wireless

More fail in the works…

I have had zero luck with hardware lately: from the Laptop that doesn’t like to run Linux (Toshiba Satelite L505-GS5035), buying the Kindle days before the iPad launched, buying a Lexmark printer, a 32Gb SSD drive just before deciding I wanted to dual boot, etc, etc :)

So I decided to ride the curve :) I ordered a pair of NetGear powerline-network plugs to let me connect my computer room to the cable router without going over the wireless n, which I’d rather not use if I don’t have to – there are so many wireless networks here it’s hard to find a channel I get decent reception on :(

Oh, here little wifi vpn…

In my efforts to find a Wireless-N VPN/Router for home I discovered two things:

1. Cisco appear to believe their brand name = sale; consider the “Introducing Valet” page. You’ve never heard of it before, and the page doesn’t tell you anything about it, but there’s a handy “buy now” button. It says Cisco on it and looks like it was designed for ages 5-12. Why would you want confusing with technical stuff?

2. Vendors seem to have become shy of putting their wireless and vpn technologies on the same devices: I can only find two Wireless-N routers with VPN features (only one of which seem to be a VPN client rather than a server), a dozen or so Wireless-G and lots of pre-G devices that are no-longer available but still show up in google/bing searches…

Bah, humbug.