Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy is a former executive editor at Computer Shopper magazine and editor at CNET Networks.

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CES 2009: Hands-on with Linksys by Cisco Wireless Home Audio system

With its past purchases of Linksys and set-top-box maker Scientific Atlanta, Cisco hasn't exactly been subtle about its intentions to be a major player in the connected home. Thus far, those acquisitions hadn't produced anything particularly noteworthy, but that appears to change with the company's new Linksys by Cisco Wireless Home Audio system.

January 11, 2009 by


CES 2009: Hands-on with Netgear's new streaming media devices

Certainly one of the big stories at CES this year has been TV manufacturers finally embracing the Internet on their new sets, thanks in large part to the widget platform that adds real-time streaming info on-screen while you're watching shows. But home networking companies aren't yielding the living room just yet, as Netgear demonstrated to me this afternoon at their booth.

January 8, 2009 by


HP introduces new ex485 and ex487 MediaSmart Servers with Time Machine support

Instead of waiting for the information to inevitably leak, HP has jumped the gun on CES and announced two new additions to its MediaSmart Server line of network attached storage (NAS) devices. The ex485 and ex487 will both be available in February, and one of their major enhancements is Mac support, including working as an iTunes server as well as a Time Machine backup device.

December 29, 2008 by


Novatel Wireless launches MiFi mobile router--no tethering required

Novatel Wireless is looking to advance the sharing of 3G signals with the new MiFi mobile router, a slender unit that doesn't need to be connected to a laptop or even plugged in to allow multiple devices to connect to the Internet wirelessly via a 3G cellular network.The battery-powered MiFi can deliver four hours of use before needing to be recharged, making it well-suited for environments like a car, where passengers could do work over the Web as they roll along.

December 17, 2008 by


Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Wireless routers

OK, getting the wrong type of person a router for a gift could be a one-way ticket to holiday hell. But if you're buying for someone who's expressed a desire for one, or you want to take advantage of holiday deals to upgrade your own network, there are plenty of worthy products that are great for staying connected.

December 15, 2008 by