Symbol Releases Mobility Server and Client Bridge

By Eric Griffith

January 14, 2003

The latest products from Symbol Technologies target mobility in retail WLANs: one a client authentication server and the second bridges Ethernet devices, from laptops to cash registers, to the 802.11b network.

This week at the National Retail Annual Federation Convention and Exposition in New York City, Symbol Technologies of Holtsville, NY, introduced two products targeting "mobility-centric security" for enterprise WLAN deployments.

Symbol has introduced the $399 Spectrum24 Mobility Server, an enterprise Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC) for authentication of client users with dynamic encryption key distribution -- it issues a new and unique key to each user every session and at regular intervals there after -- for security. The Mobility Server is targeted at retail locations so it can be used in conjunction with Spectrum24 802.11b Access Points to support devices roaming in a store, such as mobile point-of-sale setups. The server runs the SuSE Linux 7.2 operating system, has a Web-based interface for configuration, and accepts Compact Flash cards for storage. It can be rack mounted, or put on a desktop or wall.

The new $369 CB 2000 Client Bridge is an the latest edition of the CB 1000, which puts RS-232 serial or Ethernet port enabled products on to the WLAN. The 1000 supported both 11Mbps 802.11b and the 2Mbps Frequency hoping 802.11. The CB2000 is 802.11b only but can connect up to four Ethernet devices when coupled with an Ethernet network hub, effectively putting each connected product on the WLAN. The unit has an embedded Web server interface so any computer on the WLAN can log into it for configuration or to do firmware upgrades. It also supports Kerberos V5 open security and WEP up to 128-bit.

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