Securing WLANs for SMBBy Carmen Nobel | Posted 2004-02-16 Email Print
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Symbol, Cisco each readying security upgrades and features designed to help smaller companies secure their WLANs.Securing the wireless networks of growing small and midsize businesses is the focus of several top providers such as Symbol Technologies Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., each of which is readying security upgrades and features.
Symbol Technologies plans to release this week its WS 2000, a switch that's designed for offices and that works in wired and wireless capacities.
The WS 2000 switch includes four power-over-Ethernet ports, two Fast Ethernet ports, one WAN uplink and a CompactFlash storage slot, in addition to 64MB of onboard memory.
However, some IT administrators and wireless developers said WLAN security protocols have matured enough to make VPNs unnecessary. "We no longer use VPN with our wireless network," said John Halamka, CIO of CareGroup Healthcare Systems, in Boston. "VPNs are a nightmare to administrate, and we are confident that new security protocols will reduce the use of VPNs."