As home networks have proliferated, it's taking a while for peripherals to catch up; ethernet ports are reasonably common on printers, but there's still a price-premium. Winstar's M4 USB Networking Server aims to address that, a compact box that supports connecting up to four different USB 2.0 devices to your home or office network.
Elcomsoft is a privately owned company out of Moscow that specializes in Windows Productivity applications. Recently they have released their new Wireless Security Auditor suite, which is capable of cracking WPA/WPA2-PSK in record time with the utilization of your graphics processor.
iRiver will be briefing the CES crowd in a few short hours, but we thought we'd take an early look at one of the new products they've brought to the show. The WAVE-HOME is not an easy device to categorize other than to say this - iRiver wants it to do a lot for you.
If IP anonymity is important to you, and you find yourself using different computers and internet connections on a regular basis, the Janus Team's new TOR privacy adapter, the JanusPA, could be the solution. Plugged in-line between either your computer and modem, computer and router, or modem and router, it automatically establishes either a TOR or OpenVPN connection to hide your true IP address.
High-end audio specialists LINN have announced the MAJIK DS, a digital media player that integrates with the company's DS range and offers streaming of WAV, FLAC, MP3, AIFF and ALAC audio across a standard wired ethernet. UPnP compatible, the MAJIK can play content from networked computers or NAS media servers.
The picture might not suggest it, but this is actually a very clever power socket. The work of Phil Endecott, it's actually linked up to a Linksys NSLU2, the network storage device known as the "Slug"; he uses it to switch on and off his seldom-used printer remotely from elsewhere on his network.
Sony has quitted developing LCD panel for home theater projector years ago, they’ve shifted investment on SXRD technology and left the most affordable 3 chips panel process to Epson. But the game is still on for business class division. They have expanded its BrigtEra’s Inorganic technology onto another high lumen data beamer with the availability of VPL-FX41, a 0.79-inch XGA 3 chips LCD panel that is capable of producing 5,200 lumen and 900:1 contrast.
Reports yesterday that WPA had been partially cracked promptly began to spiral into talk of general router insecurity and the likelihood of bandwidth and data thieves roaming the streets. In actual fact, the incident is more a proof-of-concept than anything else, and could be argued as a flaw in a subsection of a section of WPA encryption. Ars Technica's Glenn Fleishman has thrashed out the details - and exactly what we should be worried about.
Arduino have taken the tiny wraps off of the official ethernet shield for their open-source prototyping platform, which adds network connectivity to the device. Based on the Wiznet W5100 ethernet chip, the new shield provides a network (IP) stack capable of both TCP and UDP, and supports up to four simultaneous socket connections.
Backup isn't generally seen as glamorous, and the Iomega StorCenter ix2 is unlikely to change that perception. A sober gray box, the ix2 is as compact as dual 3.5-inch SATA-II hard-drives will let it be. However inside there lurks an iTunes-compatible media server, printer sharing facility and optional CCTV recording and Bluetooth file transfers, all for a competitive entry price. Can the StorCenter ix2's hidden charms change our mind about the unbearable dullness of archiving?
Startup wireless networking firm Quantenna are claiming to be able to dramatically increase WiFi throughput and signal coverage with their upcoming range of draft-N chips. Taking advantage of existing aspects of the 802.11n specification that, the company suggests, are currently being under-appreciated, the Quantenna approach is to use multiple concurrent radio channels. These can either double up on data transmission, increasing reliability and range, or be used discretely to layer transmissions up to the quoted 1Gbps rate.