LAN Access for Everybody
Wireless 3Com Corp. this month will ship two 802.11b wireless LAN access points aimed at both sides of the economic spectrum. The Access Point 2000 is a no-frills, plug-and-play product that comes with an embedded Web server but no additional special features. It costs $229.
Security The Access Point 8000, geared toward large enterprises, is all about security. It includes support for 40-bit Wireless Equivalent Privacy and 129-bit, shared-key encryption; the IEEE 802.1x standard; RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) authentication; and Extensible Authentication Protocol. For organizations that dont have a RADIUS server, the Santa Clara, Calif., companys AP 8000 offers dynamic security linking, meaning each user gets a key that changes with every session.
Support Each AP 8000 can support up to 1,000 user names and passwords. The product costs $899.