Sean Portnoy

Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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Black Friday deals on wireless networking gear

Black Friday deals on wireless networking gear

Deals on routers aren't going to be drawing the early-morning crowds to stores on Black Friday, but that doesn't mean you can't find them. Now that everyone's ads have leaked to the Internet, here are some of the specials you can expect if you're looking to upgrade your network (or on the off chance you're buying Wi-Fi equipment as a present).

published November 24, 2008 by

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HomePlug revival continues with new Netgear Powerline gear

HomePlug revival continues with new Netgear Powerline gear

Remember when, not so long ago, home networking using power lines seemed down for the count due to slow throughput rates, especially as Draft N wireless devices entered the market? Thanks to improved technology, the HomePlug standard is staging a comeback, with big-name brands like Linksys releasing new kits using the updated HomePlug Turbo and HomePlug AV flavors.

published November 18, 2008 by

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Maxtor introduces Central Axis Business Edition 2TB network-attached-storage device

Maxtor introduces Central Axis Business Edition 2TB network-attached-storage device

Maxtor introduced the Central Axis as its flagship network-attached-storage (NAS) device a few months ago, and now it's trying to extend the brand to the small business segment with its Central Axis Business Edition, which will come packed with 2TB of storage and can automatically back up 20 computers on a network.You've given the option of using the full 2TB for storage across the two included hard drive or to duplicate the data over the drives (a.

published November 16, 2008 by

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Introducing the world's smallest 802.11n adapter

Introducing the world's smallest 802.11n adapter

I'm not sure there was a groundswell of opinion asking networking manufacturers for tinier USB-based network adapter, but smaller is always better, right? At least that's the thinking from Planex, which claims to have built the world's smallest, lightest 802.

published November 9, 2008 by

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Lexmark releases new laser printers with built-in Draft N Wi-Fi

Lexmark releases new laser printers with built-in Draft N Wi-Fi

The days when printers with network connectivity were intended just for the corporate world are quickly coming to a close as more and more manufacturers not only add an Ethernet port to their offerings, but are placing Wi-Fi chips in units as well. Among the rash of new laser printers it's announced this week, Lexmark is introducing the first that support the Draft N spec.

published October 23, 2008 by

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