Linex Technologies has filed suit against the makers of several technology companies, accusing them of violating patents it owns on wireless communications.
Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Aruba Networks, Meru Networks, and Ruckus Wireless are listed in the complaint filed with the International Trade Commission on May 6. Linex has asked the commission to ban the import of offending products. Among the products listed are HP's Pavilion and Envy laptops, Apple's MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Airport Extreme, and Time Capsule.
Linex, a Florida company that licenses wireless technologies, also filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the … Read more
I recently blogged about how the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard may make wired Ethernet ports a thing of the past in some industries. Whenever I write about wireless in this way, I always get dinged with security concerns. Do we really want our financial transactions and health care records riding over radio waves willy-nilly across the enterprise?
I certainly understand the sentiment. After all, security professionals are paid to be paranoid. My contention however is that while Wi-Fi security has greatly improved over the past few years, many security professionals still hark back to the early days of the easily … Read more
Buried under the end-of-year industry buzz last week was a fairly significant announcement. Wi-Fi leader Aruba Networks and the HP ProCurve division joined the OpenSEA Alliance, a group dedicated to the development and adoption of a robust and reliable open-source 802.1X supplicant for secure access to network and other computing resources. Aruba and HP join existing members including technology vendors Extreme Networks, Identity Engines, Infoblox, Symantec, TippingPoint, and Trapeze Networks. The OpenSEA Alliance also includes Janet, the U.K.'s education and research network boasting 18 million users.
So what the heck is this all about? The 802.1X … Read more
Transition and evolution are a constant in the tech industry as niche products evolve into enterprise infrastructure. This is exactly what's happening with wireless local area networks (WLANs) in large organizations.
It first started awhile back with a few wireless access points in conference rooms. Intel's Centrino processor led to lots more laptops and thus lots more access points. This in turn led to the need for more wireless network management, security, and administrative tools.
All of these things have come to pass and now we are looking at enterprise-wide WLAN deployment, especially in industries such as education, … Read more