AirMagnet breaks new ground in wireless spectrum analysis

Everyone needs a Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer, but there are times when analyzing cellular spectrum is also essential. Fluke Networks' new AirMagnet Spectrum ES provides a broad range of capability at a very attractive price. Spectral analysis, a longstanding fixture in electronics and manufacturing test, and, more recently as a valuable tool for understanding coverage, interference, and other elements of Wi-Fi, is the art and science of extracting meaning and insight from wireless systems at Layer 1 -- radio waves.

By Craig Mathias | 24 March, 2014 11:10

Tags: Networking, wireless, Wireless Management, anti-malware

Averail Access aces mobility management test

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) can encompass a broad range of functions, from managing mobile devices, to applications, expenses, personnel, and policies. But perhaps the most important aspect is mobile information/data/content management, tracking the distribution and usage of sensitive organizational data, as well as ensuring appropriate security and policy compliance.

By Craig Mathias | 20 January, 2014 11:53

Tags: network storage, Configuration / maintenance, dropbox, Networking, storage, hardware systems, wireless, Wireless Management, anti-malware, Data Center, Storage Management

Review: PowerCloud delivers Wi-Fi access point and cloud-based management for small business

PowerCloud Systems has released a cloud-based Wi-Fi solution that fills the gaps between residential products that lack management and features, and enterprise systems that can be overkill in smaller organizations.

By Craig Mathias | 11 November, 2013 12:13

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, wireless, anti-malware, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Smart card readers for the iPhone and iPad

Flexible PKard Reader and elegant Tactivo bring smart card authentication to your favorite mobile device

By Joseph Roth | 09 October, 2013 21:06

Tags: ios, iPhone, hardware systems, authentication, software, tablets, operating systems, iPad, consumer electronics, Thursby Software, mobile technology, security, smartphones

Review: Samsung's most affordable, triple-level cell SSD

Samsung claims its latest consumer drive, one of a new generation of three-bits-per-cell NAND flash devices, has the same endurance and performance, but a lower price, than its predecessors.

By Lucas Mearian | 25 September, 2013 10:07

Tags: SSD, Drives, Data storage, storage

Super-fast Wi-Fi: Cisco, Ubiquiti access points top out at nearly 400Mbps

Earlier this year we tested several consumer-level 802.11ac routers. Here, we take a look at two enterprise-level access points. They're a part of the so-called "Wave 1" phase of the 802.11ac standard: both access points support up to three spatial streams and 80 MHz wide channels, offering theoretical data rates up to 1.3Gbps. But just as we saw with the 802.11ac routers, you won't get throughput rates nearly that fast.

By Eric Geier | 16 September, 2013 10:35

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, wireless, anti-malware, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Best tools for protecting passwords

For enterprises trying to get a handle on password management, the good news is that there are products that can help implement stronger password policies for end users logging into corporate and personal Web-based services, as well as for employees who share a local server login.

By David Strom | 03 September, 2013 10:23

Tags: Trendmicro, LastPass, security, endpoint security, Wide Area Network

What to look for when evaluating password manager software

Here are the significant issues that can distinguish one password manager product from another. You'll probably make a similar list of requirements as you do your own research for password managers.

By David Strom | 03 September, 2013 06:04

Tags: Blackberry, Apple, dropbox, LastPass, security, endpoint security, Wide Area Network

What is a vulnerability?

Judging by initial appearances, our security testing turned up a ton of vulnerabilities – nearly 150 of them. In reality, however, none represented actual issues in the Huawei switch.

By David Newman | 30 August, 2013 06:15

Tags: security, Ethernet Switch, Rapid7, Wide Area Network, LAN & WAN

F5 data center firewall aces performance test

Huge data center, check. Multiple 10G Ethernet pipes, check. Load balancer, check. Firewall? Really? Do network architects need to buy yet another box, and likely take a performance hit?

