Wireless FAQ: Security
June 30, 2006 10:54
Got a question about wireless security? Consult our Wireless Security FAQ.
Wireless FAQ: Setup and Configuration
June 26, 2006 09:37
You've got wireless questions. We've got the answers. So we're bringing back our Frequently Asked Questions. And what better place to start than with Wireless Setup and Configuration? Enjoy!
Draft 802.11n Revealed: Part 2 - Interoperable? Not So Much
June 14, 2006 10:34
In Part 2 of our series, Tim Higgins discovers an embarrassingly low level of interoperability among draft 802.11n products. And they're not very neighborly, either.
Draft 802.11n Revealed: Part 1 - The Real Story on Throughput vs. Range
June 1, 2006 10:53
Don't read this article if you've already made up your mind to not buy draft 802.11n products. But if you're still optimistic, Tim Higgins offers an unprecedented look at how some draft 11n products don't even beat 11g!
Buy Draft 11n!
May 9, 2006 09:49
The nattering nabobs of negativity are at it again, telling us to stay away from the latest and greatest in wireless networking technology. Tim Higgins thinks they're just a bunch of weenies.
EV-DO Broadband, Live And Direct From The Woods
April 25, 2006 08:29
As wireless broadband access becomes more ubiquitous, is it becoming possible for a businessperson to conduct his everyday work, at high speed, out in the middle of nowhere? Scott Fulton reports from the wilds of Indiana.
Wireless Networking Need To Know 2006
February 27, 2006 17:26
It's been a few years since our first Wireless Need to Know series and lots has changed. Hence, our freshly updated 2006 version.
Review: MetaGeek Wi-Spy 2.4 GHz Spectrum Analyzer
February 12, 2006 11:40
When we first heard about a 2.4GHz spectrum analyzer for $99 bucks, we thought it couldn't be real. But it turns out that MetaGeek's Wi-Spy works well enough that it will probably cut into sales of the higher-priced stuff.
Review: Netgear WPNT834 RangeMax 240 Wireless Router
January 17, 2006 11:30
We have seen the future of high speed wireless and it's not all bright. Tim Higgins drills down deep into what makes the Netgear RangeMax 240 Wireless Router tick and finds some things that don't bode well for current owners of 802.11b/g gear.
How We Test Wireless LAN Products
January 16, 2006 12:10
In late 2005, I moved into a new home and had to establish new test locations. Since this essentially wiped the slate clean in terms of being able to compare wireless test results going forward to those from my previous reviews, I also decided to establish new test methodology and add a scoring system.
November 28, 2005 13:44
About a year ago we looked at three products representing three technologies that claimed to deliver higher wireless speed and extended range. This time it's eight MIMO and one non-MIMO product that Tim Higgins put to the test, with surprising results.
Bluetooth scanning goes mainstream
October 31, 2005 09:11
In the last week, two companies released free Windows utilities that scan for Bluetooth devices. Humphrey Cheung spoke with the author of one of the programs to find out whether we are on the verge of a "Bluedriving" age.
Wi-Finding Duo: ZyXEL AG-225H And TRENDnet TEW-509UB
October 27, 2005 09:00
Wherever you go, there's a wireless hotspot nearby... or is there? We look at two finger-sized Wi-Fi finders from ZyXEL and TrendNET that can answer that question with no notebook required.
Linksys Product Preview - WAP54GPE Wireless-G Exterior Access Point
October 26, 2005 08:50
This time it's not the FCC website that provides a view of an upcoming Linksys product, but Linksys' own website instead. Tim Higgins provides the intimate details on the company's first foray into the outdoor AP market.
Review: ZyXEL ZyAIR G-2000 Plus 802.11g Wireless 4-port Router
October 6, 2005 10:57
ZyXEL's G-2000 Plus lets you implement WPA Enterprise without the hassle of setting up a RADIUS server. But Jim Hubbard found its routing performance could be a problem for those with higher-speed Internet connections
How To: Sniffing the Air
September 28, 2005 11:33
The nice thing about wireless LANs is that you don't have to be physically connected to use them. But that strength also opens the door to security problems. Derek Boiko-Weyrauch shows you how a popular open source tool can be used to keep tabs on WLAN activity.
