After a rocky start hampered by security issues, vendors are now putting the necessary technologies out to move closer to making secure wireless roaming a reality.
Just days after Microsoft released a Windows XP upgrade to boost wireless security, Nortel Networks has announced a wireless product line with security in mind.
Nortel's product line features the WLan Security Switch 2250, which provides standards-based security, carrier grade load balancing, adaptive tunnelling to set user access to selective services, and features to locate authorised access points.
"Many companies are talking about wireless local area networks [Lans]. However, very few have addressed the missing link: security," said Malcolm Collins, president of enterprise networks at Nortel.
The new product portfolio, he added, will deliver secure roaming capabilities that seamlessly span converging public and private networks, as well as hotspot environments.
Gemma Paulo, senior analyst for data and voice communications at In-Stat, said in a statement: "Nortel dual-mode architecture that supports both the 802.11a and 802.11b standards, as well as its focus on the enhancement of security, roaming and network management in the wireless Lan, provides an attractive offering to the enterprise."
Other products in the line-up include a dual-band access point, a mobile internet protocol telephony client and a Wi-Fi PC card.
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