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.

Latest Posts

Why I run an open Wi-Fi network

Why I run an open Wi-Fi network

Security expert Bruce Schneier wrote a column yesterday titled Steal This Wi-Fi explaining why he runs an open wireless network at home:To me, it's basic politeness. Providing internet access to guests is kind of like providing heat and electricity, or a hot cup of tea.

January 10, 2008 by in Networking

Linksys debuts two slick-looking, affordable Wi-Fi routers at CES

Linksys debuts two slick-looking, affordable Wi-Fi routers at CES

Home-networking leader Linksys is following the lead of several other Wi-Fi router vendors with its launch of shiny black MIMO routers. And for the first time, Linksys has moved the antennas inside, like the Netgear RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router, and it offers one-button setup of WPA security, both nice touches for very affordable consumer routers.

January 8, 2008 by in Networking

Netgear boosts signal range with its new RangeMax router

Netgear boosts signal range with its new RangeMax router

I hear a lot about the ever-increasing speed of wireless routers, but what I really need on my network is better range. That’s what caught my attention about Netgear’s new dual-band router announced today at CES: The company says that its unique antenna technology will boost range by up to 20 percent.

January 6, 2008 by in Mobility

D-Link announces dual-band Draft N router for CES launch

D-Link announces dual-band Draft N router for CES launch

D-Link is the first wireless networking vendor to break the wave of CES Wi-Fi announcements with the launch of a new dual-band router designed to handle high-definition media streaming and gaming. D-Link did not immediately have pricing on the router, but it looks like it's going to be costly: Several online sites have the router posted at a presale price of $286.

January 2, 2008 by in Networking