Phil Hochmuth

Nortel warns of three VPN Router product flaws

Three potential vulnerabilities affecting all Nortel VPN router models were flagged by the company this week. Nortel has issued patches for all three problems.

Cisco set to fight aftermarket sellers

It will target "gray market" dealers who sell used gear to primarily smaller businesses and reportedly take $200 to $300 million in revenue away from the vendor.

LAN/WLAN integration growing, but snags persist

Network managers and vendors have long said they want to unify wired and wireless networks, but there's still a long way to go.

Foundry launches high-density WLAN gear

Foundry Networks says its new wireless LAN equipment supports more connections per access point and supports location tracking and VoIP.

Vendors push gear that runs 10G over Cat 6 copper

Products break new ground and could signal more advances to come from the LAN industry.

Cisco takes first step to revamp its software model

Cisco Systems announced what it said is a simplified software distribution model for its routers and switches, plus a new tool designed to help IT staffers manage large networks.

Cisco plans to separate router hardware, software

The goal is to let users add enhancements such as security or VoIP more quickly, without having to reinstall IOS images on routers and switches.

Are Cisco switches really so expensive?

Is Cisco gear high-priced but worth the investment because of quality support and advanced features -- or just plain high-priced?

What's the biggest, fastest LAN switch?

Ethernet switch vendors such as 3Com, Force10, Cisco, Extreme, Foundry and HP ProCurve constantly tussle with claims of the highest performance, density and latency.

Wi-Fi/cellular convergence presents challenges

The convergence of desktop and mobile phones into a single go-anywhere gadget that works on multiple wireless networks may seem just around the corner, but large-scale deployments are still a long way off, said IT professionals and...

VoIP converts say good riddance to Centrex

Two very different government/nonprofit organizations were both able to hack down their telecom and IT costs by bringing telephony in-house using voice over IP instead of hosted Centrex services.

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