired speeds -- when the router works.

  • The best wireless LAN system for SMBs

    Small businesses have, for some time, been able to easily deploy a wide-open access point or two, or put together a couple of access points with a basic level of security. The thing that hasn't been easily available is a small, secure, managed wireless network that's easy to deploy and administer, and priced for the needs of a smaller business. Now there is such a thing, and its existence does a good job of highlighting what we've been missing. The solution is the Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex Smart WLAN System, and it is a very good thing, indeed, for the SMB wireless market.

  • Netgear WNHDEB111 HD

    This wireless networking kit enables high-performance network gaming and simultaneous streaming of multiple high-definition videos and will connect to any existing router or gateway.

  • Packeteer iShaper is the new king of CIFS

    Network admins have spent many a late night trying to figure out how to improve application response or file replication across the WAN. Faster performance is all about bigger pipes, right?

  • Reflex IPS adds security to your VM life

    Reflex Technologies' Command Center is itself a virtual machine that sits on VMware's ESX server and acts as an intrusion-prevention system, watching connectivity activity between other VMs and the virtual network interface provided by VMware.

  • PlateSpin PowerRecon helps plan for VM growth

    PowerRecon is a planning and monitoring application for organizations with a high number of servers and virtual host targets. On the surface, PowerRecon looks similar to traditional network monitoring/management applications that track application inventory, connectivity and network usage.

  • WLAN analyzers come of age

    In 2004 we tested several wireless LAN protocol analyzers and found two distinct characteristics: Those dedicated and built from the ground up for WLANs, and those that were modest add-ons to what were then labeled classic protocol analyzer products.

  • What's new: Networking

    <b>ARN</b> looks at the latest networking products for the week commencing December 13, 2006.

  • IBM x450 offers so-so performance

    In the dog-eat-dog world of commodity, Intel-based servers, IBM’s eServer xSeries 450 is a greyhound. As is often the case with such purpose-bred creatures, IBM’s lean and svelte rack-mountable 64-bit solution sacrifices computing heft (lots of memory and expansion possibilities) in favour of another worthwhile quality — a smaller footprint.

  • Radware switch targets attacks

    Radware recently debuted a security appliance that could help businesses stop Web-based attacks such as Welchia and MS-SQL Slammer at the network gates.

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