Cisco’s Linksys is making noise with its release of new 802.11n-compliant WLAN products, specifically the WRT300N router and the WPC300N PC Card. They're supposed to be faster, more secure, and priced like a Linksys, so we should be happy. But before you envision your wireless Windows networks flying along at unprecedented speeds, take a reality break.Granted, we (meaning me and a Wall St. wireless network administrator who wishes to remain nameless) were working with a WRT300N that was relatively new. Even so, I was disappointed when we pointed an 802.11g-capable HP notebook at the 300N and couldn’t connect at standard 11g speeds. Throughput wasn’t bad, but it was numerically slower than when we disabled the 300N and worked from our usual WRT54G access points.More bad news: Linksys says some funny things about 802.11n performance, and while I know I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, we didn’t even come close to matching some of their claims. Chief … [Read more...] about Ready or not, 802.11n-compliant WLAN products are here
The biggest seller of home wireless LAN equipment is set to launch its gear for the next technology generation on Monday, introducing three products based on a draft of the IEEE 802.11n standard.The still-emerging standard is designed to deliver at least 100Mbps of real throughput. That's more than most wired Ethernet connections and with its improved range is enough to send multiple high-definition video streams throughout a typical home, according to Cisco Systems' Linksys division. The Irvine, California, company is set to launch a wireless router, notebook card and gateway on Monday.Vendors are lining up to offer consumers equipment based on a preliminary version of the standard even though they can't guarantee it will work with other early products. But unless a consumer is already doing huge downloads or trying to send video over a wireless LAN, it makes more sense to wait until next year for lower prices anyway, according to ABI Research analyst Mike Wolf.The WRT300N Wireless-N … [Read more...] about Linksys jumps on faster Wi-Fi bandwagon
The MoKB (Month of Kernel Bugs) project has released a Metasploit 3.0 kernel-level driver exploit for Broadcom based Wireless LAN devices for Windows 2000 and XP. The flaw was discovered by researcher "Johnny Cache" and had been privately disclosed to Broadcom so that they could prepare a fix before the details of the research and proof-of-concept was released in to the public. [UPDATED 11/13/2006 7:00PM - PC makers like Dell, HP, Gateway, Fujitsu, eMachines, other computer manufacturers and others third party Wi-Fi card adapters are affected by this flaw. A simple way to determine if you have an affected Wireless driver is to do a file search for the BCMWL5.SYS file on your system partition which is usually the C drive. Any version of that file below 220.127.116.11 is vulnerable and you can find that information by right clicking on BCMWL5.SYS and selecting "Properties"] Broadcom created an updated reference driver but opted not to issue a security … [Read more...] about Critical Broadcom Windows driver exploit released!