Windows Rally Demo’d at WinHEC

I noticed that there was a demo of Rally technologies at the WinHEC keynote the other day, so I created a link to part of the keynote with the Rally demo. Enjoy.  — Ari Pernick Media Link.asx


The Importance of 5GHz Operation for Video

Recently, I read a great article on ZDNet that discusses the challenges IEEE 802.11n faces with 2.4GHz operation. The article is appropriately titled The Consequences of Abandoning the 5GHz Frontier, and discusses some history, backward compatibility, and interference. The important takeaway from this article is if you want a premium experience of video and other…


Wireless Routers That Rock: First Works With Vista Router

Congratulations to D-Link (powered by Ubicom) for being the first ever to acheive a Windows Vista logo for the DIR-655 wireless router. While Buffalo acheived the premium “Certified for Windows Vista” logo, D-Link was first to meet the baseline “Works with Windows Vista” requirements (months ago). What’s the difference between the two you ask? First, the requirements…


Wireless Routers That Rock: First Certified For Vista Router

Congratulations to Buffalo for being the first to acheive a Certified for Windows Vista logo for their dual-band WZR-AG300NH wireless router.   In short, this device passed over eight hours worth of rigerous testing designed to ensure a fantastic experience of Windows Vista scenarios; including HD video streaming from Media Center to Media Center Extenders over…


Windows Vista Networking Goodies, Part 2: Device & Service Discovery

In my first post of this series, I talked about Windows Connect Now (WCN) and how easy it is in Windows Vista to discover, configure, and securely connect devices to a wireless network. In this post, I’ll talk about how to discover PCs, devices, and services that are available on the network. In Windows XP,…


Windows Vista Networking Goodies, Part 1: Windows Connect Now

In addition to a completely re-written core networking stack, Windows Vista makes networking a significantly easier proposition for home, small business, and enterprise users. In this multi-part series, I’ll describe some new features which greatly simplify the experience of connecting to and configuring new wireless networks, discovering devices and services on the network, and finally…


LLTD is Available for Non-Windows Platforms

Exciting news; the Windows Rally Development Kit was publicly released today on the Windows Rally technologies website! This porting kit is royalty free and provides full source code for an embedded Linux (yes, you read that correctly) reference implementation. Although Linux was used as a reference, this code is designed for easy porting to other platforms, which…


How to Enable the Windows Vista Network Map

As Gabe mentioned in his blog post titled “Xbox 360 Fall Update Includes LLTD,” the Xbox 360 now includes the Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) protocol.  At a basic function level, LLTD gives users a graphical representation of their home network topology.  In addition to the network map, LLTD offers network device manufacturers a standard…


Xbox 360 Fall Update Includes LLTD

There has been a lot of buzz about the recent fall update for the Xbox 360; however, an important new feature which has not been mentioned is support for the Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) protocol. In its basic form, LLTD allows a Windows Vista PC to accurately map the topology of your home network. In…


How to find consumer network gear that rocks: part 2 (QoS)

The “Certified for Windows Vista” logo is comprised of requirements for myriad networking features and scenarios, one of which being network Quality of Service (QoS). What is QoS and why is it important you ask? QoS is an overloaded term, but in short, it is a capability which enables priority handling of differentiated traffic such…