By David Newman | 22 July, 2013 11:21

Tags: F5 Networks, Firewall & UTM, choice, security, Wide Area Network

Smart card readers for the iPhone and iPad

Flexible PKard Reader and elegant Tactivo bring smart card authentication to your favorite mobile device

By Joseph Roth | 10 July, 2013 13:24

Tags: ios, iPhone, smartphones, hardware systems, authentication, software, tablets, operating systems, iPad, consumer electronics, mobile technology, security

Keep watch: 5 cloud security cameras for your home

Cloud-based security cameras can keep watch on your home when you're not around. We tested 5 of these systems and report on our findings.

By Robert L. Mitchell | 25 June, 2013 13:33

Tags: Computer Peripherals, security, cloud security, netgear, logitech, internet, cloud computing, D-Link

Cisco impresses with first crack at next-gen firewall

When we tested next-generation firewalls last May, at least one important security vendor wasn't there: Cisco, because they weren't ready to be tested. Now that the ASA CX next-generation firewall has had a year to mature, we put the product through its paces, using the same methodology as our last NGFW test.

By Joel Snyder | 17 June, 2013 11:23

Tags: Firewall & UTM, security, Wide Area Network

Cisco edges F5 in VPN shootout

Connecting remotely to network servers is a fact of life for millions of end users. Whether working from a PC or a mobile device, users rely on secure, reliable remote connections to maintain their productivity.

By Susan Perschke | 22 April, 2013 14:04

Tags: freemium, watchguard, security, cisco, endpoint security, Gateway, Wide Area Network, sonicwall, F5 Networks, Dell

Microsoft DirectAccess impresses

Available since Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsofts DirectAccess server role became fully integrated with the OS in Windows Server 2012. DirectAccess is designed to connect a VPN-type session automatically as soon as a compatible Windows client is connected to the Internet.

By Susan Perschke | 22 April, 2013 10:57

Tags: Shell, security, Microsoft, endpoint security, Wide Area Network

Java security questions answered

Most of the products tested (except Windows Server 2012), use Oracle's Java in one form or another, at least for client access and also in some cases within the management interface. With numerous vulnerabilities recently discovered in Java, leading to guidance from Department of Homeland Security and others to disable it entirely, this raised some questions about usability and possibly even security of the devices tested.

By Susan Perschke | 22 April, 2013 10:57

Tags: watchguard, Microsoft, security, endpoint security, Wide Area Network, Oracle

Hot hotspot gateways

Offering Wi-Fi can be a good way to increase return customers and boost revenue in retail stores, hotels, cafes, etc. And it provides convenience for contractors and associates working in corporate offices and conference rooms. Though visitors might have 4G mobile devices or laptops, Wi-Fi can provide a faster, higher quality connection.

By Eric Geier | 01 April, 2013 14:10

Tags: freemium, Wi-Fi, Networking, wireless, Wireless Management, anti-malware, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Building the perfect Franken-tablet

Finding the right business tablet can be a daunting task. Do you want a 7-inch display or a 10 inch? Built-in keyboard? Snap-on keyboard? Which operating system? What apps? How about ruggedness, style, battery life, price?

By Tom Henderson and Matt Evangelista, ExtremeLabs, Inc. | 11 March, 2013 14:12

Tags: freemium, Configuration / maintenance, PC, Networking, hardware systems, wireless, toshiba, Data Center, anti-malware

Gigabit Wi-Fi? Not so fast.

The newest Wi-Fi technology -- 802.11ac -- promises blazing speeds of up to 1.3Gbps, according to claims made by the leading vendors.

By Wayne Rash | 25 February, 2013 15:29

Tags: freemium, Wi-Fi, Linksys, Networking, netgear, wireless, anti-malware, WLANs / Wi-Fi, D-Link, Buffalo Technology

Four Wi-Fi tools deliver mixed results

During our review of 802.11ac routers, some of the vendors sent along additional products that they thought we might be interested in. Here are short reviews of four WiFi tools that you might find useful in your network.

By Wayne Rash | 25 February, 2013 12:00

Tags: Wi-Fi, Networking, netgear, wireless, anti-malware, WLANs / Wi-Fi

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