How To: Building a BlueSniper Rifle - Part 2
August 12, 2005 08:05
It took longer than we expected, but the second and final part of Humphrey Cheung's BlueSniper Rifle How To is here. Boot up your Linux machine and get ready to make some firmware!
Review: AirMagnet Spectrum Analyzer
July 6, 2005 11:41
With ever-increasing congestion on the wireless bands, RF analysis is an important tool for admins and designers to have in their WLAN toolkits. Tim Higgins reviews AirMagnet's first spectrum analysis product and thinks it will give buyers a powerful new alternative.
"One-Touch" Wireless Security - Buffalo Technology's AOSS vs. Linksys' SecureEasySetup
June 21, 2005 08:20
Push-button wireless security setup holds the promise of enabling mere mortals to quickly and easily lock down their wireless LANs. We examine two technologies with similar goals and find them more alike than different.
How To Crack WEP - Part 3: Securing your WLAN
June 7, 2005 17:05
Humphrey Cheung turns the tables in his final installment of the WEP Crack series. Part III describes an approach to wireless security that matches defensive measures against the level of expected threat.
Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router reviewed
June 6, 2005 01:00
Linksys' WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router seems to have taken the lead over its sibling the WAP54G Access Point. Although it's priced about the same, it has a key difference that you should know about before you buy. Read our review to make an informed purchase!
How To Crack WEP - Part 2: Performing the Crack
May 18, 2005 10:50
In Part 2 of this series, Humphrey Cheung shows how to use the tools configured in Part 1 to capture data and perform a WEP key recovery.
Head to Head: ASUS WL-530g vs. Linksys WRT54GC Mini Wireless Routers
May 12, 2005 11:09
Small is cool and small can be convenient. But is having a four-port wireless router that's slightly larger than a pack of bubble gum really what the doctor ordered? Jim Hubbard looks at two mini-wonders and draws his own conclusions.
How To Crack WEP - Part 1: Setup & Network Recon
May 10, 2005 09:05
It's common knowledge that WEP can be "easily" cracked. But did you ever wonder how "easy" it is? In Part 1 of a two-part series, Humphrey Cheung takes you step-by-step through putting together a WEP-cracking setup and using Kismet to find vulnerable wireless LANs.
Opinion: The Multiple Ins And Outs Of MIMO
April 26, 2005 10:19
When talking about the next generation of Wi-Fi, you can almost start to feel caught in an endless good news, bad news loop. Glenn Fleishman weighs in on where MIMO has come from and where it's going.
Opinion: 3 Sides to 3G
April 18, 2005 09:36
3G wireless services are finally starting to take root in the U.S. But Peter Rysavy warns that mobile broadband via cellular networks could be a victim of its own success.
Review: Actiontec 54Mbps Wireless Network Camera
April 12, 2005 15:50
There are many consumer-priced networked cameras on the market today and even 802.11g wireless capability is pretty much a ho-hum feature. Humphrey Cheung took a look at Actiontec's offering, but found most of its differentiation to be in its negatives.
Review: NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless Router
April 8, 2005 16:30
NETGEAR's RangeMax wireless products hope to bring MIMO to the masses with promises of longer reach at higher speeds, but at prices perhaps more tempting to budget-conscious networkers. Tim Higgins takes an in-depth look at this new MIMO contender and finds a marriage of technologies that still have some issues to work out.
Strom: WiFi as urban renewal
April 7, 2005 10:19
Cities and towns all over America have seen their centers wither and die as people abandon them for suburban malls with acres of free, easy parking. David Strom thinks there's a way to lure them back.
The Feds can own your WLAN too
March 31, 2005 15:22
WEP cracking usually conjures up images of geeks with evil intent. But Humphrey Cheung recently attended an FBI demonstration that showed at least some law enforcement types not only know about the latest generation of tools but also how to use 'em.