3Com gets the nod from US govt reviewers

3Com has been awarded the “best bang for the buck” by Government Computer News. The magazine reviews products for all US government purchasing departments.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  December 27, 2001

3Com has been awarded the “best bang for the buck” by Government Computer News. The magazine reviews products for all US government purchasing departments and it is basically trying to say that the 11Mbps Wireless LAN Solution is good value.

The magazine tested six wireless LAN products and found 3Com’s to be the “most secure and best-priced”. The criteria used were security, transfer rates, price, usability and global compatability and the IEEE 802.11b standard. The main feature 3Com says impressed the reviewers was the Access Point 6000 security mechanism that automaticallly generates an 128 bit encryption key for each user at the beginning of each session. This system protects the network from intruders more effectively than other systems using only 40 bit codes that are the same for every user.

The Wireless LAN Solution comes with a PC card and Xjack antenna and a system providing an optional username/password feature allowing smaller organisations authentication capabilities similar to those available in the Radius-based systems used by larger enterprises.

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