Symbol, Trapeze Switches Boost Wireless Security

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2005-02-28 Print this article Print

Symbol's WS 2000 and Trapeze's MXR-2 small-office wireless switches both perform well in eWEEK Labs' tests, but each is suited to a different kind of network.

eWEEK Labs evaluation of two small-office wireless switches showed that both perform well but that each is suited to a different kind of network.

We tested Symbol Technologies Inc.s WS 2000 Wireless Switch and Trapeze Networks Inc.s MXR-2 Mobility Exchange. Both products offer the highest levels of wireless security, supporting AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and pass-through of 802.1x authentication to back-end authentication servers.

However, we found differences in the products abilities to help small networks achieve this protection without requiring existing network services, and we also noted differences in wireless IDS (intrusion detection system) functions, ongoing management and deployment capabilities.

IT managers at small companies or branch offices who are looking to upgrade wireless equipment to support the latest security measures will find that these products measure up, but management, mobility and power concerns should be weighed as well.

Click here to read the review of Trapezes MXR-2. Click here to read the review of Symbols WS 2000 Wireless Switch. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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